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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.

KAKE Adds Weekend, Afternoon Newscasts

Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE has added two new newscasts, one on Sunday mornings and one at 4 p.m. on weekdays, to its lineup.

The Sunday morning newscast, which debuted yesterday, is anchored by Annette Lawless with meteorologist Blake Smith. The 4 p.m. newscast, anchored by Larry Hatteberg and Deb Farris, will debut this afternoon.

“The addition of these two local programs further demonstrates our commitment to local news,” KAKE general manager Dan Wall said in a statement.

The station is currently searching for a replacement for Jeff Herndon, who signed off from the anchor desk last week. Herndon is headed to WFLD in Chicago, where he will co-anchor the evening newscasts.

Kori Chambers Joins WPIX as Morning Co-Anchor

As expected, WPIX has named Kori Chambers morning co-anchor. Chambers will begin at Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, anchoring alongside Sukanya Krishnan weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m., on October 7.

“Kori is a terrific journalist, a great guy, and like many of us, a native New Yorker and the son of immigrants. He is the right fit for PIX11 Morning News and I can’t wait for viewers to see the dynamic between Kori and Suki,” WPIX vice president and news director Mark Effron said in a statement. “I’m confident their easy rapport will complement the newscast as they bring viewers everything they need to know each morning.”

Chambers moves to New York from Chicago, where he was the morning and noon anchor at Fox-owned WFLD. More in the official announcement from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Morning Anchor Kori Chambers Leaving WFLD

WFLD morning anchor Kori Chambers is leaving the Chicago Fox O&O, Chicago media reporter Robert Feder confirms. According to TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash, Chambers is expected to be named morning co-anchor at WPIX, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate in New York City.

Before joining WFLD in 2008, Chambers worked as an anchor and reporter at WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. According to his WFLD bio, he has also worked at stations in Las Vegas and Sprinfield, Mass.

Chambers is expected to co-anchor the WPIX morning newscast alongside Sukanya Krishnan after she returns from maternity leave next month, Barmash reports. A WFLD station source says Chambers wanted to return to his native New York.

>Update: a WFLD spokesperson confirms that a search is underway for Chambers’ replacement. His last day anchoring the 5 to 7 a.m. newscast and noon newscast will be September 11.

Changes at WFLD: Bob Sirott Signing Off, Jeff Herndon Named Evening Co-Anchor

After three years at WFLD, Bob Sirott (left) will sign off from the Chicago Fox O&O next month.

Sirott’s future with the station has been the subject of speculation since he was announced as the co-host of a daily radio show on WGN. His last day anchoring the 9 p.m. newscast alongside Robin Robinson will be September 5.

“Bob is a talented journalist who has brought dedication and passion to the station every day. We want to thank him for his tremendous contributions; he will always be a member of the FOX 32 family,” WFLD vice president and general manager Dennis Welsh wrote to TVSpy.

Taking over for Sirott will be Jeff Herndon (right), who will begin October 1 as Robinson’s co-anchor on the evening newscast. Herndon comes to Chicago after 12 years in Wichita, where he is the evening co-anchor at ABC affiliate KAKE. He has also worked at KTKA in Topeka.

“Jeff is an outstanding communicator and journalist with a proven track record of excellence. He is a leader and sought after journalist and we are excited to welcome him to this role at FOX 32,” WFLD vice president and news director Tom Doerr said in a statement.

More in the official announcement from Fox after the jump. Read more

Fox Names Brian Hannan Regional VP of Finance and Administration for WFLD, WJBK

Brian Hannan has been named regional vice president of finance and administration for the Fox owned stations in Chicago and Detroit.

It is a move within Fox for Hannan, who was most recently vice president of finance for WOFL-WRBW and WOGX, the company’s owned and operated stations in Orlando and Gainsville. In his new role, which is effective August 12, Hannan will oversee finance, strategic planning and business functions for WFLD-WPWR in Chicago and WJBK in Detroit.

“Brian has worked for FOX at a number of our television stations and our corporate division. His breadth of experience, hard work and drive to win make him the perfect candidate for this new position,” Betsy Swanson, executive vice president, chief financial officer and technical operations for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.

More from Fox in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

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