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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.

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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.

Changes at Chicago’s WFLD as Veteran Anchor Robin Robinson Shifts Into New Role

 

WFLD evening anchor Robin Robinson is shifting into a new role at the Chicago Fox O&O, setting off a domino effect of changes to the station’s morning and evening newscasts.

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

Confusion on Chicago Stations as Jesse Jackson Jr. is Turned Away From Prison

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).

The stations walked back the accounts of Jackson’s surrender on the morning newscasts this morning, after The Chicago Tribune reported that prison officials said he was not in custody. Read more

Anna Davlantes Leaving Chicago FOX Station

daviantes_cropped“Good Day Chicago” anchor Anna Davlantes is leaving the Chicago FOX owned station WFLD.

“I’ve decided to leave FOX after four years,” Davlantes said in a statement. “I’m grateful to management for the opportunities I’ve had at the station and will have an announcement about my new position very soon.”

Davlantes came to WFLD from NBC owned WMAQ in Chicago. She’s also worked at KRIV in Houston.

“Anna’s a long-standing member of the Chicago journalism community and has made significant contributions to our station,” said WFLD vice president and general manager Dennis Welsh. “It’s been a pleasure to have her on our team and I’d like to wish her every success in her new position.”

Her last day on-air will be Friday, November 8.

Natalie Bomke Joins WFLD as Co-Anchor of ‘Good Day Chicago’

Natalie Bomke is joining WFLD, the Fox owned station in Chicago, as co-anchor of the morning newscast. Bomke replaces Kori Chambers, who recently left WFLD to join WPIX in New York City.

It is a move within Fox for Bomke, who has been the morning anchor at KRIV in Houston for the past three years. Prior to that, she worked at KTXL in Sacramento and WICD in Champaign, Ill. She began her career as a general assignment reporter at WICS in her hometown of Springfield, Ill.

News of Bomke’s hire was first reported by FTVLive.

A station spokesperson said Bomke’s first day will be September 30. She will anchor “Good Day Chicago” from 5 to 7 a.m. alongside Dawn Hasbrouck.

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