Brooks’ last day will be Friday. She is leaving to become the regional sales director for an insurance company. “I decided a year ago that it was time to do something totally different,” Brooks said. “I chose fame over fortune (in the TV gig), now I’m choosing fortune over fame.”
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John Hambrick, a veteran local news anchor, died Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 73.
Hambrick was the primary anchor at WTVJ in Miami from 1985 to 1989. He would later join rival WCIX (now WFOR). Before moving to South Florida, he worked at local stations around the country including WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati.
“John was a legend in this community,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan told the Miami Herald. “He set a standard that all of us in the local television industry strive to meet, simply because it makes us all better at what we do. John was larger than life — not surprising because he was a fellow Texan — but also due to his authoritative delivery and his commanding presence.”
One month after he was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing three women in Cleveland, Ariel Castro was found dead by apparent suicide in his prison cell Tuesday night.
CBS affiliate WOIO was the first station to report the news and the only station to break in to overnight programming with more than a brief special report. Romona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored from 12:03 a.m. to 2:28 a.m., with Dan DeRoos reporting from the newsroom and Tiffani Tucker outside the home where Castro kept the three women for more than ten years.
“We had gotten a tip that this had perhaps happened, that Ariel Castro had hung himself. My first move was to call the Correctional Reception Center in Orient,” DeRoos said.
LeBron James has won two NBA titles since he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010, and people in Cleveland have apparently still not forgiven him for it. After the close of Game 7 Thursday night, WEWS chief meteorologist Mark Johnson pledged to do his entire forecast without using the word “heat” as a “public service” (video above).
Johnson ran through “sultriness,” “fieriness,” “sweltering,” and “sizzly” as substitutes before eventually running out of words. [h/t Deadspin]
“Jeff brings us a solid combination of experience in news production and digital broadcast operations. He’s been a successful news photographer, director, operations manager and director of engineering – all in major markets. We look forward to having him oversee our facilities and operations,” KPIX-KBCW president and general manager Bruno Cohen said in a statement.
Jeandheur comes from KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, where he was the director of engineering and production. During his 17 years at the station, he also worked as manager of news operations and manager of production and special projects. He has also worked at WFSB in Hartford, WMTW in Portland and WEWS in Cleveland.
WEWS, the Cleveland ABC affiliate that first interviewed Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who helped rescue the kidnapped Cleveland women, is apologizing to viewers for reporting on Ramsey’s criminal past.
TO OUR READERS & FOLLOWERS: We heard you. Wednesday night, we made a poor judgment call in posting a story about Charles Ramsey’s criminal record and how he’s since reformed. While the story was factually sound, the timing of it and publication of such information was not in good taste, and we regret it. Your comments prompted us to quickly remove the story from our website and Facebook page, but we know we can’t erase what we’ve already done. Ramsey is a hero for his actions, and we recognize that. Thank you so much for your feedback.
The station posted the apology on its Facebook page. As of this writing,
54,278 1,866 people had liked the post. But one commenter replied,
You realize that by posting this you’re basically telling all of Facebook that Charles Ramsey has a criminal background – Again.
Harris joined WVIT in March as vice president of sales. Prior to that, he spent two years at Accenture, where he was manager of communications, media and technology. From 2005-07, he was EVP and general manager of digital media and strategic marketing for the NBC-owned stations. Prior to that, he was VP-GM of WEWS in Cleveland.
“Ric Harris loves the local TV business and is committed to becoming a strong part of the communities in Connecticut we serve. He already knows what a great group of people we have at our station in Hartford, and as Vice President of Sales, has become an important addition to that team,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Stations, said in a statement. Read more
That interview with the man who helped free the first Cleveland kidnap victim has been making the social media rounds and has already been autotuned a few times. So it was only a matter of time until Taiwanese animation house Next Media Animation gave it their own special treatment. Watch and learn.
Three Ohio women who went missing between 2000 and 2004 were found at a house in Cleveland Monday evening, prompting local stations to devote primetime programming to the breaking news.
WOIO‘s Ed Gallek was the first to report the news during the 6 p.m. newscast, at 6:23 p.m. Ramona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored coverage for the CBS affiliate, which partially preempted “Evening News with Scott Pelley” for local coverage. Tiffany Tucker reported from the scene for WOIO.
NBC affiliate WKYC and Fox affiliate WJW both reported the news during their respective 7 p.m. newscasts. Robin Swoboda and Jim Donovan anchored on WKYC, which was first at 7 p.m. sharp, and Bill Martin anchored for WJW, which was next at 7:07 p.m.
- Related, TVNewser: ‘The Race Is On’ to Book Rescued Cleveland Women
ABC affiliate WEWS broke into “Let’s Ask America” with the news at 7:18 p.m. Chris Flanagan anchored, with Stephanie Ramirez and John Kosich, who nabbed one of the notable interviews of the night, reporting from the scene.