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WJLA Creating New Investigative Team

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WJLA has announced a new and improved ABC7 On-Your-Side investigative unit. According to TVNewsCheck, the Washington ABC affiliate’s new unit, led by current WJLA assistant news director Holly Shannon, will focus on consumer problems and government waste.

“ABC7 has had a long history in this market of watching out for the little guy,” news director Mitch Jacob said in a statement. “Our new investigative team will take this kind of reporting to the next level. We’ll be there for our viewers on matters that are important to them.”

Other reporters on the new team include: Joce StermanChris PapstKimberly SuitersHorace Holmes and Jennifer Donelan.

“This is a big undertaking,” Jacob added. “But DC and our viewers deserve this type of reporting. We’re going to dig deep into the issues that impact the DC region.”

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Man Tells WJLA Crew Covering Blaze, ‘I Set It On Fire’


Police didn’t have far to look to find the person who set a house on fire in Rockville, Maryland.

The suspect, Carlos Peralta, first approached a WJLA crew and told them, “Me! Me! I set it on fire.”

Before he confessed to police while the cameras were recording, Peralta answered a series of questions from WJLA.

Question #1: “How did you do it?”
“I just poured gasoline on the floor, set it on fire, went to grab a drink, and came back,” “Carlos” remarked without batting an eye.

Question #2: “How did setting this fire help you?”
“Just so you [the media] could get here … for your attention,” “Carlos” added.
The self-proclaimed arsonist went on to describe, what he considered to be, deplorable living conditions inside the home he says he torched. Police say “Carlos” was one of six people living inside the two-story structure. Read more

Anchor Gordon Peterson Leaving WJLA

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Legendary ‘Dean of Anchors’ Gordon Peterson is set to leave ABC affiliate WJLA at the end of the year. According to the Washington Post, Peterson, who is 76, isn’t retiring, just leaving the station he’s called home for the last 10 years.

In an email to his friends and colleagues, Peterson explained that his contract expires at the end of the year and he’s decided it’s time to leave. Here, he reminisces on his many years on Washington’s airwaves:

“As most of you know, I have been in the television news business in Washington, DC for 45 years. It has been my privilege to have covered many of the great issues of our time beginning with the struggle for civil rights and the huge anti-war rallies of the late ’60′s and early ’70′s through eight administrations. It has been wonderful to have been reunited with Maureen Bunyan and Doug Hill and to join forces with Tim Brant, Leon Harris and Alison Starling. I dare not name anyone else, for fear of leaving someone out, but I want each of you to know how important you are to me and how grateful I am for having had the chance to work with you…”

Prior to joining WJLA in 2003, Peterson spent 35 years at CBS affiliate WUSA. No word yet on where he’s going next.

Greta Kreuz Retires From WJLA


After more than 30 years working as a journalist, Greta Kreuz retired from WJLA on Wednesday .

Kreuz joined the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate in 1988.

She started out as a print reporter in the Chicago area and later worked in radio as news director for WVPO-WSBG in Pennsylvania. She started her TV career at WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and has also worked at WPRI in Providence, R.I. and WBAL in Baltimore, Md.

In 2012, she revealed she had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

On set, in a 5:00 p.m. news segment where the station said goodbye, she told viewers, “I’m in remission.” And added, “I’m going to take a little time and relax and smell the roses and sleep in.”

Former WJLA GM Named WUSA News Director

bill lordBill Lord, the former GM of WJLA has been named news director at cross town CBS affiliate WUSA.

Lord left WJLA shortly after Sinclair took over the former Allbritton ABC affiliate in July.

“We are excited to have someone of Bill’s caliber,” WUSA president and GM Mark Burdett said in a statement. “Bill’s skill sets married to Gannett’s commitment to journalism will be a tremendous combination.”

As FTVLive first reported, Lord replaces Fred D’Ambrosi who left the Gannett owned Washington, D.C. station Friday.

WJLA Holding Town Hall on ‘The New Terror Threat’

Town-HallWashington D.C.’s WJLA will hold a town hall meeting this Thursday to discuss “The New Terror Threat” facing America. The ABC affiliate, along with local cable news network NewsChannel 8, will produce the special, which is expected to air on other Sinclair stations around the country.

According to WJLA’s site, the discussion will include an ‘expert panel’ and views from both sides of the aisle. Topics up for debate include ISIL, the Middle East, Homeland security, D.C. politics, the current terror threat, U.S. military action and more. Details below:

Date: Thursday October 16th, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (audience members must arrive no later than 7:30 p.m.)
Location: Artisphere Theater 1101 Wilson Blvd. Rosslyn, VA 22209

You can be part of the audience by clicking here.

Robert Burton to Join WJLA

burton katvKATV weekend sports anchor Robert Burton said goodbye to viewers of the Little Rock, Ark. ABC affiliate Sunday night.

Burton is heading to WJLA in Washington, D.C.

Sports director Steve Sullivan wrote up a goodbye for Burton on the station’s website.

I’d be lying if I said that Bob got off to a great start at KATV.

Bob joined us in the middle of the 2011 football season.  His first big assignment was the Conway-Cabot football game.  This match-up between two tradition rich programs was supposed to be our main highlight game. If Bob had the final call, we wouldn’t have any highlights of that game on the news that night. Read more

Sinclair Names New GMs in Washington, DC and Columbus Markets

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Dan Mellon GM of its Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA and local cable news network NewsChannel 8.

The station group also named Tony D’Angelo GM of Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate WSYX.

“I am excited to announce the promotions of Dan and Tony,” Steve Marks, Sinclair’s co-chief operating officer said in a statement. “They have been loyal employees of the Company with a history of success in leading our stations, especially in Columbus, one of our largest and most important markets.”

Since 2006, Mellon has been group manager of Sinclair’s stations. He was GM of WSYX from 2005 until 2006 and was also responsible for oversight into WTTE. D’Angelo had been director of sales at WSYX, WTTE and WWHO in Columbus since 2003.

WJLA GM Out as Sinclair Takes Over Station

lord wjla croppedWJLA GM Bill Lord has announced he is leaving the now Sinclair owned ABC affiliate for Washington, D.C.

According to FTVLive, who first reported the news, Lord sent staffers an email saying “I have just received word that September 30th will be my last day at WJLA. Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first.”

Lord confirmed the news with TVSpy. He’s worked at WJLA for 12 years.

Sinclair’s bid to buy WJLA’s former owner, Allbritton Communications, was approved by the FCC last week.

WJLA Anchor Knighted for Community Work


WJLA anchor Maureen Bunyan was decorated as a Knight of The Order of Orange-Nassau, a Dutch civic chivalric order, last week.

Bunyan is a native of Aruba which is still a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Washington Post reports the honor is bestowed upon “those who deserve recognition for exemplary contributions to society.” Bunyan was knighted at the home of Ambassador Rudolf Bekink of the Netherlands.

She doesn’t get a title, so the Washington, D.C, ABC affiliate’s news opens and lower thirds won’t need to be changed.

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