“Neville loves weather…it’s his passion,” Sherrie Brown, KMBC news director said in a statement. “He’s so good at focusing on what people need to know and telling them in a clear and straightforward manner.”
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Nichols celebrated 25 years with KMBC in June. According to Bottom Line Communications the sticking point was that the station wanted to move Nichols to evenings but Nichols wanted to stay on mornings.
“I would just say we didn’t want this to happen,” Brown told The Pitch. “We did everything we could to keep him, but in the end, it was his decision.”
BLC is also reporting KMBC meteorologist Lisa Teachman‘s contract has not been renewed.
Teachman joined KMBC in 2007.
TVSpy has asked KMBC about Teachman. We will update when we hear back.
“Scott is a very strong reporter who wants the big story,” news director Sherrie Brown said in a statement. “I know our viewers will like him personally and respect him professionally. He is laser focused on doing what reporters should do; tell stories that are compelling and relevant to our viewers.”
McDonnell previously worked at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando and Bay News 9 in Tampa. He has worked at WSEE in Erie, Pa., WSHM in Springfield, Mass. and WFSB in Hartford. He begins at KMBC on March 4.
“It’s an honor to join such a well-respected station,” said Flener. “KMBC has a rich history of strong journalism and I’m excited to break stories that continue that tradition. I’m happy to move back to the Midwest to raise my kids. They have a great chance to learn strong family values in the Kansas City area and be close to their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.”
KMBC is adding two new reporters.
A native of Kansas, Harrison has spent the last year and a half working as a general assignment reporter at D.C.’s WJLA. Ramos comes to KMBC from WIBW in Topeka, where she served as a morning anchor and reporter.
“We’re excited to add Haley and Stephanie to our team,” KMBC news director Sherrie Brown said, announcing the hirings. “Both possess solid experience, strong reporting skills and a tenacious work ethic. We believe they are going to be a great asset to KMBC 9 News.”
“Len brings valuable experience with him,” KMBC news director Sherrie Brown said in a statement. “His reporting skills and strong work ethic are the perfect compliment to our news team.”
WBBH general manager Steve Pontius told staffers today that Jennings’ last day at WBBH will be May 23.
“It’s been great to have him as part of our team and help set the stage for him to fulfill his dreams,” Pontius said.
“David brings a long list of experience with him,” KMBC news director Sherrie Brown said, in announcing the move. “He will fit right in with our team because he is an anchor with a passion for getting out in the field, whether he is reporting or making a difference in the community.”
Prior to his time in Philly, Hall reported for KDKA in Pittsburgh and WTOC in Savannah.
“I am excited to enter into this next chapter in my life,” Hall said. “Becoming a member of the KMBC 9 News team and experiencing life in a new city is something I’m very much looking forward to.”
“I’ve worked with George over the years and I’m very excited to have someone with his experience be part of this management team,” said Sherrie Brown, KMBC’s news director, in making the announcement.
The move represents another shift within the Hearst organization for Matz, who has been a part of the broadcasting group for over twelve years. Before joining WMTW, Matz served as assistant news director and operations manager for Milwaukee’s WISN.
“KMBC is one of the most well respected stations in the country,” Matz said. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented news team.”
Matz’s first day with KMBC-KCWE is scheduled for May 2nd.
Kansas City’s KMBC shared in the sweeps dominance shown by other Hearst-owned ABC-affiliates in February, winning or tying for first in every time period that it has a newscast.
While it tied WDAF for first at 6:00 a.m., KMBC won convincingly in the evening. In fact, the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts were the three highest-rated newscasts of any time period (KCTV‘s 10 p.m. newscast placed fourth and WDAF’s 7 a.m. newscast was fifth).
“I am very proud of our news team,” said KMBC 9 News Director, Sherrie Brown. “They work tirelessly to cover the stories viewers want and need to see.”