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Matt Horn Joins Capitol News Service

Matt Horn begins today at Capitol News Service, where he will cover political news for ten local stations in Florida.

Horn comes from Wichita, where he was Salina bureau chief and general assignment reporter at KSNW. In his new role, he will be based in Tallahassee.

Capitol News Service provides political reporting to several national outlets, as well as WFLA in Tampa, WTVJ in Miami, WFTV in Orlando, WINK in Fort Myers, WPTV in West Palm Beach, WCJB in Gainesville, WCTV in Tallahassee, WJHG in Panama City, WEAR in Pensacola and WJXT in Jacksonville.

Orlando’s WKMG Hires Son of Rival News Anchor as Reporter

WKMG, the Orlando CBS affiliate, has hired Justin Warmoth as a reporter and mobile journalist.

The last name may sound familiar to Orlando viewers. Justin’s father, Greg Warmoth is the anchor for Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.

The elder Warmoth, Greg, told the Orlando Sentinel with his fatherly coaching, his son is a natural. “I’ve told him, ‘You’re so much better than I was in terms of his voice, look and confidence,” Greg said. “He played in four straight college world series. He doesn’t get nervous.” Read more

Drew Petrimoulx Out at WFTV

Drew Petrimoulx is out at Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The Sentinel said Petrimoulx told them he “had several opportunities in the works and didn’t want to discuss his next move until it’s finalized.”

Petrimoulx began working full-time for WFTV in 2011 after reporting part time for the TV station in addition to working for Orlando radio station WDBO.

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.

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