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WWOR Hires Matt Alvarez as Full-Time Reporter

Matt Alvarez has been hired as a full-time reporter at WWOR, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Seacaucus.

Alvarez has been freelancing at WWOR and sister station WNYW since April 2010. He will be a general assignment reporter on WWOR’s 10 p.m. newscast, which is anchored by Brenda Blackmon and Harry Martin.

“Matt has done a stellar job on reporting relevant issues affecting tri-state area residents and we are thrilled to offer him this opportunity,” WWOR vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Prior to joining WWOR, Alvarez was a reporter for WCMH in Columbus, OH and KJCT in Grand Junction, CO.

WCMH Knocked Off the Air Due to Power Outage

WCMH was knocked off the air Tuesday afternoon due to a power outage, leaving viewers in Columbus unable to watch the NBC-affiliate over-the-air or on DirecTV for nearly 18 hours.

Around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, WCMH experienced a power outage at its transmitter but the station wasn’t able to get the local power company, AEP, to fully assess the damage until 8:30 p.m.  And repair work didn’t begin until 10:15.

WCMH alerted viewers about the power outage on its website as well as via Facebook and Twitter, although the station initially received conflicting estimates from the power company about when power would actually be restored. Read more

NBC Stations Across Ohio Teaming Up for Debate

NBC-affiliates across Ohio are partnering to present a statewide debate centered on Issue 2, a controversial state referendum up for repeal. The debate will be moderated by NBC News political director Chuck Todd and broadcast from Columbus on Tuesday, October 25th.

The debate will be carried by WLWT Cincinnati, WKYC Cleveland, WCMH Columbus, WDTN Dayton, WLIO Lima, WNWO Toledo, WTOV Wheeling-Steubenville, WFMJ Youngstown, and WHIZ Zanesville. It will also be streamed live on each of the stations’ websites. Read more

Ohio Stations Yank Ad Featuring Grandmother

Thirty TV stations across Ohio have reportedly pulled a political ad off the air over its controversial use of footage featuring a great-grandmother from Cincinnati.

78-year-old Marlene Quinn recently signed on to appear in an ad opposing an upcoming ballot initiative.  The ad (embedded above)–in which Quinn recounts how a group of brave firefighters saved her granddaughter’s life–was apparently so effective at swaying voter opinion that a group supporting the ballot initiative used footage of Quinn in its own ad (video inside). Read more

KNBC Boss Named NBCU Chief Diversity Officer

Craig Robinson, president and general manager of KNBC, is being bumped up to a corporate role with NBCUniversal. The company announced today that Robinson has been named EVP and chief diversity officer, reporting directly to CEO Steve Burke.

Robinson replaces Paula Madison, who retired in May.  He’s set to begin on August 15th but will continue serving as KNBC’s general manager until a replacement is named.

“Diversity is one of our company’s biggest priorities, and I’m pleased that we could look within our own ranks and tap an accomplished leader like Craig to fill this important role,” Burke said, in making the announcement.

Robinson has served as KNBC’s president and GM since 2008. Prior to joining  the NBC O&O, Robinson held the president-GM post at WCMH, a Media General-owned NBC-affiliate. He is a longtime supporter of NABJ, AAJA, and NAHJ.

WCMH’s Education Report Includes Spelling Error

Spelling errors are bound to pop up during newscasts but it’s remarkable how often they occur on stories dealing with education.

Last week, KNBC misspelled Purdue University on a professor’s dropline as she spoke about how students’ spelling has gotten worse.

And this week Columbus’s WCMH misspelled “proficient” (left) while covering a recent education report showing that students lacked a proficient knowledge of U.S. history. [h/t NewsBlues]

Former Columbus Anchor Lands in Tax Court Over Dubious Job-Related Expenses

Anchor Anietra Hamper, who had worked in the Columbus market for over a decade before departing WBNS last year, landed in tax court this month after reporting $167,356 in job-related expenses, including jewelry, teeth whitening, manicures, makeup, and lingerie.

According to the court ruling:

[Hamper] alleges that she acted in good faith and with reasonable cause in deducting her business expenses because the tax law says that all business expenses that are ordinary and necessary are deductible and that her deductions are specific to the job she performs as a news anchor.

Hamper worked at NBC-affiliate WCMH from 1999 to 2008, before leaving the station and eventually joining crosstown rival WBNS.  The expenses examined in court were reported between 2005 and 2008, during which time Hamper anchored WCMH’s morning and noon newscasts.

In addition to items that helped Hamper maintain her appearance, she also reported costs associated with self-defense classes, which local police allegedly advised her to take since she could be vulnerable to stalking. Hamper did not provide sufficient proof to the court that these classes were attended. Read more

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