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Former WINK Anchor Trey Radel Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Republican Trey Radel, a former anchor at WINK in Fort Myers, has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Radel will represent the 19th congressional district of Florida, stepping into a seat vacated when Connie Mack announced he would seek a Senate seat. Radel beat Democrat Jim Roach in the election.

Radel stepped away from WINK in 2010, saying at the time that his passion was politics and that he had never “felt more compelled than right now to get involved.” He went on to be a conservative radio host before announcing his candidacy for the House.

Radel’s wife, Amy Wegmann, is a former anchor at rival WFTX, the Fox affiliate in Fort Myers. See WINK’s report on Radel’s victory here (the station’s video player does not allow embedding).

Jeremiah Jacobsen Joins KARE Morning Newscast

Multimedia journalist Jeremiah Jacobsen is joining the morning newscast at KARE, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.

Jacobsen joins KARE after five years at WINK in Fort Myers, where he was most recently the weekend anchor and political reporter. The Minnesota native will begin at his new job on December 3.

Jacobsen will be working overnight to produce and edit the morning newscast. He will be anchoring the 4:30 a.m. newscast and will lead breaking news coverage during the 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. hours.

Miriam Zamorano Joins WFTX as Morning Anchor

Miriam Zamorano will join WFTX, the Fort Myers FOX affiliate, as news anchor for the station’s morning show, “FOX 4 Rising”.

The move for Zamorano, who was a reporter, anchor and traffic reporter at Fort Myer’s WINK before heading to KABB in San Antonio, coincides with the birth of her first child.

“I am so excited to join the Fox 4 Rising team and look forward to bringing Southwest Florida viewers what they need to get their day started right,” Zamorano said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “I want to tell about what is going on in the world, but more importantly, I want our viewers to know about the news that is relevant to them. We’re going to be informational, but we’re also going to have fun.”

The station also announced Amy Wegmann, who left the station to support her husbands run for Congress, will fill-in for Carley Wegner on “Fox 4 Morning Blend” while Wegner is on medical leave.

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Corey Lazar Leaving KAGS for Fort Myers

Corey Lazar will join WINK as a reporter in two weeks, TVSpy has confirmed with the station.

Lazar comes to the Fort Myers CBS affiliate from NBC affiliate KAGS in College Station, TX.  After the jump you can take a look at his reel, which is posted to YouTube.

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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Triston Sanders Named Assistant ND at WWL

Triston Sanders is joining WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans, as assistant news director next month.

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

Nick Spinetto, Lindsay Liepman Leaving WINK

WINK husband and wife team Nick Spinetto and Lindsay Liepman are leaving the Fort Myers CBS-affiliate.

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.

Morning Anchor David Earl Makes His WMAZ Debut

David Earl has joined WMAZ, the CBS-affiliate in Macon, GA, as morning and midday anchor.

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

In Fort Myers, WINK Adds Three New Reporters

Three new reporters are joining the ranks at Fort Myers CBS-affiliate WINK, according to the News-Press.

Florida native Stephanie Susskind (pictured) began April 18. Susskind returns to her home state from WMAZ, the CBS-affiliate in Macon, GA, where she anchored the morning newscast.

Sarah Robarge will begin at WINK in mid-May. She has been a general assignment reporter at TV3, the ABC-affiliate in Winchester, VA, since 2010.

Kristen Skovira will also join WINK this Summer. She previously anchored and produced the morning newscast at KGWN, the CBS-affiliate in Cheyenne.

Jim Farrell Celebrates 30th Anniversary at WINK

Jim Farrell, the chief meteorologist at WINK, is celebrating his 30th anniversary with the Fort Myers CBS-affiliate this month.

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.”

Three Reporters Departing WINK in Fort Myers

Melissa Yeager (pictured), Erin Maloney and Lauren Pastrana are leaving WINK, the CBS-affiliate in Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.

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.

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