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WBND Expands Morning Newscasts

WBND_LogoWBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend, is expanding its weekday and weekend morning newscasts this fall. The expansion will add more than 18 hours of news a week to WBND’s lineup.

On weekdays, the station will add newscasts from 4:30 to 5 a.m. on WBND and from 7 to 9 a.m. on sister station WCWW, the CW affiliate in South Bend. On weekends, the station will launch 6 to 8 a.m. newscasts on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday.

“When we launched ABC 57 News in April 2011, we began with 12 hours a week of local news,” general manager Jeff Guy said in a statement. “Since that time, we have more than doubled that number, currently delivering 27 hours a week. Now with the expansion in September, we will add 18.5 hours a week for a total of 45.5 hours a week of live news and weather coverage. No other television station in the market can compare – we will have the most live, local television news for viewers in Michiana.”

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Gunshot Interrupts WBND Reporter’s Live Shot About Drive-By Shooting

Multimedia journalist Eric Steltzer had a morning live shot for South Bend, IN, ABC affiliate WBND momentarily interrupted by what sounded like a gunshot.

Steltzer told TVSpy, he turned around and saw a car drive by with a window halfway rolled down after he heard the ‘pop,’ “In my head I was saying, ‘I think someone just tried to shoot me! But I’m still going to tag out of this story.’ I ended up doing one more live shot there before heading back to the station.”

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When the station asked a South Bend Police Captain if the sound was a gunshot, the cop said, “I wouldn’t doubt it.” Steltzer was at a local gas station reporting on an early morning drive-by shooting.

You can see video of the live shot in a story WBND did about the drive-by after the jump. Read more

WBND Adds Three Multimedia Journalists

WBND has hired three recent college graduates as multimedia journalists. Alexandra Koehn, Emily Evans and Amanda Starrantino have joined the ABC affiliate in South Bend, Ind.

Koehn recently graduated from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. Evans is a graduate of University of Ohio, and Starrantino graduated from Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

WBND Meteorologist Arrested for DWI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident

WBND chief meteorologist Jamie Martin was arrested just before 8:00 p.m. Saturday night for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Management for the South Bend, IN, ABC affiliate confirmed the news, but told TVSpy they would not comment further on personnel matters except to say meteorologist Tom Coomes will fill-in for Martin.

WSBT, the rival CBS affiliate, reported the news on air and on its website, saying St. Joseph County dispatchers confirmed the car Martin was driving flipped onto its roof less than a mile from the ABC station. Read more

Teenager Arrested While Being Interviewed by South Bend Reporter

WBND reporter Jessie McDonough watched her interview turn into a police investigation while her camera was rolling. (watch McDonough’s report above)

While McDonough, a reporter for the South Bend ABC affiliate, was interviewing an 18-year-old High School student about his car rear ending a school bus, South Bend police stepped in and arrested the man. “In Indiana it is illegal to have metabolites in your system while you are driving,” said Lt. Gene Eyster who approached the suspect during the interview.

Acting off a tip, police learned the man may have ditched drug paraphernalia in a nearby garbage can after the accident. “We are also going to take you down for a drug test,” said Lt. Eyster.  “Which is going to tell me exactly what is in your system and how strong.”

WBND Reporter Arrested on Two Counts of Sexual Battery

Ryan Klund, a reporter at WBND in South Bend, was arrested Thursday on two criminal sexual conduct charges.

According to documents filed Wednesday in St. Joseph Superior Court, Klund is charged with two counts of sexual battery, both felonies, against a woman at a party in South Bend on April 29. The woman reported the incident happened after she and Klund, along with a group of their acquaintances, had been drinking at a friend’s residence and at a local bar.

According to her account of the incident, she told friends she felt she may vomit and she went into the bathroom at the apartment. Klund came into the bathroom uninvited and began “rubbing the victim’s exposed genital area with his hand … and kissed the victim’s bare buttocks.” Klund left the bathroom after the woman yelled at him to stop. Read more

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.

WBND’s Daryl Bjoraas ‘Doing Fine’ After Report From Scene of Chemical Fire Lands Him in the Hospital

Daryl Bjoraas, a multimedia journalist at WBND in South Bend, was taken to the hospital on Friday night after reporting from the site of a chemical fire in Mishawaka.

“Daryl is doing fine.  He responded to the breaking news scene before mandatory evacuations were ordered,” WBND news director Aaron Ramey told TVSpy in an email. “He was feeling ill and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.”

The fire began Friday night at a vacant chemical plant that is currently undergoing a federally-supervised cleanup, according to the AP. Hundreds of residents in a one-mile radius of the factory were evacuated overnight, returning to their homes after the all-clear was given early Saturday morning. Read more

Brian Dorman, Emily Pritchard Promoted at WBND

In the wake of Krista Fogelsong‘s departure from WBND, the South Bend ABC-affiliate is shuffling its anchor lineup.

Weekend anchor Brian Dorman will take over as evening anchor until a replacement for Fogelsong is named. When the station names someone permanent for the 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts, Dorman will take over as morning co-anchor alongside Keitha Nelson.

Multimedia journalist Emily Pritchard will be promoted to the weekend anchor desk beginning Saturday.

“Brian and Emily are a pair of journalists who have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months and are very deserving of these promotions,” WBND news director Aaron Ramey told TVSpy in an email.

Anchor Krista Fogelsong Returning to Florida

Krista Fogelsong is leaving her anchor post at WBND in South Bend to return to Fort Myers.

Fogelsong, who worked at Fort Myers Fox-affiliate WFTX before heading north, is set to join WBBH, the market’s NBC-affiliate.  Her first day is June 4th.

“Krista brings 15 years of experience reporting, producing and anchoring,” the station said, announcing the move.  “We are very pleased that NBC2 was her station of choice upon returning to the area.”

Fogelsong was a main anchor at WFTX from 2002 to 2007.  Her return to Fort Myers has been rumored for the past few weeks. Read more

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