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Jon Huffman Set to Retire From WGNO

jon huffman wgnoWGNO morning anchor Jon Huffman will retire from the ABC affiliate in New Orleans next month. Huffman has been on New Orleans television since 1990 and has anchored WGNO’s “Good Morning New Orleans” since 2008.

“Jon was a fabulous mentor for new employees on Good Morning New Orleans. His easy going nature helped them make the transition to waking up in the early morning hours a little easier. He’ll be missed,” WGNO news director Rick Erbach said in a statement. “Sleep in Jon. You’ve earned it.”

Before WGNO, Huffman worked as a reporter and anchor for WVUE, the Fox affiliate in New Orleans. He will officially sign off from WGNO August 1.

“I will deeply miss my co-workers at WGNO and the fun spirit of ‘Good Morning New Orleans.’ But I certainly won’t miss the alarm clock going off at 2:30 in the morning! It’s time to move on to a more relaxed—and relaxing—phase of my life,” Huffman said.

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WGNO Adds Bill Wood, Promotes Vanessa Bolano to Weekend Anchor

New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO has hired Bill Wood as a reporter and promoted Vanessa Bolano (pictured) to weekend anchor.

Wood, who is known as “Wild” Bill Wood, will be a reporter for the stations 5 and 6 p.m. “News With a Twist” newscasts. He comes to New Orleans from Fort Myers, where he worked at WFTX as host of the Fox affiliate’s morning show. Bolano, who joined WGNO in 2009, will anchor of the 5 and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts.

“Wild Bill and Vanessa are great storytellers,” news director Rick Erbach said in a statement.” It’s fun watching them craft and polish a story throughout the day.”

WGNO Names Anne Cutler Morning Co-Anchor

Anne Cutler is being promoted to morning co-anchor at WGNO, the ABC affiliate in New Orleans.

Cutler, who joined the station in 2010 as a reporter for the morning newscast, will begin February 1. Cutler will also anchor the 11 a.m. newscast solo.

“Anne has immersed herself in the culture, history, traditions, and vibe of New Orleans. She’s a great addition to ‘Good Morning New Orleans’ and WGNO News at 11a. She’ll bring her new love of the city and journalistic flair to morning viewers,” WGNO news director Rick Erbach said in a statement.

Cutler replaces Jocelyn Lockwood, who is leaving WGNO to travel the world with her husband.

WGNO Names Hank Allen Chief Meteorologist, Hires Jeff Robbins From WPMT

Hank Allen (pictured) has been promoted to chief meteorologist at WGNO, the ABC affiliate in New Orleans. Allen’s new role is effective January 1.

“Hank has been an integral part of our weather team. Hank doesn’t scare viewers with doomsday weather forecasts,” news director Rick Erbach said in a statement. “He’s a straight shooter and he does what it takes to calmly walk viewers through severe weather events.”

Allen, who joined the station in 2007, will continue in his role as the meteorologist for the morning and 11 a.m. newscasts. He replaces Bruce Katz, who left WGNO for rival WVUE last month.

WGNO also announced the hire of meteorologist Jeff Robbins. Robbins moves to New Orleans from Harrisburg, Pa., where he worked at Fox affiliate WPMT. He begins December 2 as the meteorologist for “News with a Twist,” WGNO’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, and the 10 p.m. newscast. Read more

Known for Her Controversial On-Air Comments, Susan Roesgen to Anchor WGNO’s ‘News with a Twist’

Susan Roesgen, who was let go by CNN following comments she made on-air while covering a Tea Party event in Chicago, has landed at New Orleans’ WGNO.

In April 2009, Roesgen, then a correspondent for CNN, described the Tea Party event as “anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox.”  The video bounced around the internet, drawing the ire of Shepard Smith, Bill O’Reilly, and others.

Now Roesgen is set to co-anchor a new 6 p.m. program that the ABC-affiliate is calling “News with a Twist.”  The unconventional show will feature Roesgen and  LeBron “LBJ” Joseph, the morning drive-time DJ at New Orleans’ KMEZ-FM, going over the day’s stories in a newly constructed set that evokes a barroom.

The type of on-air commentary that got Roesgen in trouble at CNN will seemingly be encouraged at WGNO, where news director Rick Erbach says the mantra of the new show is “It’s not a newscast.” Read more