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Atlanta Stations Cover Decatur School Shooting

Atlanta stations broke into regular programming this afternoon after at least one gunshot was fired at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a charter elementary school in DeKalb County.

ABC affiliate WSB was the first station to report the news at 1:13pmET. Fox O&O WAGA broke in to afternoon programming at 1:19pmET, with CBS affiliate WGCL following at 1:20pmET. NBC affiliate WXIA reported the news at 1:26pmET.

All four stations were careful in describing the situation, as there was initial confusion about whether shots had been fired. WSB’s Carol Sbarge said there had been “some sort of police incident” at the school, while WAGA’s Lisa Rayam reported a “heavy police presence” after reports of a “man sitting in the front office with a gun.” On WGCL, Jeff Chirico also referred to the unfolding news as an “incident,” and WXIA’s Jaye Watson reported a 911 call “of shots fired at this elementary school.”

WSB’s Ryan Young filed a report from his iPhone after arriving on the scene. Watch it after the jump. Read more

Cynnè Simpson Named WAGA Evening Anchor

Cynnè Simpson is joining WAGA, the Fox O&O in Atlanta, as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Simpson was most recently the morning and noon anchor for WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. At WAGA, she replaces Amanda Davis, who retired in April after an extended leave of absence following a DUI arrest.

“We’re very happy to welcome Cynnè back to Georgia. We think she’ll be a great addition to our strong team of journalists here at FOX 5 Atlanta,” vice president and news director Mike McClain said in a statement.

Simpson will co-anchor at 5 p.m. alongside Tom Haynes and at 10 p.m. alongside Russ Spencer. Lisa Rayam, who currently anchors the 5 p.m. newscast, will shift to the 6 p.m. anchor desk alongside Spencer. She will continue to anchor the noon newscast solo.

Ray Moore, Former WSB Anchor and News Director Dies

Ray Moore, former news director and main anchor for Atlanta’s WSB has died.

WSB reports Moore died one week shy of his 91st birthday after a fall in his home last week.

Moore started with WSB radio in 1951. One year later he went to work for WSB-TV when it was an NBC affiliate. In 1969 he resigned as WSB news director and joined cross-town rival WAGA (FOX) when it was a CBS affiliate. While working for Georgia Tech, he was credited with creating a video presentation that helped Atlanta land the 1996 Olympics.

WSB said services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA.

WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis Announces Retirement

Amanda Davis, anchor for Atlanta’s WAGA, announced her retirement on-air last night. Davis has been on a leave of absence from the FOX owned station since November after an arrest for DUI.

“Atlanta has been home for me for thirty years, a couple while I was in college and 28 in television news,” said Davis in a 14 minute segment the station carved out of its 10:00 p.m. newscast. “There have been awards, honors and accolades.  There have also been challenges, disappointments and stumbles.”  She went on to say, “So it’s with a heavy heart that I announce now that I am officially retiring from FOX 5 as I look ahead to a new chapter in my life.”

The station had been promising viewers a “special message” from Davis this week.  It turns out it was a farewell tour of sorts. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

WAGA Gets First Photos of Marathon Bomb

WAGA reporter Dale Russell has obtained the first photos of the bomb that exploded Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon (above).

The photos aired on the Atlanta Fox O&O’s 6:30 p.m. newscast Tuesday, just hours after it was first reported that the explosions were caused by pressure cooker bombs. The pictures aired across several other Fox O&Os, as well as on Shepard Smith‘s national Fox News Channel program, Tuesday evening.

See the rest of the photos in WAGA’s report after the jump. Read more

‘Good Day Atlanta’ Anchor Out for a Month

Karen Graham, morning anchor for Atlanta FOX owned WAGA, has announced she is going off the air.  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she is taking a medical leave of absence for a month.

The “Good Day Atlanta” anchor posted the news to her facebook page, “Hey guys…I’m going off the grid — and off the air — for a little while. Gotta take care of…me. But I’ll be back — hopefully stronger and better. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Peace and love :-)

Graham, who started as the weekend sports anchor, has worked at WAGA for 12 years. Prior to WAGA, she worked at WSOC in Charlotte, NC and WTVT in Tampa, FL.

Eric Ludgood Joins WAGA as Assistant ND

Two months after his departure from Atlanta’s WGCL, Eric Ludgood has been named assistant news director at rival WAGA.

During his time at WGCL, Ludgood served as news director and as executive producer. He is a former vice president of CNN International who has also worked at WNCN in Raleigh, WXIA in Atlanta and WTVM in Columbus, Ga.

Ludgood begins Tuesday at the Fox O&O.

Tornado Forms in Front of WSB’s Ross Cavitt

At least one person is dead after a tornado touched down in Adairsville, Ga., Wednesday afternoon. Footage of the tornado was captured by WSB reporter Ross Cavitt, who had just arrived on the scene and was reporting from about a quarter mile away (video above).

All four Atlanta stations — ABC affiliate WSB, CBS affiliate WGCL, NBC affiliate WXIA and Fox O&O WAGA — have been in continuing coverage of the severe weather for several hours. The area remains under a severe thunderstorm warning. [via CNN]

DUI Case Against WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis Moves Toward Trial

The DUI case involving WAGA anchor Amanda Davis is moving to Fulton County State Court for trial.

Davis, a longtime anchor at the Atlanta Fox O&O, was arrested after being involved in a wrong-way crash in November. She was charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving.

Davis has been on a leave of absence from the station since the incident. Watch a report from the courthouse from rival WSB, Atlanta’s ABC affiliate, after the jump. Read more

Cheryl White Leaving ‘Good Day Atlanta’

Cheryl White, longtime traffic and weather anchor for morning show “Good Day Atlanta,” has announced she will be leaving FOX owned station WAGA.

White, who had been with the station since 1997, posted the news to her facebook page saying, “It’s been a privilege working on Good Day Atlanta for so many years. December 28th will be my last day. I wish continued success to the entire Good Day team.”

White’s bio page on the WAGA website said she earned her Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2006.

[Atlanta Journal Constitution]

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