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Meteorologist Valerie Smock Joins WPXI

valerie smock wpxiMeteorologist Valerie Smock is joining WPXI, Cox Media’s NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, next month.

Smock joins WPXI from AccuWeather, where she has worked since 2010. before that, she worked at stations in Toledo, Youngstown and Great Falls, Mont.

“From the start, we recognized Valerie’s ability to forecast and communicate the weather story on air. When we got to know her work ethic and her personality, we knew she’d be a great fit,” news director Mike Oliveira said in a statement.

More from WPXI after the jump. Read more

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CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester Joins WPXI

After nine years at CNN, Lisa Sylvester is joining WPXI, Cox Media’s NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh.

Sylvester officially joins the station in October. She will co-anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, as well as the 10 p.m. newscast on Pittsburgh Fox affiliate WPGH, alongside David Johnson. She replaces Darieth Chisolm, who is leaving the station to spend more time with her family.

“We’re lucky to find such a perfect fit for our newsroom,” WPXI news director Mike Oliveira said. “Lisa is not only a great journalist, but a great person. I know she’s ready to work hard and invest in this station and this city. I know our viewers will recognize and appreciate that.”

At CNN, Sylvester was the cut-in anchor and correspondent for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Before that, she worked at ABC News. More from WPXI after the jump. Read more

WPXI Expands Noon News

Starting Monday, WPXI Noon news will be a half hour longer, ending at 1:00 p.m.

Mike Oliveira, news director for the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate, told TVSpy, “I’m excited for our team to get going on it and be the first in this time slot.”

The expanded show will still be anchored by Peggy Finnegan, Joe Arena and meteorologist Kevin Benson.

“The Doctors” which aired at 12:30 p.m. moves to 1:00 p.m., the fourth hour of “Today” now airs at 2:00 p.m. while “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” goes away.

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After 20 Years, Darieth Chisolm Resigns From WPXI

WPXI has announced longtime anchor Darieth Chisolm will be leaving the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate between late August and late September.

“Darieth came to us and said she wanted to resign and spend more time with her family,” WPXI news director Mike Oliveira said in a statement. “Quite frankly, we were shocked. Darieth has been a remarkable talent for Channel 11 for 20 years and a key part of the station’s success at 11 p.m. We will miss her.”

Chisolm explained one of the reasons she was leaving was she wanted to spend more time with her son, who is headed for his last year in High School. “I want to spend as much time with him as possible. I also have a growing and expanding business, speaking and coaching engagements and lots to do in my next 20 years, so it’s time to make this transition.” Read more

Katherine Amenta to Join WPXI as Morning Anchor

WPXI has announced Katherine Amenta will co-anchor the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate’s morning news alongside current anchor Joe Arena starting in August.

“Katherine is going to be a fantastic addition to the morning team,” said WPXI news director Mike Oliveira in a statement. “In addition to being a strong anchor and journalist, she’s the type of person who will have a positive effect on our newsroom and our community.”

Amenta comes from WJLA in Washington, D.C. She has also worked for WMDT in Salisbury, MD.

“I am joining an amazing team,” said Amenta. “I’m very lucky to have so many family and friends nearby. I already have Pirates fever and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds!”

Jennifer Abney No Longer With WPXI

WPXI morning anchor Jennifer Abney is no longer with the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate.

WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter confirmed Abney’s departure, telling TVSpy, “She was a real spark plug in our newsroom. We’ll miss her energy and professionalism.”

According to a TVEyes search, Abney was last on-air Tuesday, June 25. There’s no word on where Abney is headed. She had been with the station for almost five years and had also worked in Mobile, AL, and Wilmington, NC.

“Behind the scenes, she made everyone feel a part of the morning team,” news director Mike Oliveira told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We wish her nothing but the best going forward.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mike Oliveira Promoted to News Director at WPXI

Mike Oliveira has been promoted to news director at Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Oliveira, the station’s managing editor, joined WPXI seven years ago as an executive producer. He has previously worked at WHDH in Boston and WTVH in Syracuse.

“Mike has been with us since 2005 and has had a dramatic impact on our product and people,” WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Cater said in a statement.

Oliveira replaces Michael Goldrick, who was recently named news director at WRC in Washington, DC.