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Reporter Leisa Zigman Leaving KSDK After 22 Years

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Anchor/reporter Leisa Zigman is leaving St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK after 22 years at the station. Zigman is leaving the world of TV news to become president of G-Corp., a company that organizes genome science and technology conferences.

She went into more detail about the company (and why she’s leaving KSDK) in a post on her Facebook page this morning, writing:

“I have always considered it an honor and privilege to bring you the news and share reports that I hope made a difference in your lives and at the very least, encouraged you to think… The opportunity to work in a field that can transform medical care as we know it is more than a job. To me, it is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

According to The St. Louis Post-DispatchMike Shipley, the KSDK news director who is also leaving the station, said in a letter to employees that Zigman “made her mark on St. Louis television” and went on to praise her work on a series about bullying, and another about environmental issues at Coldwater Creek.

Zigman’s last day at KSDK is November 25.

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St. Louis News Director Leaving Station

ksdkThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, KSDK news director Mike Shipley has announced he is leaving the St. Louis NBC affiliate.

The Post-Dispatch says Shipley told staffers this morning he would stay until a replacement is found. He was named news director in 2000.

>UPDATE: A station spokesperson told TVSpy Shipley is retiring. He has worked in broadcasting for 41 years, 35 of those at KSDK.

After a years-long run of being the top local station for newscasts, KSDK has slipped in the ratings, being passed at times by KMOV (Channel 4) and KTVI (Channel 2).

“He had a No. 1 legacy station here, and he let it slip,” said one source in local television. Read more

KSDK Adding Newscasts to Post-’Oprah’ Lineup

St. Louis NBC-affiliate KSDK unveiled its new, post-”Oprah” programming schedule this week, announcing that it would add three new newscasts to its lineup.

The Gannett-owned station will air “Oprah” reruns through the summer and then start anew in September with a one-hour newscast replacing the daytime icon at 4:00 p.m. In addition to the new 4 p.m. show, KSDK will begin its morning news coverage a half-hour earlier, at 4:00 a.m., and will follow NBC’s “Today” with a new one-hour newscast at 10:00 a.m.

“With the departure of Oprah, it gives our news organization the opportunity to create and deliver a totally new newscast for St. Louis,” said Mike Shipley, KSDK’s news director. “We’re up to the challenge of providing fresh and innovative content for these new local shows.”

“Our new fall lineup reaffirms our commitment that local news is indeed our station’s priority,” said president and general manager Lynn Beall.

St. Louis ND on Snow Coverage: ‘We Staff the Same Way They Do Snowplow Drivers’

“A historic storm deserves historic coverage,” Mike Shipley, KSDK news director, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday.

With severe winter weather moving into St. Louis this week, stations were “all-hands-on-deck.”

The storm was unpredictable and kept news crews on their toes as it slowly moved into the area on Monday before becoming severe Tuesday morning.

KSDK (NBC), KMOV (CBS), and KTVI (Fox) offered weather updates throughout the day on Monday and then went into wall-to-wall coverage on Tuesday morning, preempting regularly scheduled programming and staying with local news into the afternoon.

“In a situation like this, we staff the same way they do snowplow drivers–12 hours on, 12 hours off,” said Sean McLaughlin, news director of KMOV.