Although Harris has spent the last six years as the news director at KMGH Channel 7 in Denver, he’s hardly a stranger to Northeast Ohio. A Cleveland native, he is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School and Cleveland State University.
His wife, Cecille, also is from Cleveland. They have two children.
KMGH, like WEWS, is an ABC affiliate station owned by the E.W. Scripps Company. Harris led the Denver newsroom to several honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Columbia-DuPont Award and local Emmys.
Harris is moving from the No. 17 television market to No. 19. According to Nielsen, the Denver area has 1.57 million TV homes. The Cleveland market has 1.48 million.
“This is all things coming together at the same time,” Harris said in a statement released Friday by Channel 5. “I’m excited and grateful to return to Cleveland. It’s a great opportunity for me personally and a perfect match for the company.” Read more
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“This is all things coming together at the same time,” Harris told The Post. “It’s a great opportunity for me personally and a perfect match for the company. Everything is aligned. It is incredibly bittersweet because of the affection I have for Denver.”
Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS discovered someone had put a camera in one of its bathrooms without management’s permission.
WEWS issued a statement saying the camera had been placed there by an employee who was trying to catch someone who had been defacing the bathroom. WEWS added, “this was an ill-conceived and inappropriate response to catching a vandal.”
The station said “The camera was removed immediately when management learned it was there. All of the camera’s recordings have been destroyed, and we have taken the appropriate disciplinary action.” Read the entire statement after the jump.
E.W. Scripps says it’s “redefining the afternoon news” with a show called The NOW.
The show will debut on Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB starting today at 4:00 p.m.. The station group said it covers what’s trending on social media and “invites the audience to join the conversation across traditional and digital media platforms” and is not a newscast.
“I believe The NOW will set the pace for the type of programming that audiences on multiple platforms crave,” Brian Lawlor, SVP of Scripps television, said in a statement. “These audiences want to know what’s happening right now, give their own take on those events, and share their thoughts with their own social media networks.”
Looks like Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO will have to make good on the offer to rename its sports studio after LeBron James: the NBA star announced today that will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season after four years with the Miami Heat.
WOIO reported the news at 12:25 p.m., just after James’ announcement was posted to SI.com. “Like the rest of, I guess greater Cleveland or maybe even the country, the newsroom is abuzz right now,” Paul Orlousky said. The station remained in coverage through the 1 p.m. hour.
ABC affiliate WEWS reported the news at 12:26 p.m., with Leon Bibb reading James’ essay on the air. “I’m reporting this as I’m learning it. I am learning it right along with you. ‘I’m coming home,’ says LeBron James,” Bibb said. The station remained on the air until 1:30 p.m. and is planning expanded evening newscasts tonight.
WJW also reported the news at 12:26 p.m. “He had the option of staying with the old guard in Miami or coming to the new team, the new young superstar team here in Cleveland,” Gabe Spiegel said. The Fox affiliate stayed with the news until 1 p.m.
“This is now the victory that the Cavaliers have been looking for … this is a great situation for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” John Anderson said on NBC affiliate WKYC shortly after he reported the news at 12:26 p.m. WKYC also remained on the air through the 1 p.m. hour.
According to WEWS, the “erroneously posted” report claimed Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J truck stops and majority owner of the Cleveland Browns, had been indicted “related to an ongoing FBI investigation into alleged fuel rebate fraud.”
Cleveland.com said Haslam hasn’t been charged with anything.
WEWS said it’s looking into how the report got posted.
Sam Rosenwasser, WEWS VP and GM, confirmed with TVSpy Manuel no longer works at the station.
“After more than two years at WEWS, it’s with a heavy heart that I’m sharing with you that my last day at the station will be March 7th,” Dunston wrote on his facebook page. “I want to thank the Northeast Ohio community for their kind words and support. See ya at the next Cavs game!”
Dunston started working at WEWS in 2011. According to his station bio, he has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, FL, The Washington Post and stations in Houston, Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Dayton, OH.
Yesterday, during the 5:00 p.m. newscast on the holiday celebrating the civil rights leader, Bibb reported on-air about the MLK breakfast in Cleveland, but also wrote a piece on the station website talking about King’s legacy.
Even though Dr. King was felled by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 39 in 1968, his voice and his words still ring loudly. They are not only played on television and radio, they resonate in the hearts of generations of people who struggled to be part of the American fabric in every way. I am one of those who is a product of the Movement. Had it not been for it and Martin Luther King, I would not be the news anchorman I have become. Many millions of blacks, and Asian, and Native Americans, and women, and scores of other ethnic groups would not enjoy the liberties they currently enjoy.
Bibb also told viewers, “Martin Luther King and the movement lifted black people, not only blacks but everyone. America was lifter to a higher level. For those of us who grew out of the accomplishments of the movement we revisit the movement and the man, every moment of every day.”
Click here to read his entire piece.
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