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WHO Creates Fake Political Ad Attacking Its Own Anchor

Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO knows how much viewers hate all the political ads taking up precious air time around the country. So the station decided to have a little fun and created its own spoof ad against anchor Dan Winters.

The ad is pretty funny, with lines like “He wants you to think he’s a credible newsman… but his behavior is incredible” and “He turns the news into a one-man comedy routine” and worst of all, “He questions the forecast!” It seems like viewers get the joke, as most of the comments on the Facebook post are positive. Hopefully Winters himself can have a good laugh about it, too…

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Des Moines Reporter Pleads Guilty to OWI

heitshusen OWISonya Heitshusen, reporter and anchor for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, has pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, The Des Moines Register reports.

She originally entered a plea of not-guilty to the charge. Heitshusen was arrested in June. That same weekend, another reporter for the NBC affiliate, Erik Wheater, was also arrested for OWI.

Heitshusen, 47, of Des Moines, was pulled over near downtown Des Moines’ entertainment district around 1 a.m. driving the wrong way down a street, authorities said. Police said she at first refused to exit her vehicle, then had trouble balancing and refused any field sobriety or breath tests. Read more

Two WHO Reporters Arrested for DUI

sonya heitshusen mug shotTwo WHO reporters– Sonya Heitshusen and Erik Wheater — were arrested for driving while intoxicated over the weekend, the Des Moines Register reports.

Wheater was arrested Friday after police pulled him over because his car did not have a front license plate. He was “unsteady on his feet and fumbled looking for his license, registration and insurance,” according to the Register. A preliminary test found him to have a .125 percent blood alcohol level, according to the Register.

Heitshusen, who is a reporter and anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast, was arrested Saturday for OWI and driving on the wrong side of the street. She was taken to the county jail after she refused a breath test, the Register reports.

It was a first-time offense for both. According to a search of TVEyes, the station has not yet reported on the arrests.

Meteorologist Arielle Nixon Set to Join WAWS

arielle nixonMeteorologist Arielle Nixon is leaving Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO, the Des Moines Register reports. Nixon is set to join WAWS, the Fox affiliate in Jacksonville.

Nixon joined WHO in 2012 as the station’s morning meteorologist. She will join WAWS as the weekend meteorologist, the Register reports.

Nixon, a Georgia native, began her career in television as an intern at WSB and WAGA in Atlanta.

Des Moines Reporter Uses Kickstarter to Publish Book on Iowa Caucus

caucus_chaosWHO reporter Dave Price recently wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his self-published book about the 2012 Iowa Caucus titled Caucus Chaos.

“I wrote the book because there’s never been an Iowa Caucus like the one we just experienced,” Price told TVSpy. “The rise and fall of so many different candidates in less than one year’s time was remarkable and unprecedented. The name Caucus Chaos seemed to be the perfect fit.”

The political reporter for the Des Moines, IA, NBC affiliate was looking for $4,000 but raised more than $5,000.

Price said the book covers “everything that lead up to caucus night, the drama behind the infamous caucus night [Mitt] Romney declaration and the fears that followed that Iowa’s Caucuses may be damaged because of the way it all went down.” Read more

Happy National Hug an Anchor Day!

It’s National Hug an Anchor Day, and anchors across the country are getting a little love from colleagues, fans, random people in parking lots and people in tomato costumes. Here’s a sample of how a few stations are celebrating.

KXRM in Colorado Springs enlisted the Fazoli’s mascot to help them celebrate:

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Sportscaster Michael Admire Joins WHO

Michael Admire is joining WHO, the NBC affiliate in Des Moines, as a sports anchor, reporter and photographer.

Admire previously worked in the same role at KOAM-KFJX in Joplin, Mo. At WHO, he replaces Chris Hassel, who left the station for ESPN in January.

“I couldn’t be more excited about coming to Des Moines and working for the legendary WHO-HD,” Admire said in a statement. “I’m replacing a guy who is now at ESPN.  That speaks volumes for the sports reputation at WHO.”

As Admire joins the station, sports reporter John Sears gets a promotion to weekend sports anchor.

Chris Hassel Leaving WHO to Join ESPN

After five years at WHO, Chris Hassel is leaving the Des Moines NBC affiliate for ESPN, the Des Moines Register reports.

Hassel, a sports anchor, signed off from WHO Tuesday. At ESPN, he will appear on “Highlight Express” beginning in February.

“It’s just too big an opportunity,” Hassel told the Des Moines Register. “… I’ve never sent out a resume tape before. I wasn’t going to leave for another job in local sports. I was only going to leave for a huge opportunity in regional or national network. Sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone and see what’s out there.”

President Obama Does Election Day Interviews with Stations in Battleground States

President Barack Obama will close out his campaign with one last round of local interviews Tuesday, sitting down with 10 stations in battleground states.

The interviews will take place via satellite from Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago. In order of interview, he will talk with WHO in Des Moines, KWWL in Cedar Rapids, WTMJ in Milwaukee, WKYC in Cleveland, WKRC in Cincinnati, WFOR in Miami, WTVT in Tampa, WJLA in Washington, KMGH in Denver and KVVU in Las Vegas.

Governor Mitt Romney is spending the day appealing to voters in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. [h/t Politico]

Here’s the List of 2012 Murrow Award Winners

The 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners have been announced.

In the large market local TV categories, Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC-affiliate KARE took home a couple of awards. The Gannett-owned station won for “Video Reporting: Hard News” and reporter Boyd Huppert was honored in the “Writing” category.

In the small market categories, KCCI in Des Moines was awarded for “Overall Excellence” while its crosstown rival, WHO, won for “Video Feature Reporting.” New Orleans Fox-affiliate WVUE won two small market awards, including “Video Continuing Coverage” and “Video News Series.”

Full list of local winners inside… Read more

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