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Chief Meteorologist David Bernard Leaving WFOR

WFOR chief meteorologist David Bernard is leaving the Miami CBS O&O when his contract is up in November, a station spokesperson has confirmed to TVSpy.

The news was first reported by Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet, who says Bernard rejected a pay cut in the station’s contract proposal. He will officially sign off from the station after hurricane season in November. Bernard also serves as a the hurricane consultant for CBS News, appearing on “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and “CBS This Morning.”

Bernard’s departure caps eight years at WFOR. He has previously worked at WWL in New Orleans, KJRH in Tulsa, KVII in Amarillo, Texas and KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Bernard and WFOR both declined to comment.

Meteorologist Pamela Wright Joins WYFF

Pamela Wright is joining WYFF, Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., as the weekend morning meteorologist.

“Pamela rounds out a weather team that is second to none in our area,” news director Bruce Barkley said in a statement. “As a meteorologist, she brings experience covering hurricanes and severe weather. Pamela is also someone who knows the social media community in our region and she is anxious to interact with that audience, as well.”

Wright began her career at WCSC in Charleston, S.C. and has worked at WLUK in Green Bay, WFOR and WSVN in Miami and KCBS in Los Angeles. She was most recently vice president of media relations at Sensible City in Asheville, N.C.

Former WFOR Anchor Antonio Mora Joins Al Jazeera America

Former WFOR anchor Antonio Mora is joining Al Jazeera America to host a nightly current affairs talk show.

Mora left the Miami CBS O&O in December after his contract was not renewed. He has also previously worked at ABC News and WBBM, the CBS O&O in Chicago.

“I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that’s committed to in-depth coverage of stories important to all Americans,” Mora said in a statement. “I’m truly looking forward to tackling important issues with our guests and bringing forth the voices of everyday Americans affected by the topics we’ll discuss on the show.”

TVNewser has more details on the hire.

July 16 Declared Al Sunshine Day in Miami

To celebrate Al Sunshine‘s retirement after 40 years on the air in Miami, July 16, 2013 was declared Al Sunshine Day (video above).

“After 40 years on the air in Miami-Dade County, it is only fitting that Al Sunshine be honored for changing lives, affecting our community, and highlighting our society through his informative news stories and exceptional journalistic prowess,” a proclamation from the Miami mayor’s office reads.

Sunshine signed off from CBS O&O WFOR earlier this month. He has also worked at WTVJ and in CNN’s Miami Bureau.

WFOR’s Al Sunshine Announces Retirement

Al Sunshine has announced his retirement from WFOR.

The investigative reporter for the CBS owned Miami station who celebrated 40 years in broadcasting last year, told TVSPy in an email, “After some 25 years at WCIX/WFOR CBS TV in Miami, I decided to retire. CBS offered me an opportunity to continue reporting here, but were unable to agree on the terms.”

Sunshine started his carer at WTVJ in 1972 when it was the CBS affiliate. He’s also worked at CNN as the acting Miami Bureau Chief and the Dade County Manager’s office.  During his career, Sunshine covered the Miami-based Watergate burglars, the Mariel Boat Lift and the Challenger disaster. He started working at WFOR in 1988 when its call letters were WCIX. Read more

Tom Doerr Named News Director at WFLD

Tom Doerr has been named vice president and news director at WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago.

“Tom has a fresh approach to local news and an ability to recognize meaningful stories within a community. He is an exceptional leader, with a natural news instinct and a proven track record of success and we are excited to welcome him to our station,” WFLD VP-GM Dennis Welsh said in a statement.

Doerr comes from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he has been vice president and news director since 2009. Before that, he spent three years as vice president and station manager of WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami.

“There is no news town quite like Chicago; there is always something vibrant and exciting happening in this city.  I look forward to leading the talented team of committed journalists at FOX 32 in providing interesting and valuable news to viewers,” Doerr said.

Doerr replaces Phyllis Schwartz, who left WFLD in December.

WTVJ Shuffles Anchors: Jawan Strader to Weekdays, Keith Jones to Weekends

WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in South Florida, is shuffling weekend and weekday anchors.

Beginning today, Jawan Strader (left) replaces Keith Jones (right) as co-anchor of the weekday morning newscast. Strader joined WTVJ in August after a decade at rival WFOR, where he was also the morning anchor. At WTVJ, Strader will join Pam Giganti at the anchor desk.

Jones will shift to weekends, where he will take Strader’s place anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on Saturday and Sunday. Jones was hired in June from WTSP in Tampa.

The online bios for Strader and Jones were updated Friday evening to reflect the new assignments. [h/t NewsBlues]

Longtime WFOR Web Producer Dies at 57

Dave Game, a longtime employee of Miami’s WFOR, died Tuesday after a long illness, according to the CBS O&O. He was 57.

Game joined WFOR in 1985. During his time at the station, he served as a general assignment reporter, investigative reporter and investigative producer. In 1995, he became senior producer of special projects and helped to create WFOR’s website, one of the first broadcast websites in South Florida, according to the station.

In 2005 Game became the executive producer of digital media for CBS stations in South Florida, supervising a staff of six. Since 2008, Game has been president of the Suncoast chapter of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

WFOR Still Talking About Last Year’s BCS Championship Game

Miami’s CBS owned station WFOR put up the wrong graphic for its 6 p.m. report about preparations for next week’s BCS Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama. The graphic on the big monitor behind anchors Shannon Hori and Josh Benson showed last year’s matchup between LSU and Alabama.

This year’s BCS National Championship Game will be played Monday in Miami.

[SFLTV]

Veteran News Director Paul Stueber Dies

Paul Stueber, a local television veteran who has worked as news director at stations across the country, died December 25 after a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Stueber was a former news director at WBRE and WNEP in Scranton, WEWS in Cleveland, WCIX (now WFOR) in Miami, KWTV in Oklahoma City, WMAR in Baltimore and WEEK in Peoria.

“Paul was the leader in many newsrooms during his time. He paved the way for many broadcast journalists to be successful in the television news business,” a memorial post on WNEP’s Facebook page reads. “He could be tough to deal with times … but he did make us all better at what we do.”

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