Lazar, whose first day at WINK is October 16, initially posted the news to his Facebook page saying, “It’s official! I’m moving to Fort Myers, Florida in 2 weeks to work at WINK-TV!”
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Sanders joins WWL from WCTV in Tallahassee, where she has been the news director since 2010. She has also worked at WINK in Fort Myers, WWSB in Sarasota, WFLA in Tampa, WSVN in Miami and WPBF in West Palm Beach.
In a memo to WWL staffers, executive news director Bill Siegel praised Sanders’ leadership at WCTV, noting “her experience with social media and emerging technologies fits perfectly with the direction we are moving as a digital news organization.” Read more
Spinetto, a general assignment reporter at the station, is moving to Manchester ABC-affiliate WMUR as a reporter. “Thank you for all the support and sharing your stories with me over the past 6 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s been an incredible experience.”
Liepman, the noon anchor, is expected to stay at WINK through mid-September before joining him in New Hampshire, according to the News-Press. The couple have both worked at the station for six years.
Earl is a Chicago-area native who has spent the last two years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO. He began today as anchor of the morning and noon newscasts, and he will also serve as a multimedia journalist for WMAZ.
“Everyone has been really, really nice, very friendly. I’m not used to people asking questions about me. We’re kind of brisk up in Chicago,” Earl joked during his introduction on Friday’s evening newscast. “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” Read more
Farrell spent ten years at WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers, before joining WINK in April 1992. He is the meteorologist for the station’s weekday newscasts at 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m.
He told the News-Press that the biggest change to the industry in 30 years has been technology.
“When I started in 1982, we used magnetic H’s and L’s (for “highs” and “lows”),” Farrell said. “Today, we have computer graphics, models and Doppler radar. The on-air presentation and the forecast accuracy have improved greatly.”
Yeager, who is the station’s chief investigative reporter, is returning to her hometown of Kansas City as she joins KSHB, the NBC-affiliate. Her last day at WINK will be May 11.
Maloney, a weekend anchor and reporter at WINK, has also left the station.
Pastrana is leaving the television business altogether. She has moved to the Miami area for a job at a local radio station.
The changes were made because Liepman, the former morning anchor who recently returned from maternity leave, wanted to work more regular hours, according to the News-Press. She will anchor the noon newscast and report in the afternoons. Her husband, WINK reporter Nick Spinetto, will take paternity leave to be with the newborn.
Stacy, formerly the noon anchor, will handle the morning newscasts, anchoring from 5-7 a.m. on WINK and from 7-9 a.m. on sister station WXCW. Reporter Alissa Reitmeier has also joined the morning team as the traffic anchor.
WINK, the CBS-affiliate in Fort Myers, has launched a 24-hour news network on a digital subchannel.
According to the News-Press, the channel “includes a steady stream of weather graphics, news updates and repeats of recent WINK newscasts.”
The channel is currently broadcasting on channel 11.2 in the Fort Myers market. It will be available on Comcast cable starting next month.
Wegmann, who anchors WFTX’s 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts, has been on maternity leave from the Fox-affiliate since giving birth in December. According to the Naples News, Wegmann is now taking an indefinite leave of absence as Radel campaigns.
The move allows Wegmann to support her husband during his run while also protecting WFTX from potential conflicts as the station covers his campaign. Read more