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Kristin Wright Joins WRC From WTVT

kristin wright wrcKristin Wright is joining WRC next month, TVSpy has learned. She will begin as a general assignment reporter at the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. on December 16.

Wright joins WRC from WTVT, the Fox owned station in Tampa, where she has been a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor since 2008. She has previously worked at WHTM in Harrisburg, Penn. and at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y. She began her television career at WDIV in Detroit.

VIDEO: WDIV Reporter ‘Can’t Get This F-cking’ IFB to Work

WDIV reporter Lauren Podell had a little bit of IFB trouble this morning. Podell, who was reporting from Lapeer, described her technical troubles without knowing she was on the air, resulting in some unfortunate language being dropped on the morning newscast (watch above). [h/t Jalopnik Detroit]

Detroit Reporter Shows Sometimes It Takes 12 Years to Get ‘Story of the Decade’

During last night’s 11:00 p.m. news on Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, investigative reporter Kevin Dietz aired an open letter to Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for corruption.

On the surface, the letter plays out as the long saga of a corrupt politician who finally fell after his years of denials were countered by dogged investigation. But if you look deeper, you’ll see two things that seem to be disappearing in this era of shrinking newsrooms, the importance of reporting on politics and the luxury of time to tell the story.

“I am very lucky to work for a station that did not lose interest in what started out as a political story,” Dietz told TVSpy. “I was able to stay on the Kilpatrick story for 12 years. The station was willing to invest the time and money to give me the opportunity to become invested in the story.  It turned out to be our story of the decade.”

Dietz, who has worked at WDIV since 1993 added, “I was born and raised in Detroit and this is the only town I ever wanted to work in. I think you may go harder and dig deeper when you work in your hometown.”

Dietz won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his ongoing coverage of Kilpatrick.

Brandon Jones Set to Join WTOL in Toledo

Brandon Jones is joining Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL as a morning anchor and reporter. In a note to staffers obtained by TVSpy, news director CJ Hoyt said Jones will begin at WTOL August 12.

“He’ll get acclimated his first couple days and be on the air that week co-anchoring with Melissa Andrews … We’re very excited to have him on board!” Hoyt wrote.

Jones moves to Toledo from Greensboro, N.C., where he is a reporter at WGHP. He has previously worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KBTV in Beaumont, Texas and as an associate producer at WDIV in Detroit.

Al Jazeera America Announces Correspondents for Regional Bureaus

Al Jazeera America is adding five more correspondents from the local news landscape to its ranks. The network has announced the hires of Ash-har Quraishi, Heidi Zhou-Castro, Bisi Onile-EreNatasha Ghoneim and Jonathan Martin.

The three hires were revealed as the network, which is slated to launch next month, announced plans to open bureaus in 12 cities across the United States:  Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. With the exception of Zhou-Castro and Ghoneim, each of the correspondents will stay in the same market as they join Al Jazeera.

Quraishi, who will be Al Jazeera America’s Chicago correspondent, joins the network from WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago, where he was a reporter for the nightly newscast “Chicago Tonight” and a contributor to PBS “NewsHour.”

Zhou Castro joins Al Jazeera from YNN Austin, where she was the evening and weekend news anchor. She will be based in the network’s Dallas bureau.

Onile-Ere will be based in Detroit for Al Jazeera. She comes from WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.  Read more

WDIV Adds Evrod Cassimy as Morning Anchor

Evrod Cassimy has been named morning anchor for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV.

“Local 4 is known for its passion for journalistic excellence,” said Cassimy in a statement. “Detroit is a fascinating town and I can’t wait to be part of such an outstanding news organization and the Metro Detroit community.”

Cassimy will anchor from 4:30am to 7:00am weekdays alongside Rhonda Walker. His first day will be August 12.

He comes to WDIV from KCNC in Denver, CO. He’s also worked in Colorado Springs, CO, Madison, WI, Orlando, FL, and Richmond, VA.

WDIV Launches Local News and Talk Show

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV is launching “Live in the D,” a local show about news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle, in August. The show will be anchored by morning anchor Guy Gordon and midday anchor Karen Drew.

“When we started conceiving this program, we didn’t have to look far to find the right people to host this next step in our daytime line-up. We are thrilled to have Guy and Karen as the face of our new show,” WDIV vice president and general manager Marla Drutz said in a statement.

WDIV says the show will “have the elements of a daytime newscast with additional guest-driven conversations and feature a core of contributors.” The first show is slated for August 12.

WDIV Reporter Released From Jail After Serving 3 Weeks For DUI

Veteran WDIV investigative reporter Kevin Dietz was released from jail Saturday after serving more than three weeks for DUI, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Dietz was jailed on April 18 under Michigan’s “super drunk” law, which increases the consequences for people convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content of .17% or higher. Dietz, who has worked at the Detroit NBC affiliate since 1993, was arrested February 12.

“I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, WDIV and to the viewers,” Dietz said in a statement posted to the WDIV website. “I accept full responsibility and am taking the necessary steps to deal with this matter.”

“Kevin has been forthright and accepted full responsibility and expressed remorse.  He is taking appropriate steps to deal this situation and we believe that Kevin will continue to be an important contributor to WDIV now and in the future,” WDIV vice president and general manager Marla Drutz said.

Jamie Kaye Walters Joins WDIV as Creative Services and Programming Director

Jamie Kaye Walters is joining WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, as creative services and programming director.

In her new role, Walters will oversee branding, community engagement and programming initiatives for WDIV. She worked at the station from 1998-2007 as a producer in the entertainment and promotion departments. Since then, she has been the co-founder and executive producer of a creative production agency in Detroit.

“Jamie brings an entrepreneurial spirit and abiding passion for television back to where she got her start here at WDIV,” VP-GM Marla Drutz said in a statement. “She has the very enviable blend of experience, creativity, professionalism and a winning personality … We are delighted that she’s back.”

 

School Goes Into Lockdown After WDIV Photographer Attempts to Enter Building for Report on School Safety

An elementary school in West Bloomfield, Mich., was put on lockdown Monday after a photographer for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV attempted to enter all the doors of the school for a report on school safety, according to West Bloomfield Patch:

[Superintendent Gerald] Hill said at Monday’s School Board meeting that Gretchko Elementary School’s Principal, Sally Drummond, called West Bloomfield Police about 11:30 a.m. after unsuccessfully confirming the photographer’s identification, after the reporter tried to get into the school.

“The doors were all locked and the person wasn’t able to get in,” Hill said. The photographer had tried to access every exterior door at the school, according to Hill, which alerted teachers to tell the principal. Then, Hill said, Drummond saw the photographer in the parking lot.

“The person in the parking lot shook her hand, congratulations, you have a very secure school,” Hill said. “He didn’t have a camera or any identification, but he told her he was a reporter from Channel 4 news doing a story.”

West Bloomfield Patch reports that the district later found out the photographer was testing security measures for a WDIV report. WDIV did not respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

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