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Meteorologist Changes at WDSU in New Orleans

wdsu weatherWDSU viewers will notice a couple of changes to the station’s weekday morning and afternoon shows today.

Jonathan Shelley, news director for the New Orleans NBC affiliate, told TVSpy, morning meteorologist Jay Galle is moving to a day shift and will anchor the 4:00 p.m. news. He will also come in early or stay late when team coverage is needed, produce web content and handle weather updates from mid-morning through early afternoon.

Weekend morning meteorologist Damon Singleton will replace Galle on the weekday morning show.

Shelley said the station hasn’t made any announcements regarding the weekend morning meteorologist.

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Blake Hanson Joins WSOC From WDSU

After two years at WDSU, Blake Hanson is leaving New Orleans for Charlotte. He announced the news on Twitter:

Hanson is a general assignment reporter for the morning newscast at WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans.

Norman Robinson Retiring From WDSU

norman robinsonNorman Robinson is retiring from WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans. His final broadcast will be May 30.

“We have been honored to have Norman as a colleague and friend for nearly a quarter-century and we congratulate him on his remarkable achievements and his well-earned retirement,” WDSU president and general manager Joel Vilmenay said in a statement. “We are pleased that he will continue to make contributions through partnerships and appearances in the years ahead.”

Robinson has worked at WDSU since 1990. Last year, he scaled back his duties, stepping away from the 10 p.m. anchor desk but continuing to anchor the 6 p.m. newscast.

“I am filled with bittersweet emotions, but happy to turn the page to a new chapter in my life. Most of all I have been lucky enough to fulfill my lifelong dream to become a news anchor in the city I love,” Robinson sad. “For that, I am most grateful.”

Read WDSU’s official announcement after the jump. Read more

Yve Jones Joins KHBS-KHOG as Assistant ND

khbs logoYve Jones has been named assistant news director at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s duopoly in Fayetteville-Fort Smith, Ark.

It is a move within Hearst for Jones, who has been the news operations manager at WISN in Milwaukee for the past five years. In her new role, she will be reunited with news director Greg Shepperd, who she worked with at WDSU in New Orleans.

“Yve has an extraordinary ability to organize, communicate, and collaborate,” Shepperd said in a statement. “She’s worked the assignment desk, produced, anchored and reported during her career.”

Jones’ last day at WISN will be January 16. She will begin at KHBS-KHOG on January 21.

Sportscaster Sharief Ishaq Joins WDSU

Sharief Ishaq has joined WDSU as a sports anchor and reporter. He will debut on the New Orleans NBC affiliate later this week.

“Sharief has spent his entire life in Louisiana, following the teams that inspire some of the most passionate fans in the world,” WDSU news director Jonathan Shelley said in a statement. “His knowledge of the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, the LSU Tigers and other area teams shines through in his coverage.”

Ishaq comes from Baton Rouge, where he has been a sports reporter for WAFB for three years. He has also worked as a sports anchor and sports director at KALB in Alexandria, La.

More from WDSU after the jump. Read more

Traffic Reporter Susan Isaacs Joins WDSU

Susan Isaacs has joined WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, as a traffic reporter.

Isaacs has spent the past two years as a reporter for Louisiana Media Company, appearing as the morning traffic reporter on New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE. Her move to WDSU coincides with an upgrade to the traffic systems at the NBC affiliate.

“Susan’s knowledge of area roadways and her ability to gather information that will help viewers get to their destinations in a timely manner is yet another reason to watch WDSU News This Morning,” WDSU news director Jonathan Shelley said in a statement.

Norman Robinson Signs Off From WDSU’s 10 p.m. Newscast

In a “preliminary step” toward retirement, Norman Robinson will anchor his last 10 p.m. newscast on WDSU tonight, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Robinson plans to retire in June 2014 after 23 years at the anchor desk. He will continue as the New Orleans NBC affiliate’s 6 p.m. anchor until then.

“I decided to scale back and give myself a year to make the transition,” Robinson told the Times-Picayune. “I’m in great health. It was not a health-related decision … I’m happy with where I am. I’m excited about this. This is just a preliminary step.”

KENS Executive News Director Kurt Davis Joins CBS News

KENS executive news director Kurt Davis is joining CBS News as vice president of news services.

Davis has worked at the San Antonio CBS affiliate for 10 years. In his new role, he will oversee CBS News’ satellite newsgathering organization, which provides news and information to the network’s 200 affiliates.

Davis has also worked as manager of coverage and content at WSB in Atlanta and as news director at WDSU in New Orleans. He has also worked at KDFW in Dallas, WSET in Lynchburg, Va., KATV in Little Rock and WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La.

Former KRIV Producer Murdered in Houston

Kathryn Greer Feagin, a former producer at KRIV, was found dead in her West Houston apartment Wednesday, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports. She was 35.

Houston police are investigating the death as a murder, according to Houston ABC O&O KTRK. There was no sign of forced entry at her apartment, where her grandmother found her Wednesday after she had not heard from Feagin for several days.

Feagain worked at WDSU in New Orleans before joining KRIV in 2009. After leaving the Fox O&O in 2011, she taught occasional classes at Sculpt Fitness in Houston. “She had a real bubbly personality, just always happy,” a colleague told KTRK.

Watch KTRK’s report after the jump. Read more

Former New Orleans News Director Alec Gifford Dies at 85

Alec Gifford, a former news director at both WVUE and WDSU in New Orleans, died last week. He was 85.

Gifford joined WDSU, the New Orleans NBC affiliate, in 1955 after serving in the U.S. Navy. In 1966, he joined NBC News in New York, where he worked for one year before returning to New Orleans as news director, anchor and reporter at Fox affiliate WVUE. He returned to WDSU in 1980 and continued there until he retired in 2006.

“If today we enjoy a measure of respect and have earned the trust of our viewers, it is in large part due to the extraordinary work Alec Gifford did to establish WDSU as a news organization,” WDSU president and general manager Joel Vilmenay said in a statement. “We continue to honor Alec’s work every day in our effort to report stories with the same sense of dedication, integrity, talent and passion as Alec did.”

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