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WCVB, WBIR Win Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

murrows 2014Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR are the winners of this year’s Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence, the RTDNA announced today.

Related, TVNewser: CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category. Both stations will be presented with their awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this fall.

WTVR in Richmond won three Murrows. KARE in Minneapolis, WFAA in Dallas and WVUE in New Orleans each won two. KOKI, WMBD, WJLA, WVIR, WCPO, KETV, WGRZKCET, KING, WSBT, WXIA, KJRH, WJXT, UNM PantherVision and Oregon Public Broadcasting each won one.

See the full list of winners on the RTDNA’s website.

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Dallas HS Basketball Coach Fired After Threatening Reporter

A Dallas High School Basketball coach has been fired after sending threatening tweets to WFAA reporter Brett Shipp.

According to the Dallas ABC affiliate, Shipp uncovered a recruiting scandal that included several Dallas coaches and administrators who were then fired. Two of those fired were relatives of Dallas Kimball coach Royce “Snoop” Johnson. Johnson, then went after Shipp on twitter.

“You went at me which is cool, but when you go after my family [sic] lights out!” Snoop Johnson tweeted Friday evening hours after news broke of the mass firings. “Now I’m coming for you. I fear none of you.”

In another tweet, Royce Johnson posted: “Let’s go! I’m not waiting for you to come for me. I’m coming.” Read more

WFAA Makes Fill-In Co-Anchor Permanent, Moves Carla Wade to Weekend Mornings

wade_conomosAlexa Conomos (pictured right) is now the full time co-anchor for News 8 Daybreak on WFAA.

Conomos has been filling in on the Dallas ABC affiliate’s morning show for Cynthia Izaguirre who moved to evenings earlier this year.

“Alexa is a parent and relates to so many of our viewers trying to get children up, and out the door every morning,” executive news director Carolyn Mungo said in a statement. “Her concerns are their concerns, and she brings a special warmth to the broadcast.”

Conomos has worked at WFAA for 12 years. She started as a traffic reporter after working at Texas Cable News and KMIR in Palm Springs, CA.

The station also announced that Carla Wade will move from anchoring Sunday nights to weekend mornings while contuing to report.

Shon Gables Leaves Dallas ABC Affiliate

Shon-Gables-2012WFAA anchor and reporter Shon Gables is no longer with the Dallas ABC affiliate.

The move was confirmed by WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo. Gables wrote on her facebook page, “#ThanksDallas I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Gables, who started at WFAA in 2010, began her career at KWCH in Wichita, KS. She has also worked at KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK, WDIV in Detroit and WCBS in New York.

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Reporter for Houston ABC Station Heads to Dallas ABC Affiliate

fernandez facebookDemond Fernadez is leaving Houston ABC owned station KTRK to work as a reporter at Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

“I’ve enjoyed three awesome years in Houston,” Fernandez told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff who first reported the move. “I’d like to thank the ABC 13 viewers, neighbors and community members across the area who trusted me to help tell their stories. I’m very excited about this new journey in my career.”

Fernandez started at KTRK in May 2011. He has also worked at WOAI in San Antonio, WEYI in Flint, MI, and WSYM in Lansing, MI.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy Fernandez will start June 23.

Mike Landess to Retire From Denver’s KMGH

mike landessAfter 50 years in broadcasting, Mike Landess has announced his retirement from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. He will officially sign off as the station’s primary anchor later this year.

“7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility.”

Landess has anchored KMGH’s evening newscasts since 2002. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WXIA in Atlanta, WTTG in Washington, D.C., WFAA in Dallas and WKYC in Cleveland.

“The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country,” KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy said.

WFAA Partners With Fort Worth Star-Telegram

WFAAlogoDallas ABC affiliate WFAA has entered into a content partnership with the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, the two companies announced today.

“We’ve been admirers of WFAA’s news operation for decades,” Jim Witt, the executive editor of the Star-Telegram, said in a statement. “The opportunity to be partners with the station long recognized as being the best in the market is exciting for us.”

“The Star-Telegram is the dominant print and digital news provider in Tarrant County with a deep legacy in Fort Worth,” WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the many professionals at the paper.”

Boy Surprises Anchor Who Helped Him Find Adoptive Home


WFAA anchor Gloria Campos got a big surprise a few days before her retirement.

Ke’onte Cook, a boy who Campos twice featured on her Wednesday’s Child segment, showed up to surprise her and say thanks.

“I want to say to her thank you so much, because you’ve made my life worthwhile and you’ve helped me become the person that I am right now,” Cook told WFAA. “I probably would have been worse off had you not helped me out.” Read more

Christopher Berg Joins Nexstar Broadcasting

nexstar logoChristopher Berg is joining Nexstar Broadcasting as the Director of Local Content Development — West. Berg will begin March 20 and report to Nexstar’s senior vice president for station operations Blake Russell.

Berg joins Nexstar from WFAA in Dallas, where he was the assistant news director. In his new role, he will work with Nexstar’s stations west of the Mississippi river to create local content for both on-air and digital platforms.

“His extensive broadcast industry knowledge and track record of showcasing innovative local content makes Chris the ideal candidate to support our company-wide initiative to expand our creation and development of original local content that can be shared on a regional or group-wide level,” Russell said in a statement.

With Berg’s hire, Jerry Walsh — who currently holds the role of director of local content development for all Nexstar’s stations — will shift his oversight to the Nexstar stations east of the Mississippi.

WFAA Anchor Gloria Campos to Retire


WFAA veteran anchor Gloria Campos has announced she will retire after nearly 30 years at the Dallas-Forth Worth ABC affiliate.

Along with Campos’ retirement, the station named Cynthia Izaguirre as Campos’ replacement on the 10:00 p.m. news when Campos retires in March. Izaguirre will also anchor at 5:00 p.m.

Campos started her career ar KGBT in Harlingen, TX. She began working at WFAA in 1984 as the station’s first Latino anchor. In 2012, she reduced her hours to only anchoring at 10:00 p.m. so she could focus more time on her family.

Her last broadcast will be Friday, March 7.

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