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Courtney Gousman Jumps Stations in Chicago

courtney gousmanCourtney Gousman is joining WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago, as a general assignment reporter. Gousman comes from rival WBBM, the CBS-owned station in the market, where she has been a reporter and anchor since 2012.

“A Chicago native, Courtney is a perfect fit for ‘Chicago’s Very Own’ news team,” WGN interim news director Jennifer Lyons told Robert Feder. “She’s experienced, dynamic and active in the community. She’ll be a great addition to our staff.”

Gousman will begin at WGN on July 9. She will be a reporter for the station’s evening newscasts.

Before WBBM, Gousman worked at KSDK in St. Louis, WEHT in Evansville, Ind., KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo., and WMAR in Baltimore.

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Two Anchors Leaving Evansville’s WEHT-WTVW

Meteorologist David Heckard (pictured left) and anchor Whitney Ray (picture right) are leaving the Evansville, IN, ABC and CW affiliates WEHT-WVTW.

In an email sent to staffers obtained by TVSpy, news director Bob Freeman said in part, “We’re saying goodbye to Whitney Ray and David Heckard. Tough announcement to make but we all know the only certainties in the TriState are changes in the weather and the faces on local television.” You can read the entire email after the jump.

Heckard is going to Fort Myers, FL, NBC affiliate WBBH. Ray, who came back to WEHT-WTVW last year, will devote her time to her family. Read more

Anchor Changes Announced at WTVW-WEHT

WTVW-WEHT in Evansville, IN, has announced a few anchor changes taking place this week.

Kara Kirtley has joined the station as the morning co-anchor.  She anchors the 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. news for ABC affiliate WEHT and the 7:00 a.m. news for WTVW.

“I am thrilled and honored to become a part of the Eyewitness News Daybreak team,” said Kirtley. “Having grown up in Central City, Kentucky, returning to the Tri-State now feels like coming home. Covering the news in our community means so much to me and I consider it a real blessing.”

Kirtley comes to WTVW-WEHT from Great Falls, MT, where she was the evening news manager and anchor for KFBB.

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Drew Gardner Leaves WTVW for Knoxville’s WATE

Drew Gardner is headed to Knoxville to report for ABC affiliate WATE, according to Jake’s DTV Blog.  Gardner comes from WTVW in Evansville, IN.

Gardner joined WTVW in 2010.  He survived a merge between two Evansville stations last year when Nexstar, which already owned WTVW, bought cross town ABC station WEHT.

He posted this farewell to his facebook page Friday:

 

Bob Walters Joins KNOE as News Director

There’s a new news director at KNOE, according to Jake’s DTV Blog: Bob Walters began at the CBS affiliate in Monroe, La. this week.

Walters joined the station, which is Hoak Media operates as part of a duopoly with KAQY, Parker Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate, on Monday. He spent more than 10 years as news director of WTVW in Evansville, becoming news director of WEHT when the stations merged last year. He was cut from the stations in June.

As Jake’s DTV Blog notes, he will be competing with his former employer, Nexstar Broadcasting, in his new role. Nexstar owns Fox-affiliated KARD and operates NBC-affiliated KTVE.

Anchor Julie Dolan Joins WLEX From WEHT

Julie Dolan is the new morning co-anchor Lexington NBC affiliate WLEX, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

Dolan joins WLEX from WEHT in Evansville, where she has worked since 2007, most recently as the morning anchor. At WLEX, she will anchor from 4:30 to 7 a.m. alongside Chris Goodman.

“When we put Julie on the set for her newscast audition, it was as if Chris and Julie had worked together forever,” WLEX news director Bruce Carter told the Herald-Leader. “They had great chemistry, and it was just the perfect match.” Read more

Nexstar Cuts WEHT-WTVW News Director

Bob Walters is out as news director of WEHT-WTVW in Evansville.

Walters, who had been with WTVW since 2000, was promoted to news director of both stations last year after Nexstar Broadcasting acquired WEHT and merged its operations with WTVW.  His departure was first reported this week by Jake’s DTV Blog.

WEHT-WTVW production manager John Payne was also let go by Nexstar, and he has since been replaced by Jeremy Moore from WTWO, the company’s NBC-affiliate in Terre Haute. Read more

Reporter Courtney Gousman Returns to Chicago

Courtney Gousman has joined Chicago CBS O&O WBBM on a freelance basis, Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports.

Gousman, a Chicago native, made her debut on last weekend’s evening newscasts. She comes to WBBM from KSDK, the NBC-affiliate in St. Louis, where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Gousman has been working in television since 2006. She has previously worked at WEHT in Evansville, IN and KRGC in Jefferson City, MO.

Whitney Ray Returns to WEHT as Main Anchor

Whitney Ray, who spent three years as a morning anchor and reporter at WEHT before being cut loose last year, has been tapped as the Evansville ABC-affiliate’s new evening anchor.

A native of Southern Indiana, Ray will co-anchor WEHT’s 4, 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Brad Byrd, and she’ll also helm the 6:30 p.m. newscast produced for WTVW.

“We are delighted to welcome Whitney Ray back to WEHT as she brings the right skill set, community knowledge and commitment to serve as a successful co-anchor in the market,” WEHT vice president and general manager Arika Zink said, announcing the appointment. Read more

Anchor Shelley Kirk Leaving WEHT After 23 Years

Longtime anchor Shelley Kirk announced yesterday that she is leaving Evansville’s WEHT at the end of this week.

Kirk, the station’s evening anchor, joined the ABC-affiliate in 1989. Her final appearance at the anchor desk will be the 6 p.m. newscast on Friday.

“I’ve known Shelley for 22 years, 18 of those years I’ve been honored to share the anchor desk with her,” co-anchor Brad Byrd said in a statement. “Shelley’s contribution not only to this station but to the Evansville TV market has been phenomenal.”

WEHT merged operations with WTVW in December. A number of on-air staffers at WEHT were eliminated as a result of the merger, but Kirk and Byrd were retained.

Kirk will join Fifth Third Bank in Evansville as marketing director.

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