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WRC Launches Series on Mental Health

wrc setWRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., is launching “Changing Minds,” a year-long series on mental health. The series will “consist of powerful and compelling elements including news stories, public service announcements, town halls, specials and partnerships,” according to the station.

“We have been seeing too many tragedies that might have been prevented if only someone got the right kind of help,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick said in a statement. “By shining a light on a topic that unfortunately carries stigmas and doesn’t get all the attention it deserves, we hope to make a difference and save lives.”

The campaign launches tomorrow, the first day of National Mental Health month, with reports throughout the day on WRC newscasts and online. WRC will also have a daylong phone bank staffed with professionals from CrisisLink.

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Liz Crenshaw to Retire After 34 Years at WRC

liz crenshaw wrcAfter 34 years at WRC in Washington, D.C., Liz Crenshaw is retiring from the NBC owned station.

“This is a note I had hoped never to have to write, but Liz Crenshaw has informed me she plans to retire at the end of May,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick wrote in a note to WRC staff this morning. “Our viewers know Liz as a fierce advocate who saves them time and money — not to mention lives as in the case with some of her investigations over the years. We know Liz as a generous colleague, a reliable co-worker, and a good friend.”

Crenshaw began at WRC as an assignment editor. She eventually became a producer in the consumer unit, and when Lea Thompson left WRC for “Dateline” in 1993, Crenshaw became part of the on-air team.

In Goldrick’s note, Crenshaw said she looks forward “with great excitement to what lies ahead — more time with my family — and new adventures.”

Goldrick’s note is after the jump. Read more

Chris Lawrence Joins WRC From CNN

chris lawrenceChris Lawrence is joining WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., as the weekend evening anchor.

Lawrence joins WRC from CNN, where he has worked since 2004, most recently as a Pentagon correspondent. During his 10 years at CNN, he has also worked in the network’s Los Angeles and Chicago bureaus.

“Chris has proven himself to be a first-class journalist. We believe his background and experience make him a perfect fit with the NBC4 team,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick said in a statement.

Before CNN, Lawrence worked at WXYZ in Detroit, WTVH in Syracuse and WDBB in Tuscaloosa. More from WRC after the jump. Read more

Zachary Kiesch Joins WRC’s Prince George’s County Bureau

Zachary Kiesch is moving into a new role as an on-air reporter at WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. He will be based in the station’s Prince George’s County Bureau.

Kiesch joined the station in 2010. In his off-camera role, he has been shooting and writing feature stories for WRC’s sports department and evening newscasts. He has also worked as a producer on “District Matters,” WRC’s community affairs program.

“For the last three years, Zachary has been working hard to learn all he could to fulfill his dream of reporting,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick said in a note to staffers. “I think we can all say that it’s paid off.  His style, his eagerness and his commitment are impressive and will serve him well as he joins our Prince George’s County Bureau.”

Scott MacFarlane Joins WRC

Reporter Scott MacFarlane is joining WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., vice president of news Mike Goldrick announced today.

“For the past eight years, Scott has been a Washington Bureau reporter for the COX stations, focusing on investigative stories impacting the markets where COX has stations.  He understands enterprise reporting and the importance of digging for stories,” Goldrick wrote in a memo to WRC staffers.

Before joining Cox, MacFarlane was a reporter at WOIO in Cleveland, WWJ in Detroit and WTVH in Syracuse.

Reporter Mark Segraves to Join WRC

Mark Segraves is joining WRC in Washington, DC, vice president of news Mike Goldrick announced in a note to staffers today.

Segraves joins the NBC O&O on February 11. He has spent nearly a decade as a reporter at rival WJLA, the ABC affiliate in DC, as well as reporting for WTOP, a local radio station.

“We’re sure that Mark will help us as part of our efforts to create an investigative/enterprise stories culture that drive differentiation in our newscasts. Please join me in welcoming Mark to the team,” Goldrick wrote.

WPXI Shuffles Weekend, Morning Meteorologists

Pittsburgh NBC-affiliate WPXI has swapped the schedules of two meteorologists, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Mike LaPoint (pictured), formerly the meteorologist for the weekday morning newscast, has been reassigned to weekends. Kevin Benson, formerly the weekend meteorologist, will take his place in the mornings.

“Viewers in Pittsburgh have come to trust Kevin over the years on weekends, and we felt Kevin’s friendly presence would be a perfect addition to the morning team,” WPXI news director Mike Goldrick said.

WPXI Morning Anchors Fall for Spoof Report on Steelers Receiver Hines Ward

NFL fans watching WPXI yesterday morning were surprised to hear anchor Todd McDermott report that Hines Ward, a receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, had signed with the rival Baltimore Ravens.

“We’re a little in shock,” McDermott told co-anchor Jennifer Abney.

McDermott was right to be in shock, because the news — which originated from BroCouncil.com — was not true. In a spoof report, the website said Ward had signed an “incentive-laden 3-year $9 million contract;” the article quoted Ward as saying, “I viciously tried to block this release like I have viciously blocked the Ravens for so many years.”

McDermott corrected himself on the air just 17 minutes later, saying, “We got fooled by a Baltimore Ravens spoof website that said Hines Ward had signed with the Ravens. That can’t happen.” Read more

With High-Profile Trial Set to Begin in Pittsburgh, Local Stations See Hope for Courtroom Cameras

Cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during the trial of Richard Poplawski, a Pittsburgh man accused of killing three police officers. Although, much to the chagrin of local stations, the high-profile case will only air on closed circuit TVs made available for the expected overflow crowd of spectators.

While the case will only be broadcast within the courthouse, many see it as a potential catalyst for change in Pennsylvania, a state that has long barred cameras in the courtroom.

The court’s decision to allow closed circuit TVs comes as the Orlando trial of Casey Anthony continues to draw a huge TV audience, a connection that is not lost on WPXI news director Mike Goldrick.

“We’d love to have cameras in the courtroom. Look at the Casey Anthony case in Florida — there’s so much interest in that case,” Goldrick told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Local TV stations are running that trial as if they were Court TV. Cameras in the courtroom would certainly benefit the community.”

Pittsburgh News Directors Consider Joint Agreement on Covering City’s Black Community

In a summit attended by local media officials and black community leaders, the news directors of Pittsburgh’s top three stations said that they were considering signing a joint agreement on coverage policies regarding the city’s black community.

The summit, held at WPXI‘s studios, was part of an ongoing series of meetings put on by the Black Political Empowerment Project, a Pittsburgh organization that works to increase the social standing and political influence of the local African American community.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the meeting was an opportunity for media officials and black leaders to “discuss — and oftentimes vent — about how the city’s black community is covered by television, newspapers and radio.” Read more