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KDFW Reporter Peter Daut Joins WSOC-WAXN

Peter Daut, a reporter at KDFW, is leaving Dallas for a position as morning anchor at WSOC-WAXN in Charlotte.

Daut, who has been at KDFW since 2008, will begin at WSOC-WAXN in early March. He will be paired with Allison Latos to helm the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast on WSOC and the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on WAXN. The shuffle is an expansion of Latos’ role at the Cox duopoly — she currently anchors the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast with Scott Wickersham.

Wickersham will join Natalie Pasquarella as co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. WSOC newscast. He will also continue to provide investigative reporting for 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

Charlotte’s WSOC Evacuated After Woman Enters Building with a Gun

WSOC in Charlotte, NC went dark shortly after the beginning of the station’s 5:00 newscast as a woman armed with a gun entered the WSOC building (at left, a screen grab from WSOC at 5:05 p.m.).  At least one shot was fired and Charlotte police as well as the area’s SWAT team moved quickly to apprehend the woman.

Thankfully staffers were able to evacuate quickly and safely. Anchor-reporter Blair Miller has been tweeting regular updates.

Shortly after evacuating the building, Miller tweeted, “Not on air. Distraught woman with gun in lobby. Police have building surrounded. Employees evacuated.”

WSOC has posted the following message on its website: “Channel 9 has to be off the air because of a police situation in our building.” WSOC went dark at 5:17 p.m following a commercial break.

>Update: According to Charlotte’s WBTV, the woman was taken into custody at around 5:40 p.m. The station went back on the air at 6:08 p.m.

Here’s raw aerial video from WBTV of the WSOC building as police moved in…

>Update: WSOC went back on the air at 6:08 p.m. and anchors Natalie Pasquarella and Blair Miller spoke with the station’s general manager Joe Pomilla, who offered an update for viewers. Pomilla emphasized that the woman was not angry with station…

Well, the best of my knowledge, this woman, mid to late 40s, came to the facility, wanted entrance into the facility but we have a secure lobby area. our security guard will then go out and talk to her. when he did speak to her, to find out what she needed, she pulled a gun and put it to her head. from that, she gained entrance to the lobby. But again the lobby is secured from the rest of the facility. So fortunately, the security guard was able too get out of there. Police were immediately called they came in and then they basically locked down the building. All of our employees were sent out of the building and that is one of the reasons we were off the air. We had no one here to man anything. from that, the police ascertained afterwards that she was distraught over some situation that happened in her life and wanted someone to talk to. So i guess she felt comfortable coming to the tv station to try to get a voice. She was not angry with the station in any way, but this was a vehicle for her to speak her mind.