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Another Round of Local Press for President Obama

With the election drawing closer, President Obama is doing another round of local press today.

The stations at the White House today are WDBJ in Roanoke, KKTV in Colorado Springs, KTVN in Reno, WJXT in Jacksonville, KTIV in Sioux City, WBAY in Green Bay, WYFF in Greenville, SC and KFSN in Fresno, CA.

In addition to a five-minute sitdown with the President, the reporters will also take a tour of the White House and the kitchen garden, and conduct interviews with administration officials from each respective market, according to CNN.

WJXT Reports on Publishers Clearing House Scam After Reporter Scott Johnson is Targeted

WJXT reported on a Publishers Clearing House scam last night after Scott Johnson, a reporter at the Jacksonville station, was targeted.

Johnson was on his way to cover a story when he received a call from someone informing him he was a Publishers Clearing House winner and directing him to wire $1,500 to cover the taxes on his prize, according to WJXT. The reporter became suspicious after he asked for a mailing address, or to speak to a supervisor, and the caller refused both. Johnson began to record the call.

“I’m a TV reporter, sir, and we’re recording a TV story which will be going on television,” Johnson informed the caller. Read more

Jacksonville Newsers Hosting ‘Anchorman’-Inspired Street Fight

Like so many of your fellow local newsers, if you love the cult classic “Anchorman,” then you may want to head to Jacksonville, Florida this weekend.

In the spirit of the film, numerous Jax TV,  print, and radio newsrooms–including folks from WJXT, WTEV-WAWS, and First Coast News–are fielding teams to face off in tomorrow’s News Room Street Fight.  Journos will participate in a charity dodge ball tournament to benefit the Jacksonville Police Athletic League, with special appearances by Jacksonville Jaguars players Eben Britton and Rashad Jennings , and Ron Burgundy himself (sorry, no Will Ferrell – it’ll be a local actor dressed up).

Street Fight co-organizer Melissa Ross, a WJCT-FM anchor and former WOFL anchor, says that “since no one can forget the trident in the ‘Anchorman’ fight scene, an authentic golden trident trophy will be awarded to the winning news team!” Read more

WJXT Saves Details of Meteorologist’s Hospitalization for Multi-Part Sweeps Story

When WJXT chief meteorologist George Winterling spent most of September in the hospital, the Jacksonville station shared virtually no information about his illness.

Now, in a multi-part sweeps series titled “George’s Miracle: What Really Happened,” WJXT is telling the story of Winterling’s apparent brush with death.  It turns out that the veteran meteorologist’s heart stopped and paramedics spent two minutes shocking him to get his pulse back.  Winterling then spent 11 days in a coma, with his body temperature reduced for much of the time to prevent further damage. Read more

WJXT’s George Winterling Home After Hospital Stay

Longtime WJXT chief meteorologist George Winterling has returned home following a hospital stay and a week in a rehabilitation center.

Winterling’s family sent a photo into WJXT of the veteran weathercaster relaxing at home in his favorite chair.

“He wants to thank all of you for your get well wishes and support,” anchor Rob Sweeting told viewers this week (video here).

Earlier this month, Winterling, 80, was hospitalized for an unspecified illness.  He has been with the station since 1962, although he stepped away from daily forecasting duties two years ago.

WJXT Meteorologist’s Condition Improving

WJXT chief meteorologist George Winterling remains in the hospital but his condition is improving, according to the station.  Winterling, 80, was hospitalized nearly two weeks with an unspecified illness.

“So many people have asked us about George in the past few days. I’m thrilled to tell you although he’s still in the hospital he’s stable and progressing,” WJXT vice president and general manager Bob Ellis announced on Friday. “He’s been watching our Channel 4 newscasts and, as you might expect, keeping tabs on the weather.”

Winterling has been WJXT’s chief meteorologist for over four decades.  Although he stepped away from daily forecasting duties two years ago, he remained active with the station up until the time of his hospitalization.

WJXT Chief Meteorologist Hospitalized

George Winterling, who has been chief meteorologist at WJXT for 47 years, is in the hospital after falling ill on Wednesday night.  According to the station, Winterling’s family is not yet ready to release details of his condition.

“George is so important to this station, our community, and many of you,” WJXT vice president and general manager Bob Ellis told viewers on Thursday.  “Members of our staff have visited his family this morning. His wife Virginia and their children and grandchildren want everyone in Jacksonville to know how much they appreciate your prayers and get well wishes. We will provide updates on how George is doing as soon as they are available.”

Although he remains WJXT’s chief meteorologist, Winterling stepped back from daily forecast duties two years ago.

WJXT has posted a forum on their site where people can leave well wishes.

Jacksonville Police Remove Scanners From Local Newsrooms

In a move that had been anticipated for weeks but is no less debilitating, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office removed police scanners from local newsrooms last week.

In announcing their decision to remove the scanners back in July, the police department cited their own budgetary considerations.  But many feel that it was done in an effort to limit the media’s access to police communications.

For the past several years, Jacksonville media outlets have rented scanners from the police department.  According to The Florida Times-Union, local news agencies would rent the $4,600 Motorola radios, with special encrypted frequencies, for about $70 each per month. Read more

WTSP Officially Names Mark Collins to Weather Team

WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, has for the second time this week announced a new member of their weather team — Mark Collins, a St. Petersburg native.

Collins joins Jim Van Fleet, who was named chief meteorologist at WTSP on Tuesday. Although Van Fleet’s contract with Orlando’s WOFL does not expire until December, Collins will officially join the station on September 15. He has been splitting his time as a freelance meteorologist between WTSP and WJXT in Jacksonville; the two stations have an arrangement that allows him to be a forecaster on both stations.

“Mark is no stranger to our team and to Bay area viewers, as he’s been doing a great job filling in at 10 News,” said WTSP news director Peter Roghaar.  “His knowledge of the Tampa Bay area and Florida’s tropical systems will make him a huge asset to our growing weather team.”

Kathryn Bonfield Leaves Post at WFLA to Become WJXT’s News Director

Kathryn Bonfield, an assistant news director for Tampa’s WFLA, is moving to the other side of Florida to become news director for Jacksonville’s WJXT.

The Post-Newsweek-owned independent station announced this week that Bonfield would fill the position vacated by Mo Ruddy.  Ruddy had led the WJXT newsroom for over nine years before departing at the end of 2010 to pursue other opportunities.

Bonfield, who graduated from the University of Florida, served as news director for NBC-affiliate WCBD in Charleston, SC before becoming WFLA’s assistant ND.

Bonfield is set to join WJXT at the end of the month.

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