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Katie Kenney Joins WDTN’s ‘Living Dayton’

living daytonKatie Kenney has been named co-host of “Living Dayton,” WDTN’s daily local lifestyle program. Kenney has spent the past year as a contributor and fill-in host for the show.

“We are thrilled to have Katie join our Living Dayton family,” WDTN general manager Joe Abouzeid said in a statement.  “She’s been outstanding as our Dayton’s CW Star and with her strong ties to the community, will be an asset to the Living Dayton team.”

Kenney officially joins the show August 25. She joins co-hosts Shaun Kraisman, Vanessa Freeman and Sallie Taylor.

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John Seibel Named Morning Anchor at WDTN

john seidelJohn Seibel is joining Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN as the co-anchor of the morning newscast.

Seibel is a Dayton native and a Gulf War veteran. He comes to WDTN from Pittsburgh, where was a radio host who helped launch the first all-sports radio station in the city. Prior to that, he worked at ESPN.

“I’ve covered stories and experienced nearly every corner of the country, but I’m excited to be coming home,” Seibel said in a statement. “I look forward to beginning each morning with the viewers of 2 NEWS and I’m excited to join the 2 NEWSToday team.”

Beginning January 27, Seibel will join Holly Samuels and meteorologist Jamie Jarosik on the station’s morning newscast.

WDTN Host Sallie Taylor Recovering After Health Scare

sallie taylorWDTN‘s Sallie Taylor is recovering from a major health scare that caused bleeding in her head and neck, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Taylor told the Daily News that she originally thought she had a migraine. When she finally went to the hospital, she was listed in critical condition and airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus. Taylor spent four days in intensive care while doctors treated her for the bleeding, which was caused by a blood vessel that broke away from an artery.

“Everything goes through your mind: Is this going to happen? Am I going to live? Am I going to die?” Taylor said.

Taylor, who currently works as a gust co-host for WDTN’s “Living Dayton,” wrote a Facebook post thanking her friends and family: “Blessed to have you all in my life! Hug and Kiss your family and friends. Tell them you love them. Live for today,” she wrote.

Longtime Dayton Reporter Dan Edwards Leaving WDTN

Dan-EdwardsThe Dayton Daily News has confirmed Dan Edwards, reporter for Dayton, OH, NBC affiliate WDTN will no longer be with the station after December 31.

The Dayton BizBlog first reported the news.

“I will be looking for my next exciting opportunity and wish to stay in this area,” Edwards told the Daily News. “I have so enjoyed the opportunity. I just love tell stories about a community I love.”

Edwards has worked in the Dayton area for more than 30 years, starting in news at WHIO Radio in Dayton and later joining WDTN as a reporter.

WBDT Expands Evening Newscasts

Beginning next week, the 10 p.m. newscast on Dayton CW affiliate WBDT will be expanded from 30 minutes to an hour.

In a statement announcing the news, WDTN-WBDT president and general manager Joe Abouzeid said the expansion was prompted by “audience demand.”

“We listen to our viewers and it was clear to us that they wanted more local news and weather at a time that’s convenient to them,” he said.

The newscast, which was launched in 2007, is anchored by Mark Allan and Katie Ussin. It is produced by WDTN, which operates WBDT under a local marketing agreement.

Denise Eck Named News Director at WDTN

Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN has announced the hiring of Denise Eck as news director.

“We’re excited to have Denise join the WDTN-TV and Dayton’s CW family,” said Joe Abouzeid, president and general manager of WDTN and CW affiliate WBDT.  “Her years of experience as well as her ability to lead a multiplatform newsroom have us excited for what’s ahead for the 2 NEWS team.”

Eck, who will start at WDTN in two weeks, comes to Dayton from nearby Cincinnati where she was assistant news director for WCPO. Before working at WCPO, Eck was the news director at KTKA in Topeka, KS.

Dayton’s WDTN Launches HD Newscasts

WDTN, the NBC-affiliate in Dayton, is launching high-definition newscasts this weekend.

“We are extremely excited to give the viewers of 2 NEWS what they’ve been asking for,” news director Steve Diorio said in a statement. “This is a multi-million dollar investment into our news product that demonstrates our commitment to local news and weather in Dayton and the Miami Valley.” Read more

WDTN General Manager to Join Rival WKEF-WRGT

Lisa Barhorst, vice president and general manager of Dayton NBC-affiliate WDTN, has left the station to join a crosstown rival.

Barhorst has been hired at WKEF-WRGT, the ABC-affiliate and Fox-affiliate in Dayton, according to the Dayton Business Journal. She will take over for Dean Ditmer, who left in March to join KUSA in Denver as director of sales. Barhorst begins in her new role on August 6.

Barhorst has worked at WDTN for seven years. Prior to that, she was general sales manager at WWHO, the CW-affiliate in Columbus.

WDTN Hires Katie Ussin as Main Anchor

Less than a month after WDTN parted ways with Michelle Kingsfield, its main anchor for the past five years, the Dayton NBC-affiliate has hired her replacement.

Katie Ussin, who has worked as an anchor and reporter in Billings, MT since 2006, has joined WDTN as the co-anchor of the station’s 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 10:00, and 11:00 p.m. weekday newscasts, alongside Mark Allen.

“I am excited to be here and so impressed with the beauty of Ohio and the kindness of the people,” Ussin wrote on her new WDTN Facebook page this week. “I’m used to good folk, growing up in Montana, so please expect the same thing right back!” Read more

WDTN Cuts Main Anchor Michelle Kingsfield

Dayton NBC-affiliate WDTN has parted ways with Michelle Kingsfield, who anchored the station’s 5, 5:30, and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts over the past five years.

Kingsfield told the Dayton Daily News that she was “abruptly” let go last week, with the LIN-owned station failing to offer a reason for her dismissal.

Kingsfield has been a fixture on Dayton TV for over a decade.  Before joining WDTN in 2007, she worked as an anchor at WKEF-WRGT, the market’s Sinclair-run duopoly. Read more

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