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After Just Four Months As News Director, John Soares Leaving KWCH

Just four months after joining KWCH, news director John Soares is leaving the Wichita CBS affiliate.

“I met with my newsroom staff on Monday to let them know that I am remaining with the station through Friday to facilitate the transition to an interim news director,” Soares told TVSpy in an email.

Tipsters tell TVSpy the interim news director is Tom Lindner, a former news director at KARE in Minneapolis.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Soares told TVSpy he is not headed to Oklahoma City to replace Mary Ann Eckstein at KFOR.

“There is no truth whatsoever to the rumor of me heading to KFOR in Oklahoma City,” he said.

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Veteran CNN Producer Named KTUU News Director

Tracy Sabo, a 19-year veteran of CNN, has been named news director at KTUU, the Anchorage NBC-affiliate announced this week.

Most recently based in Dallas, Sabo produced both domestic and international coverage for CNN.  She also worked as a national assignment editor and spent time as a CNN radio anchor at the network’s Atlanta headquarters.

“Channel 2 News has a tremendous reputation, both inside and outside Alaska for its comprehensive news coverage,” Sabo said. “KTUU’s newsgathering style parallels my work at CNN in many ways, and I look forward to advancing and enhancing the great tradition of news excellence at [KTUU].” Read more

KARE Names Jane Helmke News Director

KARE announced today that Jane Helmke, who’s been with the station for the past 28 years, has been promoted to news director.  The news comes less than a day after KARE’s longtime newsroom leader Tom Lindner, who the NBC-affiliate let go in April, announced his new job.

“Jane is a true leader, and her dedication and commitment to both our viewers and our news team will help us continue to be the most watched station in the Twin Cities,” KARE president and general manager John Remes said, in announcing the promotion.  “She’s played a critical role in making KARE 11 the station that people trust to deliver their news and information both on television and online, and we look forward to her continued leadership.” Read more

Longtime KARE ND Tom Lindner Lands at KTUU

Tom Lindner, who was let go by KARE in April after 15 years as the station’s VP of News, has landed at Anchorage’s KTUU, where he will serve as interim news director.

Schurz Communications executive Kerry Oslund announced the move on Twitter, saying, “One of the USA’s top ND’s, Tom Lindner, joins Schurz Comm. Inc. for interim assignment at KTUU-Alaska’s #1 news org. Welcome to SCI Tom.”

Lindner updated his employment status on his Facebook page last night to read “KTUU Interim News Director.”  The update sparked an outpouring of support from friends and colleagues, including longtime KARE reporter Boyd Huppert, who delivered the station’s on-air farewell to Lindner in April. Read more

KARE Bids Farewell to Tom Lindner During 10 p.m. Newscast

KARE staff bid farewell yesterday to a man that has shaped the way the NBC-affiliate covers the news for nearly two decades. On Wednesday, station management announced that Tom Lindner, who has been with KARE for 19 years and served as VP of News for the last 15, would be leaving the station because “they wanted a change.”

Although the departure was not Lindner’s decision, the station is giving him a proper send-off.

KARE aired a four and a half minute segment during its 10 p.m. newscast last night, celebrating the contributions Lindner has made to the station while not covering up the truth of the situation.

“I’m moving on because I’ve been asked to move on,” Lindner says pointedly in the piece (video above).

RTDNA Announces 2011 Murrow Award Winners

RTDNA has officially announced the winners of the 2011 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

KUSA (Denver), KARE (Minneapolis-St. Paul), KRDO (Colorado Springs), and WGRZ (Buffalo) had especially impressive showings this year, dominating their respective divisions in addition to winning Overall Excellence.

In a show of vindication for KARE’s departing VP of News Tom Lindner, the NBC-affiliate won 7 of the 12 categories in its division.

KTUL (Tulsa) and WVUE (New Orleans) also garnered a significant amount of awards, with their call signs showing up more than any other station in their individual divisions.

List of winners inside… Read more

Longtime Anchor Kim Insley Thanks Tom Lindner in KARE Blog Post

In a new blog post on KARE’s website, veteran anchor Kim Insley bids a heartfelt farewell to longtime newsroom boss Tom Lindner, who was let go by the NBC-affiliate yesterday.

Calling it “a tough day for KARE,” Insley, who has been with the station for the past 18 years, tells viewers that Lindner “will be missed.”

Station management informed staff of Lindner’s departure at an all-hands newsroom meeting on Wednesday. Lindner told the Star-Tribune the decision was not his.

Here’s an excerpt from Insley’s post:

I just want to say, thank you, Tom, for believing in me and letting me be a part of that family. Thank you for being the working woman’s dream boss by supporting me in being a working mother. Read more

Tom Lindner Leaving KARE After 19 Years

After 19 years with KARE-TV the last 15 as VP of News, Tom Lindner is leaving the Gannett-owned station. The announcement came during an all-hands newsroom meeting late today.

Lindner told the Star-Tribune the decision was not his. “I was simply told that they wanted a change,” he said.

“Tom has been leader of the best newsroom in the country and is leaving us in great shape to continue providing the news and information that our market expects from us,” said GM John Remes in a press release. “He will
be missed.”

“I’ve spent a third of my life at KARE 11,” said Lindner in the release. “I’ve been blessed to lead a team of nationally recognized journalists, storytellers, and all around great people. I have been in awe of their talents and quality work from day one. Now the thrill turns to starting anew in whatever venture awaits.”

Lindner will stay through next week.

Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Test Period for Cameras in the Courtroom

The Minnesota Supreme Court has instituted a two-year test period to examine the use of cameras in the courtroom.

While the high court struck down a petition by several local news organizations to revise the state’s restrictions on recording devices in district courts for criminal cases, the test period, which will begin July 1st, will allow for the audiovisual recording of some civil cases.

Beginning in July, video cameras, still cameras, and other recording devices will be allowed into the courtrooms of certain civil cases, pending a judge’s approval.

“I hope we the media can build some trust in a judiciary that has some serious concerns about cameras and recording devices,” KARE news director Tom Lindner told the Associated Press. “We really are quite good at doing this and not interfering with people’s rights. We’d like to be able to show that.” Read more