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Posts Tagged ‘Pat Costello’

KNXV Promotes EP to Assistant News Director

knxv logo_304x200Jamie Ioos has been named assistant news director at KNXV.

Pat Costello, news director at the Phoenix ABC affiliate, told TVSpy Ioos was executive producer of the 10:00 p.m. and was made interim assistant ND after Dan Wilson left to become interim and eventually news director at WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Before coming to KNXV, Ioos was news director at KOB in Albuquerque. Before that she had worked as a news consultant, a news director at KVBC (now KSNV) in Las Vegas and an executive producer at WFXT in Boston.

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KNXV Moves One Anchor, Adds Two and Subtracts an Assistant ND

knxv logo_304x200Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is making moves in front of and behind the camera.

The Scripps owned station is adding Danielle Lerner and Nick Ciletti as anchors while assistant news director Dan Wilson is heading to West Palm Beach to take over as interim news director for Scripps’ NBC affiliate WPTV.

KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy Lerner will join the station in mid-September replacing Stephanie Hockridge on weekends. Hockridge has already moved to weekday co-anchor on the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. after the station expanded its 6:00 p.m. show to an hour.  The station is adding Ciletti as co-anchor to the previously solo anchored weekend morning shows.

WPTV told TVSpy, “We are fortunate to have Dan as our Interim News Director. He has solid news experience and is an outstanding newsroom leader. We are in the process of speaking to candidates for the full-time news director position and the job is currently posted on our website.”

Lerner comes to KNXV from KVOA in Tucson where she is a morning anchor. Ciletti comes to KNXV from WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

KNXV Called Racist For Where They Got Zimmerman Trial Reaction

Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is getting called out by viewers and the local media over where it chose to look for reaction to this weekend’s George Zimmerman verdict.

The night the verdict was announced, KNXV reporter Sara Goldenberg went to Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles restaurant in downtown Phoenix to ask patrons for their thoughts on the verdict.

Shortly after the piece aired, Phoenix Business Journal editor Ilana Lowery tweeted, “As a journalist, I’m appalled @abc15phx went to Lolo’s in Phoenix to get reaction to #ZimmermanVerdict. Why a chicken and waffle restaurant?” Read more

KNXV Loses Two Reporters to Los Angeles

KNXV, the Phoenix ABC affiliate, is two reporters short after the departures of both Steve Kuzj and Kimberly Cheng on consecutive days.

“It’s really tough losing two fine reporters at the same time,” KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy. “That said, I’m happy for them and the fact that we’ve been able to provide them growth opportunities that have taken them to the nation’s second market. Our search is on to find their replacements. Tough shoes to fill, clearly.”

Kuzj, who left KNXV on Monday, announced in early April he was leaving for KTLA. There’s no word where Cheng is headed other than what she wrote on her facebook page, “Yes it is true. I am going, going back to Cali. #HollywoodBound.” Her last day is today. Read more

Dan Spindle Joins KNXV From Rival KSAZ

After three years at KSAZ in Phoenix, Dan Spindle has joined rival KNXV.

Spindle joins ABC affiliate KNXV as co-anchor of the morning newscast alongside Connie Colla. He will also anchor the 11 a.m. newscast.

“It’s exciting to add someone of Dan Spindle’s caliber to the ABC15 Mornings family,” KNXV news director Pat Costello told Arizona Range News. “He has experience covering everything from border issues and drug cartel violence to Gabby Giffords’ campaigns for congress.”

At Fox O&O KSAZ, Spindle was a weekend anchor and reporter. He has also worked at KGUN in Tucson.