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Melanie Hebert Makes Her WWL Debut

Melanie Hebert made her debut anchoring WWL‘s early-morning newscast today, ten months after the announcement of her hire at the New Orleans CBS-affiliate.

Hebert was sitting out a non-compete clause in her contract with NBC-affiliate WDSU, where she worked until last September. She has worked at WWL for the past several months as an off-camera reporter and digital media correspondent.

“Because I knew I had a job waiting for me I was able to enjoy my time off, then I enjoyed different roles of working in news over the past six months,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But I am definitely ready to go back on-air now.” Read more

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WWL to Launch 4:30 a.m. Newscast Next Week

Beginning Monday, the morning newscast on New Orleans CBS-affiliate WWL will begin at 4:30 a.m.

“We know there is an audience that wants information earlier in the morning, and we felt this was the right time to start serving that group of viewers,” news director Bill Siegel told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The extra half-hour will be anchored by Mike Hoss, with meteorologist Laura Buchtel and traffic reporter Christina Leavenworth. Melanie Hebert will co-anchor when she joins the station this Summer.

On the Move, 9/19/11

Marine Glisovic joins WICD in Champaign, IL as a reporter. She previously worked at WEIU in Charleston, IL.

WPDE anchor and reporter Mola Lenghi moves from Myrtle Beach to Dallas as he accepts a reporting job at KXAS.

Mike Gismondi joins WCJB in Gainesville, FL as weekend meteorologist and reporter. He previously worked at WEIU in Charleston, IL.

Danielle Lama joins Evansville’s WEHT as a reporter. She graduated in the spring from University of Maryland. Read more

WDSU’s Melanie Hebert Will Join Rival Station WWL Next Year

Melanie Hebert, who left New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU in June, will join rival station WWL — the market’s CBS affiliate — when her non-compete clause expires in 2012.

Beginning in July of next year, Hebert will be the morning anchor for WWL. She will be paired with Mike Hoss during the 5 a.m. hour and Eric Paulsen and Sally-Ann Roberts from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. She will also serve as the station’s Internet and social media correspondent beginning in January, which will presumably give her a chance to be part of WWL’s digital brand while waiting for her on-air non-compete clause to expire.

Hebert, a New Orleans native, said in a statement she “grew up watching” WWL. “It wasn’t my first choice to sit out for a year,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “When it came down to it, I really wanted to stay in this market.”

May Sweeps Scoreboard: New Orleans

“Certainly during May, we were driven in large part by the rising Mississippi river waters and flooding in the area,” said WWL anchor Mike Hoss, describing the latest sweeps period for the New Orleans market.

Here’s how stations fared in the Crescent City during May sweeps (change from May 2010 noted in parentheses)…

Household:

6:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 11 p.m.
WGNO (ABC) 0.7 (-22%) 2.4 (+72%) 1.6 (-12%) 3.1 (+25%)
WWL (CBS) 8.2 (-26%) 10.9 (-12%) 10.6 (-22%) 10.5 (-11%)
WDSU (NBC) 5.4 (+22%) 6.0 (+23%) 6.9 (+19%) 6.0 (+34%)
WVUE (Fox) 3.2 (+17%) 5.7 (-7%) N/A 8.0 (+14%)

WWL Ends News Director Search, Appoints Bill Siegel

New Orleans’s WWL has picked a replacement at news director for Chris Slaughter, who was let go last year after 30 years with the CBS-affiliate.

Bill Siegel, who is currently the assistant news director at Milwaukee’s WISN, has been chosen to lead the WWL newsroom.

The move, first reported by Rick Gevers, ends a search that began when WWL fired Slaughter in November.  The station has been mum on what led to Slaughter’s dismissal.  He had served as WWL’s news director since 2006.

Mike Hoss, WWL’s lead anchor, had been managing news operations as the Belo-owned station conducted its search.

Coming to WWL will represent a return to Belo for Siegel.  Before joining WISN, Siegel worked as an executive producer for Belo’s KMOV in St. Louis.

WWL Reporter Susan Edwards Loses Year-Long Battle with Cancer

Susan Edwards, an accomplished reporter with New Orleans’ WWL, passed away early Wednesday morning after a year-long battle with cancer.  She was 34.

Edwards was initially diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009 but the cancer quickly spread to her lungs, making treatment increasingly difficult.

“Susie faced this battle with a strength and courage that was unimaginable,” WWL anchor and interim news director Mike Hoss said. “She was so young and had so many reasons to be angry, but she never was. She was always the one picking up our spirits.   She never said ‘Why me?’ only ‘What’s the next hurdle to overcome?’”

Edwards joined CBS-affiliate WWL in 2007 after five years with WAFF in Huntsville, AL.  According to WWL, Edwards confronted the cancer with the tenacity of a reporter.  She took detailed notes when meeting with doctors and pressed them with careful questioning.

After Four Years Away, Anchor Karen Swensen Returns to New Orleans’ WWL

Karen Swensen, who has been working as a morning anchor for Comcast’s NECN since 2006, is set to return to New Orleans’ WWL, where she spent 12 years as an anchor and reporter.

“We pride ourselves on being a family here,” said Mike Hoss, WWL’s nighttime anchor and interim news director, “which makes it incredibly exciting to welcome back someone who meant so much to our family, to this station and this city during her time here.”

Hoss shared the anchor desk with Swensen for four years.  She is replacing Hoss’s former co-anchor, Lucy Bustamante, who left the station in October in order to work closer to her husband, a Navy SEAL stationed in Virginia Beach.

During her time in New Orleans, Swensen was awarded six Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards for investigative journalism, writing, and feature reporting.  She also won two Emmys while at WWL and is excited to be back at the station.
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