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Heather Van Nest Leaves WTSP

heathervannestWTSP evening anchor Heather Van Nest has left the Tampa CBS affiliate.

Peter Roghaar, WTSP news director, told TVSpy, “Heather has decided to leave the station to spend more time with her family. She will be missed.”

“While I enjoyed working with my friends at 10 News, I am excited for new work opportunities that allow for more flexibility in my family life. Working until midnight with a 1-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter and husband at home is not ideal,” Van Nest posted on her facebook page. “I am eager to explore new opportunities as I continue to search for that unicorn we call “work/life balance.”

The Tampa Bay Times reports Van Nest hadn’t been on-air for a few days before the announcement, giving rise to rumors her contract wasn’t renewed.

Van Nest’s bio has been removed from the station’s website. She started her career as an editor, producer and anchor at WAOW in Wausau, Wis. She worked at WJXT in Jacksonville before coming to WTSP in 2002 as a morning anchor.

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Dion Lim Joining Tampa CBS Affiliate

dionlim_croppedDion Lim is joining Tampa-St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP.

WTSP news director Peter Roghaar told TVSpy Lim starts January 27 as anchor for the 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. news. She will report for the 11:00 p.m.

“I had anticipated staying in Charlotte for the rest of my career,” Lim told the Charlotte Observer. [but] “I went down to visit and the opportunity was great [O]bviously, Florida has some crazy news. It sounds pretty exciting,” she added.

Lim left Charlotte’s WCNC Friday. She previously worked at KMBC in Kansas City. She has also worked in Springfield, MA, and in Hartford, CT.

WTSP to Open Sarasota Newsroom

isabel mascarenas_304x200WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg, is opening a newsroom dedicated to covering Sarasota and Manatee counties.

The new newsroom will be located at the headquarters for a local news/talk radio station in downtown Sarasota. Reporter Isabel Mascareñas (pictured) and photojournalist Tim Burquest will be based in the new newsroom.

“Our commitment is to thoroughly cover news in our entire Tampa Bay market,” WTSP news director Peter Roghaar said in a statement. “There are a lot of great things happening in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton and we want to make sure we are providing news coverage every day. Isabel and Tim live in Sarasota and are passionate about reporting in their hometowns.”

Danica Lawrence to Join WTSP in Tampa

Danica Lawrence is joining Gannett’s Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP as a multi-media journalist.

WTSP news director Peter Roghaar confirmed with TVSpy, Lawrence will begin next Friday June 28.

Lawrence left Tulsa FOX affiliate KOKI last week. The station posted this to her facebook page, “As you may have seen, Danica’s last day to report at FOX23 was yesterday. She’s moving on to Tampa.”

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In Petraeus Scandal, All Roads Go Through Tampa

When news broke last week that David Petraeus was resigning his post as CIA director after having an affair, at least one newsroom staffer in Tampa had an inkling the market could become a focal point in the scandal.

“When the Petraeus resignation story broke nationally last Friday, a senior reporter in the newsroom remarked it’s just a matter of time before this becomes a Tampa story,” WTSP news director Peter Roghaar told TVSpy. “He was spot on.”

Sure enough, over the weekend, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley emerged as a central figure in the scandal, which continues to unfold even six days later. For WTSP, that means taking a two-pronged approach to local and national coverage.

“We have seven reporters actively reporting on-air, plus several more reporters and producers working off-air making calls, gathering documents and checking with sources,” Roghaar said. Read more

Joe Gumm to Join WTSP as Morning Anchor

Joe Gumm is joining WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, as the weekday morning anchor.

The news was announced to WTSP staffers Tuesday  in an internal memo from news director Peter Roghaar, who writes that Gumm will begin on October 15. Gumm revealed the news on Twitter Monday, saying he is “honored to start working with such a great team.”

Gumm was most recently the morning anchor at KOKH, the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City. Earlier this summer, he issued an on-air apology to Howard Stern for an impromptu remark calling the radio host ugly on KOKH.

Veteran Florida Anchor Charles Billi Joins WTSP

Veteran Florida anchor Charles Billi is returning to the television business, joining Tampa CBS-affiliate WTSP.

Billi left Miami’s WSVN in 2011 after 12 years behind the anchor desk. In a statement, he said that WTSP is “poised to become a powerhouse” in the Tampa market, adding, “I’m here to help.”

“Being a Tampa native and a USF grad, Charles knows the area well and the issues that impact our community,” WTSP news director Peter Roghaar said. “I am glad he chose to come home and I think viewers will find his style of reporting informative and entertaining.”

Billi starts at WTSP this week as a nightside reporter and fill-in anchor.

Graphic Promo for WTSP School Invasion Report Draws Criticism

“A gunman opens fire at a school. Should kids hide or fight back?” That’s the premise of a WTSP special report from anchor Reginald Roundtree, which includes a simulated school invasion.

The dramatic promo for the report, featuring screaming students and a shot from the gunman’s point of view, has provoked angry calls and emails from Tampa Bay viewers, according to The Tampa Tribune. Video inside… Read more

Tampa Bay’s WTSP Adds Meteorologist Kate Wentzel to Revamped Weather Team

After a string of defections, WTSP has rounded out its revamped weather team with the addition of meteorologist Kate Wentzel this week.  Wentzel comes to WTSP after working as a weekend weathercaster for West Palm Beach ABC-affiliate WPBF–a post that she departed in April.

“Kate is going to be another great addition to the team,” WTSP news director Peter Roghaar said, in announcing the move.  “She brings almost ten years of experience forecasting Florida weather and is hurricane-tested.”

Wentzel, who is set to begin on September 26th, is the third meteorologist to join WTSP in the past two months.  The CBS-affiliate recently named Orlando veteran Jim Van Fleet chief meteorologist and added Mark Collins, a native of St. Petersburg. Read more

WTSP Officially Names Mark Collins to Weather Team

WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, has for the second time this week announced a new member of their weather team — Mark Collins, a St. Petersburg native.

Collins joins Jim Van Fleet, who was named chief meteorologist at WTSP on Tuesday. Although Van Fleet’s contract with Orlando’s WOFL does not expire until December, Collins will officially join the station on September 15. He has been splitting his time as a freelance meteorologist between WTSP and WJXT in Jacksonville; the two stations have an arrangement that allows him to be a forecaster on both stations.

“Mark is no stranger to our team and to Bay area viewers, as he’s been doing a great job filling in at 10 News,” said WTSP news director Peter Roghaar.  “His knowledge of the Tampa Bay area and Florida’s tropical systems will make him a huge asset to our growing weather team.”

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