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Mike Marusarz changes channels, cities, and his name

Mike Marusarz, most recently doing freelance reporting and anchoring for ABC News in New York, is joining Sunbeam’s WSVN 7 News in South Florida.

He’ll be changing his on-air name in the process to Mike Marza. Beginning next month, Marza will co-anchor, with Lynn Martinez (Olson) the 4, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 evening newscasts. He’ll also report, and fill-in for Craig Stevens, on the 10pm news.

Marusarz has been in New York since leaving KSHB in his native Kansas City in January 2010. Marusarz’s wife, Rhiannon Ally, who also worked in Kansas City at KCTV, moved to New York to co-host Meredith Corp.’s “Better TV.” But it looks like she is South Florida-bound too.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining WSVN and the Sunbeam Television family,” said Marusarz in a press release. “My wife and I are ecstatic to settle into South Florida and make Miami our home.”

Marusarz replaces Charles Billi who left WSVN in February after 12 years with the station.

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Pres. Obama Goes Local, Again. Interviews with WFAA, KCNC, WTHR and WRAL

This afternoon in the Map Room of the White House, anchors and reporters from WFAA (ABC) in Dallas, KCNC (CBS) Denver, WTHR (NBC) Indianapolis and WRAL (CBS) Raleigh will head to the White House for interviews with Pres. Obama. This is a continued effort by the White House to localize their message — in this case, the president’s “shared responsibility and shared prosperity” push.

KCNC political reporter Shaun Boyd will interview the president. On Twitter, the station is promoting live reports at “5p/6p/10p.” For the White House, the hope is that KCNC shares the video with other CBS O&Os in, for example, Sacramento, and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

In Dallas/Ft. Worth’s WFAA, the White House gets access to other Belo-owned stations across Texas — KHOU (CBS) in Houston, KENS (CBS) in San Antonio and KVUE (ABC) in Austin. USA Today has more on Obama’s Texas strategy.

This is the third in a wave of local TV interviews. Last month, the president sat down with WSOC (Charlotte) anchor Natalie Pasquarella, WSVN (Miami) anchor Lynn Martinez, and WPVI’s (Philadelphia) Jim Gardner, who has interviewed every president since 1976.

In February, Obama did interviews with Carol Williams of Cincinnati’s WCPO, Charles Benson of Milwaukee’s WTMJ, and Ryan Nobles of Richmond’s WWBT.

With 2012 Election Looming, President Again Welcomes Local Reporters to White House

In what appears to be an ongoing strategy to reach local viewers as the 2012 election looms on the horizon, President Obama sat down with reporters from three local stations last Friday, moments after he delivered a statement announcing military action in Libya.

Following a similar arrangement last month in which reporters from Milwaukee’s WTMJ, Richmond’s WWBT, and Cincinnati’s WCPO were invited to the White House for one-on-one interviews with the President, crews from Charlotte’s WSOC, Philadelphia’s WPVI, and Miami’s WSVN headed to D.C. last week to speak with Obama.

The one-on-one interviews are an opportunity for local journalists to ask the President about issues directly related to their communities, while also perhaps giving Obama, who has faced criticism in the last several days over his handling of U.S. intervention in Libya, a reprieve from the regular hammering he receives from the national media.

On Friday, Obama sat down with WSOC anchor Natalie Pasquarella, WSVN anchor Lynn Martinez, and WPVI’s Jim Gardner, who has interviewed every president since 1976. Read more