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With the Addition of Adam Caskey, Steve Browne to Scale Back at KSAT

steve browneSan Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT has announced Adam Caskey will be the meteorologist on the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts when he joins the station. Caskey replaces Steve Browne (pictured), who will remain on the 10 p.m. newscast.

“Father time and constant deadline pressure was taking a toll leaving me with the realization that it is time to ask for help,” Browne wrote on the KSAT website. “…I will have more time to pursue other interests. I am not retiring,  just stepping back. I truly believe this is a win win situation for all involved and look forward to the future.”

Caskey joins KSAT after 11 years at WJLA. Browne has worked at the station since 1992.

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Someone Shot Santa During Christmas Eve Interview with WJLA


A WJLA camera was rolling when a man dressed as Santa Claus was shot by a pellet gun just before giving away presents in a Southeast Washington, D.C. neighborhood on Christmas Eve.

“Oh man this is awesome,” said Xavier Hawkins while talking to Mike Rudd, cameraman for the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate. “Oh yes, Merry…” said Hawkins, who was dressed as Santa as part of the annual toy giveaway, before looking around then doubling over in obvious pain and saying, “Someone just shot me.”

Hawkins was treated at a local hospital and released. He also took a minute to thank Rudd for taking care of his kids. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

As Steve Chenevey Returns to WTTG, Tony Perkins Moves to Evenings

chenevey perkinsWith Steve Chenevey (left) set to rejoin Fox-owned WTTG in Washington, D.C., next month, changes are afoot for the station’s morning and evening anchor lineups. Chenevey will co-anchor the morning newscast beginning November 4 and Tony Perkins (right) will move to evenings beginning October 28.

“I am thrilled to announce Steve’s return to the FOX 5 family and Tony’s move to evenings. This new talent lineup will enhance our incredible bench of reliable and engaging news anchors, who continue to keep our commitment to bringing viewers relevant and compelling local news,” WTTG vice president and general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Chenevey, who was most recently the morning anchor at rival WJLA, will co-anchor “Fox 5 Morning News” alongside Allison Seymour. Perkins, who has been WTTG’s morning anchor since 2012, will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast with Laura Evans and the 10 p.m. newscast with Shawn Yancy.

“I’ve always been a believer that you actually can go home again and I’m incredibly fortunate to get the chance to return to my FOX 5 News family. I’m ready to jump back in without skipping a beat,” Chenevey said. “I can’t wait to see so many familiar faces and reunite with our loyal viewers.”

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

After Nearly Two Years at WJLA, Steve Chenevey Will Return to WTTG

SteveCheneveyAlmost two years after leaving WTTG for rival WJLA, Steve Chenevey is set to return to the Fox owned station in Washington D.C., TVSpy has learned.

Staffers at ABC affiliate WJLA were told of Chenevey’s departure this afternoon, we’re told. He begins in November at WTTG; it is not immediately clear what his assignment will be.

Chenevey, who spent nine years as the morning anchor at WTTG, has most recently served as a general assignment reporter at WJLA. He was originally hired at the station as the morning and noon anchor.

Autria Godfrey, Jummy Olabanji to Co-Anchor WJLA Morning Newscasts

autria godfreyWashington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA is shuffling anchors for its morning newscast, our sister site FishbowlDC reports.

After just 10 months at the anchor desk, Scott Thuman is moving back into his previous role as senior political reporter. In a strange turn of events, Thuman will be replaced by Autria Godfrey (pictured), who is his ex-wife. Godfrey will anchor alongside Jummy Olabanji, who has been filling in on the morning newscast since Cynne Simpson left WJLA.

“Together they make a lively, engaging and intelligent team,” WJLA general manager Bill Lord wrote in a note to staffers. “…I want to thank Scott Thuman for his hard work and dedication to hosting and helping out in a myriad of ways on Good Morning Washington.”

WJLA’s Jacqui Jeras on Preventative Double Mastectomy: ‘The Risk Was Definitely There’

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WJLA meteorologist Jacqui Jeras is opening up about the preventative double mastectomy she underwent last month (video above).

Jeras made the decision to undergo the surgery because she has a family history of the disease. Doctors found a small tumor that had a 15 percent chance of becoming cancerous, Jeras revealed.

“That makes me feel better about doing what I did. It just kind of confirms that the risk was definitely there,” she said.

President of Allbritton Broadcasting to Step Down

allbritton communications logoFred Ryan, the president of Allbritton Communications Company and CEO of Politico has announced he will step down from both roles by the end of the year.

According to Allbritton’s Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate WJLA, Ryan told staffers in a letter sent late Sunday night he will step down as soon as the sale to Sinclair Broadcasting closes.

Ryan, who has been with Allbritton for 19 years and once worked in the White House for then President Ronald Reagan, told the Washington Post, “I just felt this was a logical time to explore opportunities that have come my way. I have been approached about some things that have appealed to me and that I think are worth exploring, but I haven’t made any decisions.”

In the letter, Ryan told staffers his time at Politico was one of the highlights of his career. “We set out to create what I often called ‘the ESPN of politics,’” he added. “And we have succeeded beyond any reasonable expectations,”

Washington, D.C. Stations Break In to Cover Shootings at Navy Yard

After shots were reported around 8:20 a.m. ET this morning at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C., local stations broke into to regular programming with coverage at around 8:30 a.m.  After brief updates, most of the stations went back to the network morning shows then returned for wall-to-wall coverage near the top of the hour.

First on-air with the news was FOX owned station WTTG. Anchor Tony Perkins was already on-air with the “FOX 5 Morning News” when he tossed to Allison Seymour at 8:35 a.m. Seymour gave viewers a quick update before returning to the regular morning show.

Next up was NBC owned station WRC which broke in to NBC’s “Today” show at 8:39 a.m. Anchors Eun Yang and Aaron Gilchrist updated viewers from the studio on the developing situation.

CBS affiliate WUSA broke in to a commercial break at 8:47 a.m. during “CBS This Morning.” Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck anchored from the studio. WUSA also told viewers they could get updates on the breaking news from the station’s facebook and twitter feeds.

At 8:50 a.m., ABC affiliate WJLA broke in to “Good Morning America” with Jummy Olabanji anchoring from the studio. She quickly tossed to reporter Sam Ford who was live at the scene by phone. Ford said he lived close-by the scene and came over when he heard “all sorts of racket.” WJLA stayed on-air the rest of the morning.

One development worth watching was the use of social media by the stations. One example was WTTG @myfoxdc which kept viewers updated via twitter. See one of their tweets after the jump. Read more

Leon Harris Returns to WJLA After Severe Illness: ‘I feel like I got a second chance’

After a monthlong medical absence, Leon Harris will return to the WJLA anchor desk next week. The Washington, DC ABC affiliate reports Harris spent two weeks in the hospital last month battling a life-threatening case of necrotizing pancreatitis, a severe inflammation of his pancreas.

Harris was rushed to the hospital on August 1 after waking up with severe stomach pains, WJLA reports:

He was airlifted to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he was was placed on a ventilator and had several tubes placed past his vocal chords into his lungs. But Harris says he couldn’t stand the tubes and reflexively tried to tear them out. He was then given drugs to help calm him down and was placed in restraints. Harris, who weighs 230 pounds, is 6-foot-1 and works out every day, broke free of three of the restraints, earning him the nickname “Bear” from the hospital staff.

He says he fought against the tubes because they made his breathing so difficult that he felt like he was drowning.

“It was like trying to snorkel across the Potomac with a cocktail straw,” he says, adding that he was eventually placed on an anti-psychotic drug to keep him from pulling out the tubes.

Harris lost 15 pounds and spent two weeks in the hospital before he was released. “I feel like I got a second chance,” he said.

WJLA Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras to Undergo Double Mastectomy

Jacqui Jeras, meteorologist for Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA announced she’s taking time off from work to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

Jeras’ co-anchors Jummy Olabanji and Scott Thuman wished her well at the end of this morning’s 6:00 a.m. newscast. “We’re all going to be thinking about you and we wish you the best,” said Thuman. “And we know everything’s going to be just fine.”

She told viewers on her facebook page,

“Dear facebook family, as you may have heard, I am taking some time off for my health after today’s show. I am having surgery next week. My health is great, but I want to keep it that way, so I am having a preventive double mastectomy. I have a strong family history of breast cancer including my sister who is battling the disease right now. My mom is a survivor, so are my Aunts and my Grandmother lost the battle. We don’t have BRCA1 or BRCA2, but we have something they haven’t figured out yet. I expect to be gone about a month and will post here when I can about my progress. Thanks for your support and prayers. Please remember to do your monthly self exams and mammograms and remind your loved ones to do the same.

Jeras has been at WJLA since last September. She came to WJLA from CNN where she had worked for 13 years.

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