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Randy Reeves Named KOMU News Director

Reeves, RandyRandy Reeves has been promoted to news director at Columbia, MO, NBC affiliate KOMU.

Reeves will replace Stacey Woelfel, who was named director of the Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism last week. Reeves takes over September 1.

“Randy’s years of experience working in KOMU’s unique environment, along with his excellent sense of news and interpersonal communication skills, make him the natural choice for the position,” said Dean Mills, dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, in a statement. “I am confident he will continue Stacey’s good work, not only in teaching the hundreds of students that pass through the doors of KOMU, but in providing top-notch news coverage for Mid-Missourians as well.”

Reeves, who is currently an executive producer, has worked at KOMU since 2003.

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KOMU News Director Stacey Woelfel to Lead MU Documentary Journalism Program

MUJournalismAfter 24 years as the news director of KOMU, Stacey Woelfel is taking on a new role as the first director of the new Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism.

KOMU, which is owned by the university, is the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo. Woelfel, who is also an alumnus of the Missouri School of Journalism, will step down as news director on September 1, 2014.

Related, TVNewser: Top TV Journalism School Adds Documentary Program

“I’m delighted that Stacey, who has already done so much for the School of Journalism with his superb leadership of KOMU-TV’s unique news operation, has agreed to take on this new challenge,” Dean Mills, the dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, said in a statement. “He’s a superb teacher and manager, and he has a deep commitment to documentary journalism.”

The Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center was created with a $6.7 million gift from Jonathan Murray, a documentary journalist and reality television producer.

Brittany Pieper Joins KOMU From KSLA

Brittany Pieper is the new evening co-anchor at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.

Beginning March 4, Pieper will co-anchor with Angie Bailey for the 5 p.m. newscast and with Jim Riek for the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She and Riek will also anchor the 9 p.m. newscast on KOMU’s CW-affiliated digital subchannel.

Pieper comes from Shreveport, La., where she is an anchor and reporter covering education at KSLA. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and began her career as a student reporter and anchor at KOMU.

“We knew Brittany to be a terrific journalist when she worked with us before. So when the opportunity came to bring her back to work with us again, I jumped at the chance,” news director Stacey Woelfel said in a statement. “She has all the skills Mid-Missouri wants in a news anchor –intelligence, a passion for news and the ability to communicate in a way people will love.”

Weathercasters Dave Schmidt and Rosie Newberry Get New Roles at KOMU

Weathercasters Rosie Newberry and Dave Schmidt are getting new jobs at KOMU, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Mo.

Schmidt, who currently handles weather reports at noon and 5 p.m., will slide to the evening newscasts, replacing Michelle Bogowith, who recently left KOMU for WDAF in Kansas City. News director Stacey Woelfel tells TVSpy Schmidt will appear at 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at noon, 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday.

Rosie Newberry has joined the station full-time, replacing Schmidt as the noon and 5 p.m. weathercaster Monday through Thursday. Newberry will also appear on Sundays at 5, 9 and 10 p.m.  [h/t TVNewsCheck]

KOMU Puts Local News on a Global Platform Using Google+ Hangouts

As local stations nationwide struggled with how to replace “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in their programming lineup, a new idea emerged at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO: a social-media driven newscast that would connect viewers from all over the world through “hangouts,” 10-person video chats on Google+.

“There is something magical about bringing people in from around the world in a singular space to discuss the day’s news,” KOMU’s Sarah Hill, who has anchored the 4 p.m. newscast since its debut on September 12, told TVSpy. “Globally, we are reducing the space between us.”

Hill pointed to a recent segment about Kenza Drider, who is running for president of France and targeting the country’s ban on Islamic face veils, as an example of the benefits from the hangout-style newscasts (watch video of the hangout segment inside). Read more