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Justin Betti Joins WGAL From WJRT

Justin BettiJustin Betti has joined WGAL, the NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa., as a sports anchor and reporter. Betti, a Pennsylvania native, will anchor weekend sportscasts and report during the week.

“Justin’s diverse experience makes him a great fit for this position that requires both sports and news reporting skills. In his first week at WGAL he’s already made contributions to our broadcasts by reporting on the winter snowstorms as well as his anchoring of our weekend evening sportscasts at 6PM, 10PM and 11PM,” WGAL general manager John Humphries said in a statement.

Betti comes to Lancaster from Flint, Mich., where he was a sports and news reporter at ABC affiliate WJRT.

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WATCH: Flint Reporter’s Road Construction Map Looks Suspiciously Familiar

Siobhan Riley, a reporter for Flint, MI, ABC affiliate WJRT, tried to illustrate which streets would be affected by construction in downtown Saginaw. Instead, she ended up drawing what looked like a penis.

>UPDATE: WJRT news director Jayne Hodak told TVSpy, “This was an innocent mistake on behalf of the reporter. In no way was it intentional.”

“This construction is happening along North Michigan,” she told viewers during last night’s 11:00 p.m news. But it wasn’t until she drew the streets affected by the construction, “…starting at Colton Avenue and going all the way along State Avenue,” that the report seemed like it was code for something else.

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VIDEO: Paul Ryan’s Testy Exchange with WJRT Anchor Terry Camp

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan had a testy exchange during an interview on Monday with with WJRT in Flint, Mich. (video, via BuzzFeed, above).

The interview took a tense turn when WJRT’s Terry Camp asked Ryan if the United States has a gun problem. Ryan said the country has a “crime problem” and noted that gun laws “aren’t properly enforced.” He went on to advocate crime prevention in another way:

Ryan: The best thing to help prevent violent crime in the inner cities is to bring opportunity in the inner cities, is to help people get [inaudible] in the inner cities, is to help teach people good discipline, good character. That is civil society. That’s what charities and civic groups and churches do to help one another make sure that they can realize the value in one another.

Camp: And you can do all that by cutting taxes? With a big tax cut?

Ryan: Those are your words, not mine.

At that point in the interview, a Ryan aide can be heard in the background ending the interview, saying, “Thank you very much, sir.” Both Camp and Ryan stood up. Read more

With Karen Gatlin’s Retirement Looming, WJRT Hires Former Anchor Dawn Jones Back

Veteran anchor Karen Gatlin (pictured) is retiring this Spring after 32 years at WJRT, and the Flint ABC-affiliate has hired a familiar face to replace her.

The new noon and 4 p.m. anchor will be Dawn Jones, who is returning to the station after two years out of the television business, according to mlive.com. Jones has been communications director for Flint mayor Dayne Walling since 2009.

“Dawn is just a wonderful person who’s so upbeat and positive,” WJRT news director Jayne Hodak said. “We’re glad she realized that the next chapter after the city is to come back home to us.”

KHOU’s Gabe Gutierrez Lands Job with NBC News

Gabe Gutierrez, who has worked as a general assignment reporter for KHOU in Houston since 2010, has landed a job with NBC News.

NBC News president Steve Capus announced today that Gutierrez is joining as a network correspondent based in Atlanta.  Starting next month,  Gutierrez will report across all NBC News platforms, including “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” and MSNBC.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Gutierrez began his broadcasting career at WBOY, the NBC-affiliate in Clarksburg, WV.  He eventually moved on to WJRT, the ABC-affiliate in Flint, MI, where he was named “Best Reporter” in 2009 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Read more

WTVG News Director Tapped to Oversee SJL Broadcasting’s News Operations

SJL Broadcasting announced today that WTVG news director Brian Trauring has been tapped to oversee news operations for all of the company’s stations.

Trauring will continue serving as WTVG’s news director as he takes on the additional title of executive news director for SJL Broadcasting.

In the newly created position, Trauring will, according to the announcement, “oversee strategic planning and work with news directors and staffs at the local level.”

Trauring, who has been WTVG’s news director for the past ten years, will be working with WJRT in Flint, MI; WICU-WSEE in Erie, PA; and WENY in Elmira, NY.

Longtime WJRT Anchor Bill Harris Joins Rival WEYI

Longtime WJRT anchor Bill Harris is joining crosstown rival WEYI.

“Grab your remotes!” NBC-affiliate WEYI exclaimed, announcing the move.  “The face of Mid-Michigan news hasn’t changed, but the channel has.”

Harris spent over three decades anchoring the news for WJRT before being cut loose last spring.  He returned to the station to do occasional special reports last year, but officially said goodbye in December.

Harris will anchor WEYI’s 6 p.m. newscast.  His first day is set for January 30th. Read more

Bill Harris Leaves Michigan’s WJRT, For Good

Bill Harris, who returned to WJRT for “special projects” in May just one month after being let go by the new management team, says he is officially done with the Flint ABC-affiliate.

“My vision for what I want to do … didn’t mesh with [the work at] ABC12,” Harris told the Flint Journal. “It is hurting me deeply [but] the marriage wasn’t perfect. I really appreciated coming back.”

Harris says he is in talks with two rival WJRT rival stations: CBS-affiliate WNEM and NBC-affiliate WEYI. Though nothing official has been announced, the veteran anchor says he is interested in joining to anchor and work on special projects, perhaps as soon as January.

6 Months After Being Cut Loose at WJRT, Joel Feick Joins WEYI As Morning Anchor

Joel Feick, a veteran anchor who was fired from Flint-ABC affiliate WJRT in April after 27 years, has joined rival station WEYI.

“I am excited to be working for a team that wants me and to get back to telling stories again,” Feick said in a statement. “It’s what I love to do.”

Feick was a casualty of station-wide downsizing after WJRT was acquired by SJL Broadcasting. He was weekend anchor at WJRT;  WEYI news director Kathy Reynolds calls mornings “a natural next step for him.”

Feick’s first broadcast was this morning. According to WEYI’s statement, he will be the newscast’s primary anchor, surrounded by an “ensemble cast.” Read more

Jayne Hodak Takes Over for Her Mentor as WJRT News Director

Jayne Hodak, who has been serving as WJRT‘s acting news director since April, has officially been named newsroom boss at the Flint ABC-affiliate.

Hodak, WJRT’s assistant news director for the past eight years, took over for longtime news director Jim Bleicher upon his recent departure.  Bleicher, who had been with WJRT for over two decades, left as SJL Broadcasting took over ownership of the station.

“It’s very bittersweet for me,” Hodak told TVSpy recently about her promotion, saying that Bleicher was her mentor.

“It was really hard in the beginning,” Hodak said of Bleicher’s exit as well as a handful of other staff changes made under the new ownership, “but the focus is now on the day-to-day job of providing the most hours of local news in the market.” Read more

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