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Jennifer Dowling Joins WXMI From Rival WWMT

Jennifer Dowling has jumped from WWMT in Grand Rapids to rival WXMI, MLive.com reports.

Dowling was a crime and courts reporter and fill-in anchor at CBS-affiliate WWMT. She joined the station in 2010 from WILX, the NBC-affiliate in Lansing, MI. She has also worked at KEVN in Rapid City, SD, KTIV in Sioux City, IA and WHO in Des Moines.

The Michigan native began at Fox-affiliate WXMI last week.

Obama Talks Energy in Latest Round of Local Press

President Obama did another round of local interviews yesterday, sitting down with eight stations from the Orlando, Cincinnati, Denver, Los Angeles, Austin, Des Moines, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh markets.

The interviews lasted about five minutes each and focused mostly on gas prices and energy policy. “As long as gas prices are going up, people are going to feel like I’m not doing enough and I understand that,” Obama told WFTV’s Greg Warmoth. “Ultimately, though, there’s no silver bullet here.”

The interviews were granted to three ABC affiliates, two CBS affiliates and two NBC affiliates. Adriana Arevalo‘s interview was broadcast on 18 Univision affiliates. Video inside…. Read more

How Much Money Did Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Give to Iowa Stations?

Stephen Colbert‘s Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, recently filed a document with the the Federal Election Commission, reporting its donations and expenditures as of January 30th.

In addition to reporting over a million dollars in donations, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow also listed how much money it spent on running ads in Iowa before the state’s Republican caucus. Read more

Anchor John Bachman Retiring From WHO

WHO anchor John Bachman, who has been with the Des Moines NBC-affiliate since 1987, will retire at the end of November.

“I’ve been so fortunate to anchor at WHO-HD for a quarter of a century,” Bachman said, announcing his retirement.  “Now it’s time for my wife Barb and me to visit the grandchildren during the Iowa winters, while viewers will get the opportunity to enjoy Winters–Dan, that is.”

Dan Winters, an anchor and reporter for WHO for the past eight years, will succeed Bachman at the anchor desk.

“John Bachman will forever be a part of the heritage and tradition of WHO,” president and general manager Dale Woods said.  Read more

WHO’s Jannay Towne Tapped for Weekend Mornings

Jannay Towne has been promoted to weekend morning anchor at WHO, the NBC-affiliate in Des Moines.

In her new role, Towne will continue reporting for the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She will debut alongside co-anchor Dan Winters this weekend.

“She’s one of those people that gets the job done every day with a smile and we’re pleased to see her role expand,” WHO news director Rod Peterson said in a statement.

Towne, who has been at WHO for seven years, replaces Elizabeth Klinge as the weekend morning anchor. Klinge left the station earlier this month to pursue a business venture with her husband.

Des Moines Stations Get Delayed Boost From Political Ad Spending

By all accounts, 2012 may be a record-setting year for political ad spending. As the candidates’ first major stop, Iowa stations expected major profits, but saw very little action until after the last pre-caucus debate — causing some nervousness on the part of sales managers, the Washington Post reports:

Then, after the Jan. 3 date was resolved, debates drew record audiences and candidates exploited a cost-free stage to get out their message. And after the final pre-caucus debate, in mid-December, the deluge.

“It really started coming in,” said Dale Woods, general manager of WHO, the NBC affiliate.

Anne Marie Caudron, national sales manager of KCCI, the CBS affiliate, said: “This year we saw a little before the straw poll and then nothing till late November. We were” — long pause — “concerned.” Read more

Married Political Reporters Share Spotlight in Iowa

Politics play a big role in the relationship between Dave and Emily Price.  In fact, the couple even received Honeymoon advice from Barack and Michelle Obama when they were married in 2007.

Now Dave, an anchor and esteemed political expert with Des Moines NBC-affiliate WHO, and Emily, an up-and-coming political reporter at CBS-affiliate KCCI, are sharing the media spotlight as they cover the hotly contested Iowa caucuses.

The hard-working pair was recently profiled by The Washington Post, which detailed their status as political oracles in Iowa Read more

Former WHO, WOI Anchor Dies at 38

Bobbi Jean Silvernail, who worked as an anchor and reporter for WHO and WOI in Des Moines, died suddenly on Sunday. She was 38.

Known to Iowa viewers as Bobbi Bergman, Silvernail worked as an anchor at NBC-affiliate WHO from 1999 to 2002. She joined ABC-affiliate WOI in 2005, working as a reporter and weekend anchor there until 2008.

On Saturday morning, Silvernail began suffering from shortness of breath, according to WHO, and eventually stopped breathing completely. Read more

WTHR, WGRZ Win Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence

WTHR staffers at the 2011 Murrow Awards

Twenty local television stations were presented with Edward R. Murrow Awards at an RTDNA dinner honoring the winners in New York City last night. TVSpy was there as WTHR in Indianapolis was presented the award for Overall Excellence in a large market. WGRZ in Buffalo was honored for Overall Excellence in a small market.

Although the winners represented every platform of the news industry — national news, radio, online — enthusiasm for the local stations was palpable, with staffers from winning stations cheering on their colleagues audibly as they took the stage to accept their awards.

In his opening speech, RTDNA chairman Kevin Benz implored the 95 Murrow award winners — more than the RTDNA has ever presented before — to “celebrate truth through journalism.”

“The practice of producing great journalism is as important today as it has ever been,” he told the packed ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Read more

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