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Lindsay Logue Says Goodbye to WBBH

lindsay logueAfter five years at WBBH, Lindsay Logue is leaving the Fort Myers NBC affiliate to spend more time with her family.

“This wasn’t an easy decision to make, (in fact it took months) but I know it’s what’s best for our family right now,” Logue wrote on Facebook. “Friday is my last day on the air.”

Logue co-anchors the 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. She joined WBBH in 2009 as a bureau reporter in Collier County.

[h/t NewsBlues]

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Jim Reif Dies After Bicycle Accident

reif_ripWBBH director of meteorology, Jim Reif died last night after suffering a traumatic head injury in a bicycling accident Sunday.

Reif hit a sign Sunday while riding his bike and hit his head on the curb.

He was recently engaged to be married.

Reif started his TV career in 1979 in Fort Myers, FL. In 1999, Reif started working for WBBH’s parent company Waterman Broadcasting when he was named chief meteorologist at Fort Myers ABC affiliate WZVN. He is the director of meteorology for both WBBH and WZVN.

According to the Fort Myers NBC affiliate, Reif died last night at 10:38 p.m. He was 62.

WBBH Meteorologist Jim Reif Injured in Bike Accident

jim reifWBBH director of meteorology Jim Reif was injured in a bike accident Sunday afternoon, the Fort Myers NBC affiliate reports.

Reif was thrown to the ground after his bike hit a sign on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. According to WBBH, he hit his head on the curb and suffered traumatic injuries to the head.

Reif joined Waterman Broadcasting, WBBH’s parent company, in 1999 as chief meteorologist for WZVN, the ABC affiliate in Fort Myers. Currently, he serves as director of meteorology for both stations. He recently got engaged to be married.

Watch WBBH’s report after the jump. Read more

Man Arrested After Pointing Gun at WBBH Crew

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after pointing a gun at a WBBH crew. Jeremiah Edward Mayo, 23, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, according to the Fort Myers NBC affiliate.

Reporter Meghan Smith and photojournalist Walter Pendergrass were in Lehigh Acres covering a burglary when the incident occurred, WBBH reports:

Around 2 p.m., the crew saw a small blue car drive slowly by the driveway. Smith said she waved to both occupants of the car. The car then stopped and Mayo, the passenger, got out and came up to the vehicle Smith and Pendergrass were in. He pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at them.

Smith and Pendergrass saw the gun and tried to back out of the driveway. Mayo continued to approach the car, pointing the gun at them. They pointed to a press license plate in the vehicle and yelled to Mayo that they were with NBC2, but Mayo said he didn’t care, that no one was talking and that they should leave – all the while keeping the gun pointed at them.

He kept the gun pointed at them as they drove off. The crew was able to flag down a deputy and report the incident.

After Mayo’s arrest, a judge ordered him to surrender all firearms and have no contact with Smith or Pendergrass, according to WBBH. [h/t NewsBlues]

Jennifer Trammell Says Goodbye to WBBH

Weekend anchor Jennifer Trammell is signing off from Fort Myers NBC affiliate WBBH, according to the Naples Daily News.

Trammell will join NewsBank, a Naples-based information provider, as part of their video division. She joined WBBH in 2011 from WGBA in Green Bay.

“In TV it’s all about bumping up to the next market,” Trammell told the Daily News. “I want to be settled for a while.”

Kim Chappell Joins WBND as Evening Co-Anchor

Kim Chappell begins next month at WBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend. She will anchor the station’s evening newscasts alongside Brian Dorman.

Chappell comes to WBND from WTVF in Nashville, where she used her maiden name, Kim Gebbia. She has previously worked for WXII in Winston-Salem and WECT in Wilmington, N.C.

“Kim has spent her career digging up stories that impact the communities where people live,” news director Aaron Ramey said in a statement. “She has a passion for one-on-one interaction with the folks who are affected by the news. I think that shows in her compassionate approach to story-telling.”

Chappell replaces Krista Fogelsong, who left WBND for WBBH in May.

WBBH Adds Charlie Keegan, Says Goodbye to Andy Pierrotti

Fort Myers NBC-affiliate WBBH is adding reporter Charlie Keegan and saying goodbye to reporter Andy Pierrotti (pictured), according to the News-Press.

Keegan joins WBBH as a reporter for the station’s Charlotte County bureau. He will cover Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. Previously, Keegan was a reporter for KFBB, the ABC-affiliate in Great Falls, MT.

Pierrotti, an investigative reporter, is leaving WBBH to join KVUE, the ABC-affiliate in Austin, where he will serve in the same role. He joined WBBH in early 2010, according to the News-Press.

Krista Fogelsong to Mornings, Heather Turco to Afternoons at WBBH

Morning anchor Heather Turco (left) and noon anchor Krista Fogelsong (right) are swapping schedules at WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.

Beginning this week, Fogelsong, who joined the station earlier this month and has been anchoring the noon newscast, will take over alongside Clay Miller on the 5, 6 and 11 a.m. newscasts. She replaces Turco, who will move to the noon and 4 p.m. anchor spot.

“These two moves create a commanding level of experience in news anchor teams across every day part,” news director Darrel Lieze-Adams said in a statement. “Our viewers will only benefit from our depth of experience throughout the day.”

Reporter Clifton French Leaving WSBT in South Bend

After more than two years at WSBT in South Bend, reporter Clifton French is leaving the station for a job in Florida.

“So it’s official … my wife and I are heading to Fort Myers, FL at the end of the month!” French wrote on Facebook yesterday. “We will miss Michiana, but thank you for all the memories and good times!”

French is rumored to be joining WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers. WBBH and WSBT have yet to respond to requests for comment from TVSpy.

WBBH Anchors, and Brian Williams, Celebrate Len Jennings as He Says Goodbye to Fort Myers

Len Jennings, who will join KMBC in Kansas City this summer, signed off from Fort Myers NBC-affiliate WBBH last night.

The station called on past and present staffers, as well as a few surprise guests from NBC News, for a final sendoff to Jennings, who has been with WBBH-WZVN since 2001.

“You’ve taught me so much about being a class act, a nice guy, humble. I haven’t actually tried any of those things for myself yet, but you did teach me,” WBBH anchor Patrick Nolan joked.

“From all of us here at the mother ship, NBC News headquarters in New York, we want to wish you all the best as you leave our Southwest Florida family,” “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams said. Video inside… Read more

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