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Christa Lamendola Joins WLNS in Lansing

christa lamendolaChrista Lamendola has joined WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Mich., as a reporter and video journalist.

Lamendola graduated last month from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. While she was in college, she reported for WOUB, the PBS affiliate in Athens, Ohio.  She was also a consumer reporting intern at KDKA, the CBS owned station in Pittsburgh, and an intern at WATE, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Sports Director Jim Wogan Leaving WATE After 24 Years

jim wogan wateAfter more than two decades at WATE, sports director Jim Wogan is leaving the Knoxville ABC affiliate. Wogan has accepted a position as the director of communications with the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville.

“He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and by WATE viewers,” general manager Dean Littleton said in a statement. “We hate to lose Jim but we are happy for him that he is pursing an opportunity that is close to his heart.”

Wogan, who joined WATE in 1990, will sign off in June. He said making the move “was not an easy decision.”

“I like it here and I love the group of people I work with, but this move goes to the core of who I am as a Catholic,” Wogan said.

Dean Littleton Named VP-GM at WATE

Dean Littleton is joining WATE, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Knoxville, as vice president and general manager.

Littleton comes from rival WVLT, the CBS and MyNetwork TV affiliate in Knoxville, where he was the vice president and general sales manager. Before joining WVLT, he worked at KUSA in Denver and WBIR in Knoxville.

“I am thrilled to have Dean lead WATE and become a part of the Young family,” Young Broadcasting president and CEO Deb McDermott said in a statement. “He is a well-respected and proven leader whose extraordinary sales and journalism skill set, broad managerial experience and extensive knowledge of the market mesh perfectly with our strategic goals.”

Littleton replaces Stan Knott, who has been serving as interim general manager of the station in addition to his role as VP-GM at WKRN, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Nashville.

The official announcement is after the jump. Read more

WATE Reporter Mona Nair Becomes American Citizen

Mona Nair, reporter for WATE, was naturalized as a United States citizen Tuesday.

Nair was born in Kerala, India and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  She moved to the U.S. twelve years ago to major in broadcast journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia.

“The kind of support I’ve gotten from my co-workers and the viewers here in East Tennessee is unbelievable,” Nair said in the Knoxville ABC affiliate’s story about her swearing in ceremony.  “It’s been a long road and the process is tough. A lot of it is about luck and timing. I’ve been lucky to have had a lot of people who came into my life at just the right times.”

You can watch the video of Nair taking the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. with 100 other immigrants after the jump.

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Drew Gardner Leaves WTVW for Knoxville’s WATE

Drew Gardner is headed to Knoxville to report for ABC affiliate WATE, according to Jake’s DTV Blog.  Gardner comes from WTVW in Evansville, IN.

Gardner joined WTVW in 2010.  He survived a merge between two Evansville stations last year when Nexstar, which already owned WTVW, bought cross town ABC station WEHT.

He posted this farewell to his facebook page Friday:

 

Tina Jennings, Casey Wheeless Upped at WBKO

WBKO, the ABC-affiliate in Bowling Green, KY, has recently shuffled its anchor lineup.

Tina Jennings (left) takes over as anchor of the morning and midday newscasts. Jennings, formerly the weekend anchor and producer, replaces Haley Harmon, who left the station for a job at WATE in Knoxville.

In the evenings, reporter Casey Wheeless (right) has been promoted to co-anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. She replaces Lacey Steele, who recently left WBKO for KOAA in Colorado Springs.

Reporter Lawrence Smith Joins WDRB in Louisville

Lawrence Smith has joined Louisville Fox-affiliate WDRB as a general assignment reporter, the station announced today.

Smith is a local news veteran with experience at two of WDRB’s rival stations — WHAS and WAVE — as well as at WTVQ in Lexington, KRIV and KHOU in Houston, and WATE in Evansville.

Most recently, Smith was Dean of Students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His first day on the air at WDRB was last week.

WATE and WBXX Team Up For New 10 p.m. Newscast in Knoxville

ABC affiliate WATE and CW affiliate WBXX announced a new partnership to produce a 10 p.m. nightly newscast in Knoxville market. The new show will be 35 minutes long and will begin in early August.

This is not WATE’s first time in the 10 p.m. timeslot. The station formerly produced the evening news for WTNZ, the Knoxville Fox affiliate. That arrangement was terminated in March, when WTNZ announced a new partnership with WBIR, the NBC affiliate.

“We’re glad to be back in the 10 p.m. time slot,” WATE news director Jamie Foster said in a press release. “A lot of viewers have asked if we’re going to do a 10 p.m. news again. We know they’ll be excited as we are.”

WATE will switch to high definition for the broadcasts in the fall. The new broadcast will air seven days a week, with Kristen Farley anchoring on weeknights.

Missing: WATE News Director Jamie Foster’s Emmy

One young man in Knoxville has some impressive new hardware for his mantel following a break-in at the local ABC-affiliate.

Here’s Knoxville’s Metro Pulse:

According to a Knoxville Police report, a concerned employee at WATE TV 6’s Greystone building called them on Sunday, Feb. 20 after reportedly hearing some “young men” making noises in news director Jamie Foster’s office around 2:30 a.m. Upon arrival, officers did not find any actual perpetrators or any evidence that anyone had climbed into the building, though the office window was indeed open and unlocked.

However, Foster later discovered that an Emmy Award was gone