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For Reporters, What Love Brings Together, Affiliation Keeps Apart

Anthony DiLorenzo‘s move to Orlando’s ABC affiliate WFTV as a general assignment reporter brings him closer to his fiancee, Kala Rama. But they won’t get too close. Rama is a reporter at the rival CBS affiliate WKMG.

“Kala and I have been working hard on getting into the same city for two years,” DiLorenzo told the Orlando Sentinel. We got engaged this past September, so we’re thrilled to finally be able to work together in Orlando — even though we’re friendly competitors now.”

“Anthony often vacations in Florida and knows this news market well,” Rama told the Sentinel. “He is ambitious and aggressive, so he will fit in well. I am so excited to finally be living in the same city as my best friend.”

DiLorenzo, who has been working for the Hartford, CT FOX affiliate since 2010 as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor, starts at WFTV on Wednesday January 2.

WFTV Hires George Waldenberger as Weekend Meteorologist

George Waldenberger will join Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV as the weekend meteorologist beginning January 16.

Waldenberger comes to Orlando from Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB.

WFTV news director Matt Parcell told the Orlando Sentinel, “He’s exceptionally bright with excellent forecasting skills.”

Waldenberger previously worked for KMEG in Sioux City, IA, and KJRH in Tulsa.

VIDEO: Former WFTV Reporter Gustavo Almodovar Finds Fame Again in 38 Seconds

Former WFTV reporter Gustavo Almodovar is back in the limelight after leaving the industry four years ago.  His enduring legacy?  The way he says his name in his sign off.

According to Yahoo! News, the video above was originally uploaded to youtube when Almodovar left the Orlando ABC affiliate in 2008.  Yahoo! spoke to the former reporter after the clip found life again on reddit.com last week.

“I’m not so sure it’s worthy of the attention it has received,” Almodovar, 46, now a marketing brand manager at Florida Hospital in Orlando, told Yahoo News on Monday. “Aside from friends and a few co-workers teasing me about the video, life has been quite ordinary. It’s like bubble gum. People will chew it for a little while, toss it and move on.”

As of this writing, the clip had nearly 736,000 views.

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Casey Anthony’s Lawyer Wants to Depose WESH and WFTV Reporters

Charles Greene, the attorney for Casey Anthony, has filed notice he wants to depose Kathi Belich, a reporter for the Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, and Michelle Meredith, a reporter for the Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, in a defamation suit against Anthony.

Anthony is being sued for defamation by Zenaida Gonzalez who claims her reputation was ruined when Anthony blamed the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee, on a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez. Read more

Daralene Jones Will Join WCAU From WFTV

Daralene Jones is joining WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia, in January.

“Daralene is an engaging and dynamic reporter,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in a statement. “She’ll be an important part of our daily mission to deliver the best breaking news stories and information to our viewers.”

Jones will move to Philadelphia from Orlando, where she has been a general assignment reporter for ABC affiliate WFTV since 2007. She has also worked at WREG in Memphis, WCIA in Champaign and WICS in Springfield.

WFTV’s Brian Monahan Heading to Seattle’s KIRO

Brian Monahan, meteorologist for Orlando’s ABC affiliate WFTV, will join the Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO as weekday morning meteorologist, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Sentinel reports Monahan was lured away by former WFTV news director Bob Jordan who was named news director for KIRO in July.

“I consider Bob a great mentor and friend,” Monahan told the Sentinel. “It was truly a pleasure working for him for a couple of years here and, let’s be honest, when Bob comes calling and says, ‘I want you to come work in Seattle,’ it’s hard to say no! I’m excited to be a part of his new team in Seattle.”

Both KIRO and WFTV are owned by the Cox Media Group. Read more

Cynthia Vega Says Goodbye to Television

Cynthia Vega, who signed off last month from WFAA in Dallas, is making a career change.

Vega has joined the public affairs department at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where she will work as manager of media relations. In a statement announcing the hire, DFW Airport vice president of public affairs Mary Jo Polidore said Vega “brings a wealth of outstanding and relevant experience to the Airport.”

Vega spent 12 years as a reporter for WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas. Prior to that, she worked at WHDH in Boston, WFTV in Orlando and KTSM in El Paso.

Lisa Blegen Named Managing Editor at WFTV

There is a new managing editor at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Lisa Blegen will join the station from KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Blegen steps into the role formerly held by Matt Parcell, who was promoted to news director at the station last month. At KTVT, Blegen was the executive producer of investigations and special projects.

“We are extremely excited to bring in someone with Lisa’s great investigative and hard news experience,” Parcell said.

The move is a return to Florida for Blegen, who spent 13 years as an investigative and executive producer at WTVT in Tampa before moving to Dallas in 2010.

Josh Benson Joins WFOR as Morning Co-Anchor

Josh Benson is joining WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami, as c0-anchor of the morning newscast.

Benson comes from WFTV, the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, where he spent two years as the station’s evening anchor. At WFOR, he will co-anchor from 5 to 7 a.m. alongside Rhiannon Ally. His first day will be August 27.

“We are very excited to introduce Josh Benson to our viewers,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said in a statement announcing the hire. “His on-air presence, energy, and journalism skills will make him a great addition to our morning team.”

Matt Parcell Promoted to News Director at WFTV

Matt Parcell is stepping into the news director role at Orlando ABC-affiliate WFTV, the station announced today.

Parcell, who has been WFTV’s managing editor for four years, takes over for his mentor, Bob Jordan, who becomes news director at KIRO in Seattle this month.

“It’s not often you get handed the keys to a high performance machine such as the Eyewitness News newsroom,”  Parcell said in a statement. “We have a fantastic team of dedicated journalists and I couldn’t be more proud or more humbled to be entrusted to lead this operation.”

Parcell joined WFTV in 1997. Before becoming managing editor, he managed the station’s Special Projects department, which includes WFTV’s investigative and consumer reporting units.  Read more

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