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Veteran Reporter Lu Ann Cahn Leaving WCAU

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Longtime investigative reporter Lu Ann Cahn has announced that she will be retiring from WCAU, the NBC owned Philadelphia station. Cahn joined WCAU in 1987 as a general assignment reporter and spent the next 27 years at the station, reporting on everything from the Olympics to her personal battle with breast cancer, at the age of 35.

“Lu Ann is a woman who strikes fear in the hearts of scammers and evil-doers, hope in the hearts of breast cancer patients and confidence in the hearts of those longing to re-boot their lives,” said Anzio Williams, WCAU’s vice president of news.

“We wish Lu Ann the same high level of success she shared with us during her years here at NBC10,” Eric Lerner, president and general manager, added.

Cahn released her first book last year, I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day, based on her blog, which WCAU says is the ”foundation for the beginning of her next great adventure.”

Her last day at WCAU is December 19.

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NBC Owned Stations Names Sarah Glover Head of Social Media

NBCOTS_VectorSarah Glover has been promoted to Social Media Editor for the NBC Owned Television Stations division.

Glover comes to NBC OTS from WCAU in Philadelphia. She will help the station group’s 11 stations “build and engage” their social media audiences.

“Sarah is smart, collaborative and understands firsthand the daily needs of our stations’ digital teams,” Josh Kleinbaum, executive editor of Digital Media, NBC Owned Television Stations said in a statement. “As audiences increasingly turn to social media for their local news and information, Sarah will play an integral role in ensuring we have the right strategies in place to engage our communities and distribute our content across the various social platforms.”

Before working at WCAU, Glover was staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News. Before that she was staff photographer at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Philadelphia NBC Station Hires Two Reporters

WCAU logoWCAU has announced two new hires. The Philadelphia NBC owned station said Randy Gyllenhaall started today, while Mitch Blacher will join next Wednesday.

“Bringing Randy and Mitch on board further enhances NBC10’s commitment to the community,” Anzio Williams, WCAU VP of News said in a statement.

Gyllenhaal will work in the station’s Lehigh Valley Bureau. He comes to Philadelphia from WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he had worked as a reporter. Before coming to WPBF in 2011, he worked at WPTZ in Burlington, Vt.

Blacher joins the “NBC 10 Investigators” unit. He comes from KGTV in San Diego where he was an investigative reporter. Before that, Blacher was an investigative reporter in Albuquerque, N.M. and had worked as an anchor or reporter in Fort Wayne and also Terre Haute, Ind.

WMAQ Adds Sportscaster Siafa Lewis

siafa lewisSiafa Lewis has joined WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, as a freelance reporter and sports anchor, Robert Feder reports:

Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, confirmed the new addition on Tuesday, adding that the hiring of Lewis “will mean less use of some of our other freelancers.” He did not say whose work would be cut back.

Lewis has previously worked as a traffic reporter for WCAU in Philadelphia and as a sports anchor and reporter for WNBC in New York.

Dave McDonald Named Senior Producer, Creative Services at WPIX

wpix logoDave McDonald has been promoted to senior producer, creative services at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. In his new role, he will be responsible for “developing high level image campaigns that support the emerging PIX11 news brand as well as new evolving station initiatives and partnerships.”

McDonald has been a writer, producer and editor at WPIX since 2001. Before that, he was a creative services writer and producer for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia.

“Dave is an Emmy Award and Promax Gold winning producer with over 15 years of experience in production, marketing, promotion and brand management. He has long been an important part of the PIX11 creative department, tireless in his pursuit of memorable creative work and is highly deserving of this promotion,” David Hyman, VP/Creative, said in a statement.

Daralene Jones Returns to WFTV

daralene jonesDaralene Jones is returning to her former station, Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

Jones left WFTV for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia, in 2012. She will be returning to WFTV May 27 as a weekend anchor and member of the station’s investigative unit.

“Daralene has a strong record of uncovering high-value stories that make a difference in peoples’ lives, and we’re proud to have her back on the team,” WFTV news director Matt Parcell said in a statement.

Valari Staab on Strengthening the NBC Owned Stations

valari staabIn an interview with TVNewsCheck, NBC Owned Television Stations president Valari Staab talks about the investment in local news that has gone on under her watch. Staab says stations like WTVJ in Miami, WMAQ in Chicago and WCAU in Philadelphia have seen success because “we have added people, we have upgraded facilities, we have added resources”:

There are two things that strengthened our newsrooms quickly. One was adding a midday newscast. It’s easy to look at a midday newscast and do the math and say that it loses money or that it breaks even so I don’t want to do it. What a midday newscast does is keep the newsroom going all day long. It keeps everybody gathering news all day long. To have a big gap between your morning news and your 5 o’clock news weakens your 5 o’clock news.

The second thing is investigative units. We have put really decent size investigative units into these stations and, aside from giving you original content that your competitors don’t have and that you absolutely need in today’s world, it also gets everybody in the newsroom focused again on enterprise journalism. So, having journalists in your newsroom that are constantly breaking stories gets the other reporters breaking stories and working beats. It helps create a culture of enterprise reporting.

How Did NBC Affiliates Balance the Storm and the Olympics?

A massive winter storm made its way up the East Coast Wednesday night, presenting a challenge for NBC affiliates forced to balance covering the storm with NBC’s primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics.

The NBC owned stations in the storm’s path –  WRC in Washington and WCAU in Philadelphia — aired the Olympics uninterrupted, as did NBC affiliates WCNC in Charlotte, WXIA in Atlanta, WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, WXII in Greensboro, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoke.

A handful of NBC affiliates — including WBAL in Baltimore, WAVY in Norfolk, WWBT in Richmond, WVTM in Birmingham and WYFF in Greenville, S.C. — included a lower-third banner with local closings and weather updates during all or part of NBC’s Olympic coverage.

(Pictured, L-R: WRC, WAVY, WXIA, WWBT)

WCAU Shuffles Morning, Evening Anchors

jones sikahemaChanges are afoot at WCAU, according to the Philadelphia Daily News: the NBC owned station in Philly has swapped its morning and evening anchors.

Keith Jones (pictured left) formerly the morning anchor, will move to evenings, anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Jacqueline London. Sports director Vai Sikahema (pictured right),who also anchored the 5 p.m. newscast, will move to the morning shift, anchoring from 4:30 to 7 a.m. with Tracy Davidson.

The Daily News also reports Steve Highsmith, a general assignment reporter who hosted “NBC 10 @Issue,” has left WCAU. The show will continue with a new host who has not yet been named.

Eryka Washington Set to Join WKMG

Eryka Washington is joining Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG as a consumer reporter, the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports.

It is a return to Orlando for Washington, who will also work as a fill-in anchor at the station. She is a former reporter and weekend anchor at NBC affiliate WESH. Since leaving Orlando in 2010, she has worked in public relations and as a freelance reporter at WCAU, the NBC owned station in Philadelphia.

According to Boedeker, Washington replaces Steven Cooper, who is moving to Atlanta.

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