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Meteorologist Ethan Huston Joins WGAL

Ethan HustonMeteorologist Ethan Huston has joined WGAL, the NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa. It is a move within Hearst for Huston, who previously worked at WAPT in Jackson, Miss.

“Ethan brings a great deal of experience to the News 8 Storm Team, and we are thrilled to have him as a contributor to our around-the-clock weather  coverage,” WGAL news director Dan O’Donnell said in a statement. “His addition solidifies the team of meteorologists dedicated to providing forecasts aimed at keeping our viewers across the Susquehanna Valley informed of weather conditions that affect them.”

Huston will appear on the noon newscast Monday through Wednesday and the weekend evening newscasts.

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Megan West Moves to Evenings for WAPT

Megan-West-jpgWAPT has announced morning anchor Megan West will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. news.

For the past four years, West has co-anchored the Jackson, MS, ABC affiliate’s morning show.

“No more 1:30 a.m. alarms,” West said in a statement. “For much of the past eight years, I’ve loved being part of the way people in Central Mississippi start their day. Now I want to be the voice they hear as they are ending it.”

She will join co anchor Stephanie Maxwell starting next Monday, March 24.

Bert Case to Debut on WAPT

bert case_croppedLongtime Jackson, MS, anchor  Bert Case makes his return to ABC affiliate WAPT.

“Having one of Mississippi’s finest journalists join 16 WAPT News means we will serve our viewers better than ever,” WAPT GM Stuart Kellogg said in a statement. “I’ve known Bert for more than 30 years and I’m so excited that he is now on OUR team!”

Case started as news director at WAPT in 1970 before leaving for cross-town NBC affiliate WLBT in 1974. He left WLBT in January, months shy of his 40 year anniversary.

Case will do investigative reports for the station’s evening newscasts. He will also serve as consumer advocate.

Mississippi ABC Station Hires Two

bradley_ortega_waptJackson, MS, ABC affiliate WAPT has added a nightside reporter and morning anchor.

Tiffaney Bradley (pictured left) has joined WAPT as a morning anchor and reporter. Bradley comes from WGXA in Macon, GA. She has also worked at WDSU in New Orleans.

WAPT has also hired Jennifer Ortega (pictured right) as nightside reporter. She was an anchor and reporter at WCBI in Columbus, MS, and has also reported for the Spanish language station Hola TV in West Palm Beach, FL.

“Bringing in talented journalists is key,” said WAPT news director Ben Hart. “We are building a news team in Jackson that should rival any team in the country. Tiffaney and Jennifer are just the latest proof that WAPT news is the one to watch.”

Meteorologist Brittany Bell Joins WAPT

Meteorologist Brittany Bell has joined WAPT, the ABC affiliate in Jackson, Miss. It is a move within Hearst for Bell, who has been a meteorologist at KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith, Ark. since 2012.

“Weather has always been my passion, and I’m so fortunate that I have the opportunity to do what I love surrounded by my family and friends,” Bell said in a statement.

Bell, a Mississippi State graduate, will be the station’s weekend evening meteorologist. More from WAPT after the jump. Read more

Bruce Barkley Named News Director at WYFF, Ben Hart to Replace Him at WAPT

WAPT news director Bruce Barkley (pictured) is moving from Jackson, Miss. to Greenville, S.C., where he will take over as news director of WYFF.

It is a move within Hearst for Barkley, who has served as WAPT’s news director since 2000. He will step into the role vacated by Justin Antoniotti, who is leaving WYFF to serve as news director for another Hearst station, WATE in Pittsburgh.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome someone of Bruce’s experience and knowledge,” WYFF general manager John Soapes said in a statement. “He has a proven track record of creating outstanding local television news programming, all while providing superior leadership and building great teams.”

Ben Hart, who has been assistant news director of WAPT since 2010, will step into the news director role at the Jackson ABC affiliate. Hart is a graduate of Mississippi State University. Read more

WESH Hires Travell Eiland as Reporter

Travell Eiland will be joining Orlando’s NBC affiliate, WESH, as a reporter, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Eiland has been a morning anchor for WAPT in Jackson, MS for a little more than a year.  Both WESH and WAPT are Hearst owned stations.

Eiland, who joins WESH in two weeks, previously worked in Las Vegas, Sarasota, FL and Decatur, IL.

Anchor Keegan Foxx Joins WAPT From WTVA

Keegan Foxx has joined WAPT, the ABC affiliate in Jackson, Miss., as morning co-anchor.

Foxx moves to Jackson from Tupelo, where she was the morning co-anchor at WTVA. She has previously worked as a reporter at two other stations in Mississippi: WDAM in Hattiesburg and WCBI in Columbus.

“Keegan is a solid, experienced news anchor and journalist with deep Mississippi roots and sound knowledge of the issues that affect our state. We are thrilled to have her co-anchoring 16 WAPT Morning News,” WAPT news director Bruce Barkley said in a statement.

Foxx’s first day alongside Megan West at the anchor desk was Wednesday.

News Director Dawn Dugle Departs KHBS-KHOG

Dawn Dugle is out as news director at KHBS-KHOG, after just over two years with the Hearst-owned station in Fort Smith-Fayetville.

KHBS-KHOG vice president and general manager Brian Sather confirmed Dugle’s departure with TVSpy but declined to elaborate on the nature of her exit.

Dugle was named ND at KHBS-KHOG at the beginning of 2010, after working as assistant ND for 18 months at WAPT, Hearst’s station in Jackson, MS.  Before WAPT, Dugle worked as an executive producer at KEYE in Austin and a news producer at WTVT in Tampa.

No word yet on who will replace Dugle at KHBS-KHOG.

KMBC Reporter Marcus Moore Headed to WFAA

Marcus Moore, a reporter and fill-in anchor at KMBC, is leaving the Kansas City ABC-affiliate. His last day will be December 26.

Moore will join WFAA, the ABC-affiliate in Dallas, according to Bottom Line Communications.

“Kansas City has been awesome, except during the winter,” Moore told Bottom Line. “Finally, I won’t have to worry about getting snow tires anymore!”

Before joining KMBC in 2005, Moore was a reporter and weekend anchor at WAPT, the ABC-affiliate in Jackson, MS.

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