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Julie Moravchik Hired as WDAZ News Director

Julie Moravchick has been hired as news director at WDAZ, the ABC affiliate in Grand Forks, N.D., according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Moravchik is a former producer at KQDS, the Fox affiliate in Duluth. She has also worked as news director of WAST in Ashland and as a at reporter WDIO in Duluth. Since 2011, she has been an account executive at Duluth-Superior magazine.

“It was good for me to work at the magazine and try another job and get another perspective,” Moravchik told the News Tribune. “Then you realize how much you miss it. When big news happens, that’s when you really, really realize what you’re supposed to be doing. You’re used to being on the front lines … part of it.”

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Former KQDS Meteorologist Given Days to Live

Chris Snider, former meteorologist for Duluth FOX affiliate KQDS, will be heading home to Minnesota to live out his last days. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in his jawbone this summer.

According to Duluth ABC affiliate WDIO, doctors have given the 28-year-old a few days to live. He left KQDS in 2011 to do missionary work in Mississippi,

“He really didn’t think it was going to be a big deal,” his sister, Tabatha Snider told the Duluth News Tribune in a story last week. In the story, Snider seemed optimistic about her brother’s chances of recovery after visiting him in Biloxi, MS, where he is in a hospital. Read more

Katie Nordeen Moves to Evenings at WGHP

Katie Nordeen has been named evening co-anchor at WGHP in Greensboro, N.C., according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Nordeen joined the Fox affiliate in 2010 and was promoted to morning anchor in 2011. Her first night on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Neill McNeill is Thursday.

Before joining WGHP, Nordeen worked at WDIO in Duluth, Minn., as an anchor and reporter. She replaces Julie Luck, who left WGHP in September.

Fox-Affiliate Apologizes for News Director’s Facebook Post as Rival Stations Cover Protest Over His Remarks

As KQDS went into damage control mode following a controversial Facebook post from its news director, Jason Vincent, rival stations WDIO and KBJR sent camera crews to the Duluth Fox-affiliate to capture footage of a handful of protesters who had gathered outside of the station.

In a recent post on his personal Facebook page, Vincent wrote, “Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard.”

The remark drew the ire of local civil rights leaders and several people assembled outside of KQDS on Friday, calling for Vincent’s resignation. Read more

Anchor Kim Johnson Joins KTVX From KLJB

Kim Johnson is the new weekend anchor at Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate KTVX.

Johnson joins the station from KLJB, the Fox-affiliate in the Quad Cities of eastern Iowa and west-central Illinois, where she is the primary anchor. Prior to joining KLJB in 2010, Johnson worked at WGBA in Green Bay and WDIO in Duluth.

Johnson will sign off from KLJB on July 26.

Dan Williamson Named Sports Director at WDIO

Dan Williamson has joined Duluth ABC-affiliate WDIO as sports director.

Williamson joins the station from Lifetouch Media Productions in Minneapolis, where he was a reporter, photographer and producer. He has previously been a sports and news anchor at KSAX in Alexandria, MN and sports director at KXMB in Bismarck, ND.

“Dan is a great addition to our staff,” assistant news director Jon Ellis said in a statement. “With his experience in the Midwest, he brings a good understanding of what our viewers are looking for in sports coverage.” Read more

Sports Director Josh Zenner Signs Off From WDIO

After nine years at WDIO, sports director Josh Zenner signed off from the Duluth ABC-affiliate on Friday night.

Zenner joined the station in 2003, spending three years as a general assignment reporter before switching to sports in 2006. According to WDIO, he is relocating to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to pursue a career in freelance video photography and production.

“So many amazing stories, amazing people that I’ve met in this community,” Zenner said during his last newscast. “Stuff that I’m never going to forget. It’s only going to help me later in life and my career.”

In Duluth, WDIO Picks Darren Danielson to Succeed Retiring Anchor Dennis Anderson

WDIO has named a successor for longtime anchor Dennis Anderson, who is retiring this spring after more than four decades with the station. The Duluth ABC-affiliate announced on Monday that Darren Danielson (right) would be the new anchor of its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Darren comes to us with almost 25 years of broadcast journalism experience. We feel very fortunate to have him join us,” WDIO news director Steve Goodspeed said, in making the announcement. “Darren is a respected reporter, producer and anchor.”

Danielson is a familiar face to viewers in northern Minnesota, having spent the past 14 years anchoring “Almanac North,” a weekly public affairs program, on Duluth PBS-affiliate WDSE.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to work at the station and help carry on the tradition others have established there,” Danielson said about the move. “I know I can’t replace Dennis Anderson, but I promise to bring to the position the traits he brought us every night—honesty, integrity, objectivity and fairness.”

Anchor Sandy Drag Departs Duluth’s WDIO, Leaving Station with Two Vacant Anchor Seats

Duluth’s WDIO is losing its second high-profile anchor in nearly as many months.  Following the November announcement of anchor Dennis Anderson‘s retirement, anchor Sandy Drag, who helms the ABC-affiliate’s 5 p.m. weeknight newscasts, informed the station that she is leaving to accept a public affairs position with Cleveland Cliffs, a mining and natural resources company.

Drag’s decision comes as she was in line to be Anderson’s natural successor at WDIO’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.  “If Sandy had been able to stay and wanted the job, there’s no reason to think she wouldn’t have gotten it,” WDIO news director Steve Goodspeed told the Duluth News Tribune about Anderson’s soon-to-be vacant anchor seat.

Ultimately Drag’s decision came down to family.  She is expecting her first child in March and wanted a job that would allow her to spend more time with her new baby.

“I gave a lot of consideration to the 6 and 10 o’clock news,” she said. “It has always been my dream to do that job. But it’s also been my dream to be a mom.”

Now WDIO is left to fill two evening anchor positions in the coming months. Read more