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Robin Robinson Makes Last Appearance on WFLD Tonight

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After 27 years, Robin Robinson will make her final appearance on Chicago’s Fox station, WFLD, tonight. Robinson stepped down as co-anchor of the station’s 9 p.m. newscast last fall.

According to Robert Feder, Robinson’s sendoff has been strictly low–or no–key. “Colleagues said Robinson cleaned out her office Sunday. No send-off for her has been announced or planned.”

Robinson is a Chicago native who worked at WBBM before joining WFLD when the station launched its news operation in 1987.

Here’s Robinson’s farewell from the anchor desk last November:

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Glenn Berk Named GSM of WFLD

wfld32Chicago FOX owned station WFLD has named Glenn Berk VP and general sales manager.

“Glenn has proven himself to be a strong sales leader with a proven track record of delivering results,” said WFLD VP and GM Dennis Welsh. “His breadth of experience along with his strategic and motivational approach make him the ideal choice to guide our sales team to the next level of success.”

Berk will oversee “all station sales initiatives” for WFLD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WPWR.

Berk comes to WFLD from WHBQ, the FOX owned station in Memphis, TN. He has also worked as national sales manager at FOX’s WTXF in Philadelphia and as an account executive at FOX Stations Sales in New York.

WFLD Adds Alexa Helms as Weekend Anchor

helmsAlexa Helms will be joining WFLD as a weekend anchor.

Robert Feder, who first reported the news, writes Helms was once an intern at the Chicago FOX owned station and will be taking the spot vacated by Amara Walker in December.

Helms last worked as a reporter at WSVN in Miami. She has also worked at KTSM-KDBC in El Paso, TX.

WGN News Director Greg Caputo Set to Retire

wgn-logoLongtime WGN news director Greg Caputo will retire from the Chicago CW affiliate next month, The Chicago Tribune reports:

Caputo, who has headed up the Tribune Co. station’s news operation since 2002, told staffers Monday he is stepping down at the end of June. … “Being a part of WGN was a goal for me for years,” Caputo said.  “Being here for the last 11 years has been even better than I thought it would be.”

No successor has been named, according to executives.

Before WGN, Caputo worked at WLVI in Boston and WFLD in Chicago.

Almost Five Months After Joining WFLD, Morning Executive Producer Reportedly Out

wfld_304TVSpy is hearing from sources MJ Witt, executive producer for WFLD‘s “Good Day Chicago,” is out after nearly five months.

Witt started at the Chicago FOX owned station in November. At that time,”Good Day Chicago” was getting two new anchors (Jon Kelley and Melody Mendez)and an entertainment reporter (Jake Hamilton).

She started her career in Chicago, working for WMAQ, WTTW and WLS.  She has also been a producer on “Extra,” “Inside Edition,” and ABC’s “20/20.”

Jill Manuel Named Assistant ND at WFLD

manuel_wewsJill Manuel has been named assistant news director for WFLD, the Fox-owned station in Chicago. Her appointment is effective April 15.

Manuel joins WFLD from WEWS in Cleveland, where she has been the news director since 2008. Manuel previously worked at CLTV and WBBM in Chicago. She has also worked as a senior producer for Fox News in Washington, D.C. and New York.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Chicago to work with the FOX 32 news team. I look forward to collaborating with them to produce quality journalism and tell stories that impact our audience on broadcast and digital platforms,” Manuel said in a statement.

“Jill is a seasoned news professional and leader, with a tremendous passion for storytelling and journalism. We look forward to her contributions to FOX 32,” news director Tom Doerr said.

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Former WFLD Anchor Amara Walker Joins CNN International

walker_wfld_croppedFormer WFLD anchor Amara Walker is joining CNN International, Chicago media reporter Robert Feder reports.

Walker signed off from WFLD, the Fox-owned station in Chicago, in December. During her year and a half there, she anchored the weekend evening newscasts and reported during the week. Before that, she worked at WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in Miami.

Walker left WFLD to move to Atlanta for her husband’s job. She has been working for CNNI and CNN U.S. on a freelance basis for the past several months.

WFLD Gets New Creative Director

wfld32Steve Donald has been named VP Creative Services for Chicago FOX owned station WFLD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WPWR.

Donald comes to WFLD from Sunbeam Television Group in Miami, FL, where he was VP of Marketing and Creative Services.

As part of his role with Sunbeam, Donald oversaw the Creative Services department for WSVN in Miami. He has also worked at WHDH in Boston and WDEF in Chattanooga, TN.

WFLD Assistant News Director Reportedly Heading to Al Jazeera America

wfld32TVSpy is hearing Chris Myers assistant news director for WFLD is leaving the Chicago FOX owned station for Al Jazeera America in Los Angeles.

Myers came to WFLD nearly two years ago. At the time, he was a senior consultant at rumorfix.com.

He has also worked at WMAQ and WLS in Chicago. Before coming to the Windy City, Myers was assistant news director at KNBC and has worked as a producer for “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider.”

Questions Raised About Ethics of WFLD Contributor

wfld_tiffanySusanna Negovan, the Chicago Sun-Times editor of Splash who appears on FOX owned station WFLD‘s “Good Day Chicago,” is being called out by Chicago media writer Robert Feder.

On last Monday’s “Good Day” while reporting about a party put on by Tiffany & Co., Negovan told viewers about a crystal vase and a Tiffany book she was given by the high end jeweler before she attended the party.

Feder quotes one WFLD staffer as saying,

“You do a commercial for Tiffany and then show the free gifts you received at the end?” Calling it “a blatant ethical lapse no one else at any real news station would tolerate,”

Negovan also said her husband, WGN reporter Tom Negovan, attended the party. There was no word whether he received any gifts. “We probably each had about a thousand dollars in wine and champagne,” Negovan told viewers. Read more

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