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Tip Gives WOIO Jump on Castro Coverage

One month after he was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing three women in Cleveland, Ariel Castro was found dead by apparent suicide in his prison cell Tuesday night.

CBS affiliate WOIO was the first station to report the news and the only station to break in to overnight programming with more than a brief special report. Romona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored from  12:03 a.m. to 2:28 a.m., with Dan DeRoos reporting from the newsroom and Tiffani Tucker outside the home where Castro kept the three women for more than ten years.

“We had gotten a tip that this had perhaps happened, that Ariel Castro had hung himself. My first move was to call the Correctional Reception Center in Orient,” DeRoos said.

Castro’s death was the lead story on the early-morning newscasts on ABC affiliate WEWS, Fox affiliate WJW and NBC affiliate WKYC.

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A Week After Apologizing for Robinson Cano Tweet, Dan Tordjman Exits WSOC

Dan Tordjman, the WSOC reporter who was forced to apologize after he reported on Twitter that New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano had tested positive for steroids, has left the Charlotte ABC affiliate. The Charlotte Observer has details:

He hasn’t been on air since the Sept. 20 incident, and Channel 9 aired a correction and apology for Tordjman’s personal post last week. He had been with station for a year.

Tordjman’s bio has been stripped from the WSOC website. The station has yet to respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

Lynna Lai Named Weekend Anchor at WKYC

Lynna Lai is joining Cleveland’s WKYC as the weekend anchor, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Lai was most recently an anchor at rival WOIO, the Cleveland CBS-affiliate. The station did not renew her contract after former WKYC anchor Romona Robinson was hired in January.

She replaces Eric Mansfield, who is leaving the station for a job at Kent State University. Her first day will be April 16.

“Sometimes, anchors are perceived as being out of touch with the community, for never setting foot outside the station,” she said in a statement. “But Channel 3 is committed to hiring anchors who are reporters first, so I think this is a great fit.”

Denise Dufala Named Evening Co-Anchor at WOIO

Cleveland CBS-affiliate WOIO has named an evening co-anchor for newly-hired Romona Robinson: Denise Dufala.

Robinson’s WOIO hire was announced last week. She and Dufala will anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts beginning tomorrow evening, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Robinson parted ways with rival WKYC, Cleveland’s NBC-affiliate, in December after failing to come to an agreement with station management over a new contract. Robinson’s hire at WOIO was coupled with the news that anchors Sharon Reed and Lynna Lai would both be leaving the station.

Former WKYC Anchor Romona Robinson Will Join Rival WOIO-WUAB

Romona Robinson, who left Cleveland’s WKYC in December after negotiations to extend her contract failed, is joining rival WOIO-WUAB.

Robinson spent 15 years at WKYC, which is the market’s NBC-affiliate. She will begin as the afternoon and evening anchor at WOIO-WUAB, CBS and MyNetworkTV affiliates, respectively, on February 2. The move is a homecoming for Robinson, who began her career as an anchor at WUAB.

In a statement announcing her hire, the station called Robinson “one of the most respected journalists in Northeast Ohio.” Read more

CBS News’ Russ Mitchell Joining WKYC in Cleveland

CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell is joining WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as managing editor of evening news and lead anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, the Gannett-owned station announced today.

Mitchell said in a statement that he has “thoroughly enjoyed” his years at CBS, but was looking forward to “a unique opportunity to help create the next generation of local news in a great place and have a key role in in trying to make a difference in a wonderful community.”

Mitchell, who joined CBS in 1992, is the weekend anchor of “CBS Evening News” and “The Early Show.” His first day at WKYC will be January 16.

He replaces Romona Robinson, who left the station earlier this month after negotiations to extend her WKYC contract failed. General manager Brooke Spectorsky tells TVSpy Mitchell’s 6 and 11 p.m. co-anchor will be announced soon. Read more

After Contract Negotiations Fail, Romona Robinson Will Leave WKYC

Romona Robinson, the evening anchor at Cleveland’s WKYC for 15 years, is leaving the NBC-affiliate after failing to come to an agreement with station management over a new contract.

“Coming off a long-term contract, we certainly wanted to make this work,” WKYC general manager Brooke Spectorsky told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Obviously, Romona has been a significant part of the station for 15 years. She’s done a lot for us, but our world and our business have changed over the last eight years, so there are very mixed feelings about this.”

Her last day on air will be December 16. Specktorsky said the channel has been auditioning candidates for Robinson’s replacement as the co-anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, and that they plan on making an announcement “quite soon.”

White House Interview Round-Up: WSB, WXYZ, WTKR, WKYC Sit Down with Obama

President Obama didn’t offer any etiquette advice to the four reporters invited to the White House on Tuesday for the latest round of local one-on-one interviews.

While WSB’s Justin Farmer, WXYZ’s Stephen Clark, WTKR’s Barbara Ciara, and WKYC’s Romona Robinson (video above) pressed Obama on hot-button issues, including rising gas prices and the weak economy, they didn’t goad the president into the type of reaction that WFAA’s Brad Watson received earlier this month.

More interviews after the jump… Read more

President Hosts New Round of Local Interviews

President Obama is again sitting down with local stations for one-on-one interviews, as big-name reporters from Atlanta’s WSB, Cleveland’s WKYC, Detroit’s WXYZ, and WTKR in Hamptons Roads, VA are meeting with the President today to discuss issues affecting their local communities.

The White House says that the president will focus on his plan for deficit reform while also discussing topics significant to the stations’ local viewers.

It remains to be seen if WSB’s Justin Farmer, WKYC’s Romona Robinson, WXYZ’s Stephen Clark, or WTKR’s Barbara Ciara (video above) can spark the same type of buzz that WFAA’s Brad Watson did earlier this month when the president pointedly told him, “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?” Read more