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WAND Adds Eric Steltzer as Morning Anchor

aericsteltzer_480x600Eric Steltzer is joining Decatur, IL, NBC affiliate WAND as a morning anchor and reporter.

Steltzer comes to WAND from WBND in South Bend, IN. WAND introduced him to viewers via Skype on its morning news show yesterday.

He started his career as a video editor for WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He also worked in North Dakota.

WAND news director Tai Takahashi told TVSpy Steltzer starts June 9.

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WAND Expands Noon News, Names Evening Anchor

manko_wandDecatur, IL, NBC affiliate WAND announced today it was making Marianne Manko a permanent anchor for the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

WAND news director Tai Takahashi said in a statement, “She has done a great job as interim anchor here and has proven herself to be a tremendous asset to the team.”

Before coming to WAND, Manko worked at KRGV in Weslaco, TX. She has also worked as a reporter in Orlando.

The station also announced beginning Monday, January 27, the Noon news will expand to an hour. Samantha Singer will continue to anchor the show.

Marianne Manko Joins WAND

Marianne Manko has joined WAND, the NBC affiliate in Springfield-Decatur, Ill.

News director Tai Takahashi told TVSpy Manko will anchor the afternoon and evening newscasts alongside Sean Streaty while two WAND anchors, Dawn Sterling and Stacey Skrysak, are out on maternity leave.

Until March, Manko was the evening anchor at rival WICS, the ABC affiliate in Springfield-Decatur. She has also worked at KRGV in Brownsville, Texas and WOFL in Orlando.

Chief Meteorologist Lee Davis to Retire After 19 Years at WAND

WAND chief meteorologist Lee Davis will retire Thursday after 19 years at the NBC affiliate in Decatur, Ill.

Davis, who serves as meteorologist for the noon, 4 and 5 p.m. newscasts, said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family in his retirement.

“It’s been a great time working here…most fun job I’ve had. I’ve gotten to do continuous coverage of tornado warnings, ridden with the Blue Angels, met people whom I’d not have gotten to know had I not been in this job, and along with all that I’ve been paid,” Davis wrote on WAND’s website.

WAND Morning Anchor Mark Rivera Proposes to His Girlfriend On the Air

WAND morning anchor Mark Rivera proposed to his girlfriend live on the Springfield, Ill. NBC affiliate’s morning newscast (video above).

Rivera’s girlfriend, Alissa Groeninger, is a reporter for the State Journal Register who thought she was appearing on the newscast to talk about “The Voice.”

Spoiler alert: she says yes.

Returning to Where He Began His Career, James Platzer Becomes News Director at WJAC

James Platzer has been named news director of WJAC, a Cox Media-owned NBC-affiliate in central Pennsylvania.

Platzer actually began his TV career as a part-time photographer for WJAC and has recently been working as a journalism instructor at nearby Penn State University. Before joining Penn State, Platzer served as news director for WFMY in Greensboro, NC and WAND in Decatur, IL.

“James brings an abundant amount of knowledge and experience to WJAC,”  said Kevin Hayes, who was recently appointed to vice president and general manager of the station. “He has a nose for news, is a great leader, and I am thrilled that he has joined our team.”

“I am thrilled, honored and humbled to return to my first station as news director,” Platzer said.

His first day is set for April 4th.