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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

After 26 Years Robin Robinson Says Goodbye to WFLD Anchor Chair

After 26 years as anchor at WFLD, Robin Robinson said goodbye to the chair last night at the Chicago FOX owned station.

“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.

Amara Walker Leaving Chicago’s WFLD

walker_wfld_croppedAmara Walker is leaving Chicago FOX owned station WFLD, a FOX spokesperson has confirmed with TVSpy.

The Chicago Tribune reports Walker is following her husband who is moving out of town for a new job.

Walker started anchoring for WFLD in October 2012. She came to Chicago from WTVJ in Miami and started her career at KMIR in Palm Springs, CA.

WFLD’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ Gets New EP

wfld32WFLD 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.

[Chicago Tribune]

Jake Hamilton Joins ‘Good Day Chicago’ from FOX’s Houston Station

WFLD has added another piece to its newly reworked “Good Day Chicago” puzzle. Jake Hamilton is joining the FOX owned Chicago station’s morning show as a feature reporter.

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?”

WFLD Moving Corey McPherrin to Noon News

mcpherrinTVSpy has learned Corey McPherrin will be moving from anchor of “Good Day Chicago” to solo anchor of the Noon show for Chicago FOX owned station WFLD.

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.

Dawn Hasbrouk will also move form the Noon news to anchoring the 9:00 p.m. news with Jeff Herndon.

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