Henson has been suspended from the station since he was accused of groping a woman “under her clothing without her consent on two occasions.” He pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and committing a prohibited act in April.
Tebbets said the station is launching early-morning weekend newscasts and needed to fill Henson’s position. “We couldn’t hold the position forever, and it wasn’t being resolved,” he said.
First Lady Michelle Obama described herself as a “busy single mother” during an interview with WCAX anchor Bridget Barry Caswell yesterday.
During an interview about the importance of eating healthy and making healthy foods available to children, the First Lady told the anchor for the Burlington, VT, CBS affiliate, “Believe me, as a busy single mother…or I shouldn’t say single…as a busy mother. Sometimes, you know, when you’ve got the husband who’s President it can feel a little single.” She then added, “But he’s there.”
The First Lady had planted a new spring garden with the help of elementary schoolkids from around the country and was making the local TV rounds as part of an effort to highlight childhood obesity. The President was away on a fundraising swing through California.
TVSpy has reached out to WCAX’s Bridget Barry Caswell for her take. We’ll update you when we hear back.
WCAX reporter Matt Henson, 30, has been suspended from the Burlington CBS affiliate after he was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly groping a woman “under her clothing without her consent on two occasions.” The Burlington Free Presshas details of the incident:
Police say Henson groped a woman at a Lyndonville bar Thursday night and fought with the bar’s staff. He’s charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, and disorderly conduct.
Police say Henson, 30, of South Burlington groped a woman under her clothing without her consent on two occasions early Friday at the Packing House bar, then followed her outside and “forcibly pinned her against a wall,” the Lyndonville Police Department said in a statement Friday night.
The woman was able to get away, and bouncers restrained Henson until police arrived, according to the statement.
Henson’s blood alcohol content was 0.194 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving, according to the Free Press. He is scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court on April 22.
Steve Bottari has joined WCAX, the CBS-affiliate in Burlington, as weekday morning anchor.
Bottari joins Molly Smith and meteorologist Gary Sadowsky on the morning newscast. The New England native was most recently a video intern at USA Today. He has previously worked at WBIN, the independent station in Manchester, where he was a multimedia journalist.
“It’s an honor to be part of the community,” Bottari said in a statement. “We will keep the region informed with news, sports and weather and have a little fun as viewers start their day.”
Hall joined the Burlington station in 1954, just two months after it went on the air. He quickly became a familiar face to Vermont viewers, not only forecasting the weather but also hosting a quiz show. He eventually went on to serve as vice president of the station before retiring in 1990.
Along with Tony Adams and Richard Gallagher, Hall was part of one of the longest running news teams in the country. (WCAX’s tribute video above).
WCAX, the CBS-affiliate in Burlington, VT, is saying goodbye to reporter Andy Potter after 14 years.
Potter, a Vietnam veteran, announced his retirement on Friday, citing a desire to slow down after his recent knee-replacement surgery. “It’s been an honor to be able to tell the stories of Vermonters over the years,” said Potter in a statement. “I’m looking forward to a slower beat in the days ahead.”
The veteran journalist, a graduate of Vermont’s Middlebury College, worked at several local radio stations before joining WCAX in 1997. “Andy has promised he will help us with special projects,” said news director Anson Tebbetts. “Don’t be surprised to see Andy in the future.”
Earlier this month WCAX reporter Bianca Slotaaccepted a position with Vermont Governor-elect Peter Shumlin so some viewers in Burlington have been surprised to see her anchoring the station’s Sunday night newscast.
Slota, who joined Burlington’s CBS-affiliate in 2007, is set to become Shumlin’s press secretary once he takes office. Her final day with WCAX is Thursday but Terri Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press wonders why she was ever allowed at the anchor desk…
As an anchor she was in a position to deliver news of all kinds, including government and political news. At the same time, she is getting ready to take a job that involves controlling government and political news, which is sort of the opposite of delivering the news.