Donald comes to WFLD from Sunbeam Television Group in Miami, FL, where he was VP of Marketing and Creative Services.
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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
“I’m leaving the chair after nearly 30 years here at one station with the smartest most engaged audience anywhere and some of the best colleagues in what I consider not just a business, but a service, not making the news, but making it matter to you,” said Robinson during last night’s 9:00 p.m. newscast.
The longtime Chicago anchor is stepping down to work with Mike Flannery as host and primary correspondent on the newly launched series of reports “Chicago at the Tipping Point.”
Robinson began anchoring the evenings at WFLD in 1987 when the station launched its local news.
The Chicago Tribune reports Walker is following her husband who is moving out of town for a new job.
WFLD isn’t done re-making its morning show “Good Day Chicago.”
The Chicago FOX owned station has added MJ Witt as executive producer for the show.
Witt, who started her career in Chicago, has worked at WMAQ, WTTW and WLS. She has also been a producer on “Extra,” “Inside Edition,” and ABC’s “20/20.” She replaces Dominic Stasi who left for WGN last month.
In the last week, “Good Day Chicago” has added Jon Kelley from KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area, Melody Mendez from KDVR in Denver and feature reporter Jake Hamilton from KRIV in Houston. The station added Natalie Bomke also from KRIV as “Good Day” co-anchor in September.
Hamilton is staying in the FOX family. He comes from the Houston FOX owned station KRIV where he was an entertainment reporter.
Though TVSpy hears he won’t be doing the same sort of work he did in Houston, he seems to have pushed some buttons in Chicago already. After taking a look at Hamilton’s goodbye on KRIV, Chicago media writer Robert Feder asked, “Is it too late to send him back to Houston?”
The move is supposed to take place in December with McPherrin also reporting for the station’s 9:00 p.m. newscast.
WFLD has seen some recent changes to its morning show. Last week, Anna Davlantes announced she was leaving the station and a couple of days later a new morning team was announced with Melody Mendez joining the station from Denver’s KDVR and Jon Kelley coming from KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Robinson, who has anchored WFLD’s evening newscast since the station launched local news in 1987, will be the host and principal correspondent for the recently-launched “Chicago at the Tipping Point” series of reports. WFLD’s Mike Flannery will serve as the co-host of the series.
“I will miss interacting every weeknight with the wonderfully engaged and informed Chicago news audience, it has been an honor and privilege,” Robinson said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing and even expanding a tradition of reporting stories that explore the issues, challenges and solutions that strive to make a difference in our lives.”
News of Robinson’s new role comes after days of speculation about her future at the station. Her departure from the anchor desk was first reported by Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.
Replacing Robinson on the evening anchor desk will be Dawn Hasbrouck, who currently anchors the morning newscasts at WFLD alongside Corey McPherrin. Hasbrouck’s first day on the evening newscast will be November 28.
Hasbrouck and McPherrin will be replaced on “Good Day Chicago” by Melody Mendez and Jon Kelly, who are joining the station from Denver and San Francisco, respectively. Mendez comes from KDVR, where she is an anchor and reporter, and Kelly comes from KNTV, where he is co-anchor of the morning newscast. The pair will anchor alongside Natalie Bomke, who joined WFLD last month. Read more
The big story in Chicago today is former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who reported to federal prison in North Carolina Monday afternoon. In a strange twist, Jackson — who was four days early to start serving his 30 month sentence — was turned away from the prison yesterday before he was officially admitted this morning.
On Monday’s late newscasts, only WLS reporter Ben Bradley correctly reported that “a paperwork problem means he’s not technically in custody.” NBC owned WMAQ, Fox owned WFLD and CBS owned WBBM all reported Jackson had begun his sentence.
“He was given his sheets, he was given his clothes, he was searched, and he was forced to do a body cavity search, which is the most demeaning thing that could happen to an individual,” WBBM legal analyst Irv Miller told reporter Jay Levine (watch after the jump).
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