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Former KTUL Reporter Bill Mitchell Dies

Bill Mitchell, who retired as a reporter for Tulsa, OK, ABC affiliate KTUL in December died Friday after a long illness.

“We are mourning the loss of a great reporter and friend today,” KTUL general manager Pat Baldwin said. “Bill loved the station and our viewers. He was a hard worker and taught us all how to find news stories. He will always be part of the Channel 8 family.”

Mitchell started at KTUL in 1972. In 1982, he moved to KARK in Little Rock, AR, for one year before working at KOCO in Oklahoma City for 11 years. Mitchell came back to KTUL in 1994 where he worked until December 2012. Read more

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KTUL’s Bill Mitchell Retires After 43 Years as a Reporter

After more than four decades as a TV reporter, Bill Mitchell said his final goodbye to Tulsa viewers on KTUL Friday.

During his 43 years in television news, Mitchell worked for Tulsa’s NBC Affiliate KJRH, Little Rock’s KARK and KOCO in Oklahoma City, in addition to two stints at the Tulsa ABC affiliate.

During an interview with Keith Taylor on the KTUL morning show, Mitchell said he told KTUL president and general manager Pat Baldwin, “You know I hate to leave. This is one of the greatest TV stations in the world to work in.” Mitchell then said, “But I’m going to.”

When Mitchell announced his retirement in November, Baldwin said of Mitchell, “He has been a member of our Channel 8 family for over 18 years. He will be missed here on Lookout Mountain but we are also excited for him and his wife.” You can watch a farewell video montage the station put together spanning his career after the jump. Read more

Jennifer Zeppelin Named Chief Meteorologist at KTUL

KTUL has named a new chief meteorologist to replace Frank Mitchell, who retired earlier this week. Jennifer Zeppelin will step into the role at the Tulsa ABC affiliate, making her Tulsa’s first female chief meteorologist.

Zeppelin has been a freelance meteorologist at KTUL for the past nine months. She made the move to Tulsa earlier this year after her husband accepted a job at the Oklahoma State University Foundation. Prior to that, she worked at KCNC in Denver as the morning and noon meteorologist.

“In the last few months [Zeppelin] has shown all of us that she not only loves what she does, but also is serious about protecting our viewers from severe weather,” KTUL general manager Pat Baldwin said in a statement. “We believe Oklahomans will welcome her on board wholeheartedly.”

As Carole Lambert Departs, KTUL Shakes Up Anchor Lineup in Primetime

KTUL is making major changes to their evening anchor lineup, replacing all three anchors who are veteran faces of primetime at the Tulsa station.

The anchor changes come as veteran Carole Lambert, who has been an anchor at the Tulsa ABC affiliate since 1992, signed off last Thursday. Lambert’s co-anchor, Charles Ely (pictured), will get new hours,  leaving the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts for a new, half-hour show that will air at 4 p.m. beginning next week.

“It will be his own new-formatted show,” KTUL president and general manager Pat Baldwin told The Tulsa World. “It will be news but it will be different than the other evening newscasts we do.”

Lambert and Ely will be replaced by morning anchor Kristin Dickerson and 5 p.m. anchor Mark Bradshaw beginning Monday. Bradshaw will anchor the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts in addition to his normal hours; Baldwin is searching for a replacement for Dickerson in the mornings.

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