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Jennifer Abney No Longer With WPXI

WPXI morning anchor Jennifer Abney is no longer with the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate.

WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter confirmed Abney’s departure, telling TVSpy, “She was a real spark plug in our newsroom. We’ll miss her energy and professionalism.”

According to a TVEyes search, Abney was last on-air Tuesday, June 25. There’s no word on where Abney is headed. She had been with the station for almost five years and had also worked in Mobile, AL, and Wilmington, NC.

“Behind the scenes, she made everyone feel a part of the morning team,” news director Mike Oliveira told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We wish her nothing but the best going forward.”

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Arena to Replace McDermott at Pittsburgh’s WPXI

Joe Arena will replace the departing Todd McDermott on WPXI‘s morning news.

“We’re excited to welcome Joe to the Channel 11 News team,” said vice president and general manager Ray Carter in a statement provided to TVSpy. “Replacing someone as talented as Todd McDermott isn’t easy, but I think viewers will find Joe to be warm and engaging and a good fit with co-anchor Jennifer Abney.”

Arena’s first day for WPXI will be Monday October 22.  He will anchor both the morning and noon news.  McDermott, who will be leaving the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate Friday to be closer to his daughter, will take on his new role as evening anchor for WPBF in West Palm Beach.

McDermott may be best known for reporting a spoof story posted on BroCouncil.com saying Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward had been traded to the Baltimore Ravens.

Arena comes from Buffalo’s WVIB.  Previously he worked in Shreveport, LA, Washington, D.C., and Bluefield, WV.

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Pittsburgh Favorite Stephen Cropper Signs on at WPXI

Stephen Cropper, a longtime veteran of weather reporting in the Pittsburgh market, will join WPXI next week as chief meteorologist, according to a memo sent out by WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter this morning.

Cropper left Pittsburgh’s WTAE in April after more than 16 years. His departure from the station came months after the ABC affiliate shuffled their weather lineup, moving Cropper to weekends and angering his large fanbase.

Now Pittsburgh fans can continue to see Cropper report the weather — on another station in the market. WPXI is the NBC affiliate.

“Rarely do you get to change high profile jobs and remain in the same city,” Carter wrote in the memo. “Stephen gets to do just that. His wife Mindy and their three children are delighted to keep calling themselves Pittsburghers!”

Cropper replaces Julie Bologna, who announced earlier this week she was leaving the station to spend more time with her young children.

Read the full memo after the jump.

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Citing a Desire to Spend More Time with Family, Julie Bologna Will Leave WPXI Later This Month

After three years at WPXI, Julie Bologna announced today that she will leave the station later this month. The meteorologist and the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate were unable to come to to an agreement on a schedule that would allow Bologna time to be with her young family.

Bologna is the station’s chief meteorologist and appears weekdays on the station’s evening newscasts. “I have two young sons, and working evenings made it too hard for me to be there for them,” she said. “I was hopeful that the station and I could work out a different schedule, but it proved to be harder than any of us thought.”

The station has not announced a replacement for Bologna. “Both of us are confident that she will be able to find the right fit that allows her to do what she loves while working a schedule that benefits her family,” WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter said.

Bologna has not announced if she will seek another meteorologist position. She will take the rest of the summer off to be with her family.

 

Kevin Hayes Named VP-GM of Cox’s WJAC

Kevin Hayes, the general sales manager at El Paso’s KFOX, is set to become vice president and general manager of WJAC in Johnstown, PA. Cox Media, which owns both KFOX and WJAC, made the announcement today.

“Kevin brings a wealth of broadcast industry experience to WJAC, and it’s great to promote such valuable talent from within our company for this important role,” said Ray Carter, who oversees WJAC in addition to serving as vice president and general manager of Pittsburgh’s WPXI.  “Additionally, his vast sales experience is the perfect fit for building on the great relationships WJAC has with the local community and delivering strategic results for our advertisers.”

Hayes worked his way up the sales ranks at stations throughout the southwest. Before joining Cox’s KFOX, he worked as a local sales manager at El Paso’s KDBC and as an account executive at Phoenix’s KSAZ.

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the outstanding team at WJAC, with their rich heritage and dedicated tradition of serving the community,” said Hayes.