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WKMG Switching Up Morning Talent

Julie-BroughtonSince the departure of traffic reporter Jessica Sanchez last week, Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG has been forced to use existing talent to pick up the slack. First up, meteorologist and reporter Julie Broughton can now add traffic anchor to her resume.

“Julie Broughton is our new Monday-through-Friday traffic anchor,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker. ”We will still use her to forecast the weather from time to time.”

Meanwhile, reporter Kristin Giannas will help fill any weather gaps left by Broughton.

“Reporter Kristin Giannas studied climatology and meteorology in college, and she has been continuing her weather education. For now, Kristin will be handling some of our weather shifts.”

(Pictured: Julie Broughton)

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Jessica Sanchez Leaving Orlando Station to Recover from Cancer

Jessica-Sanchez-jpgJessica Sanchez says she’s leaving WKMG to “concentrate on her recovery.”

Sanchez returned to the Orlando CBS affiliate in January after undergoing treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

“I have struggled with this decision for months because I love what I do, and I love the people at Local 6,” Sanchez said in a statement. “But after my long battle with cancer, my doctors are telling me to scale back on work and concentrate on my recovery, so I’m going to take time off to heal my body.”

WKMG VP and GM Skip Valet said “We have been working closely with Jessica throughout all of her decisions. While we respect Jessica’s decision, of course we will all miss our friend. As her friends, we know and understand that her health is always paramount.”

Sanchez announced Julie Broughton will take over as traffic reporter. Sanchez’ last day is Friday.

David Hall Joins Orlando’s WKMG

David HallDavid Hall is the new morning anchor at Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“We searched long and hard for the right person to join our team,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet said. “I am confident that we found that person in David Hall. He is a smart, strong journalist who enjoys communicating with viewers, and he is excited get to work in our community.”

Hall comes from KMBC in Kansas City, where he was a weekend anchor and reporter. Beginning June 23, he will co-anchor the 5 to 7 a.m. newscast alongside Bridgett Ellison.

Ginger Gadsden to Join WKMG in Orlando

gadsden wkmgWKMG in Orlando has announced Ginger Gadsden will join the Orlando CBS affiliate as evening anchor

“Ginger Gadsden will be a terrific addition to our early evening newscasts,” WKMG VP and GM Skip Valet said in a statement. “Ginger is a compelling storyteller and an accomplished Journalist. Like her Co-Anchors Matt Austin and Lisa Bell, Ginger is passionate about the News.”

The station said she will co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. show with Matt Austin and solo the 7:00 p.m.

Gadsden last worked at WTSP in St. Petersburg, FL. where she signed off in June 2013 after seven years there. She starts at WKMG June 16.

Meteorologist Danny Treanor Returns to Orlando TV

danny treanorVeteran meteorologist Danny Treanor is returning to Orlando television as a freelance meteorologist for WKMG, the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports:

The invitation to fill in at WKMG was welcome, Treanor said, because he has been friends with chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells for nearly 15 years.

“We live in the same area of town and attend the same church,” Treanor said. “Additionally, I have many friends and former co-workers at Local 6, including Lisa Bell and Julie Broughton, along with producers and photographers.” Treanor called it “a treat to be working with some wonderful friends.”

WKMG viewers will see Treanor for the first time on June 2, when he fills in for Sorrells at 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m.

Treanor is a former meteorologist for WFTV and News 13 Orlando.

Lisa Bell Named WKMG Anchor

bell wkmgWKMG has named Lisa Bell anchor for its 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.

“Lisa has spent the past two years uncovering major stories as a reporter,” Steve Hyvonen, news director for the Orlando CBS affiliate, said in a statement. “She’s one of the smartest journalists I know. In addition to being a top reporter, Lisa is a terrific person and absolutely shines on the anchor desk.”

Bell will co-anchor with Matt Austin.

Hearst Television VP of Sales Kathleen Keefe to Retire

kathleen keefeKathleen Keefe, the vice president of sales at Hearst Television, will retire at the end of the year.

“Kathleen has provided great leadership and mentorship not only to our sales efforts, but our company,” said Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement.  “…Her systems and good judgment in inventory and pricing disciplines and unmatched knowledge of political advertising, have made all of our sales managers better and have helped cultivate the company’s next generation of Hearst Television’s management.”

Before joining Hearst Television in 2001, Keefe was the vice president of sales and marketing for Post-Newsweek Stations. During her 14 years with that station group, she served as general manager of WKMG in Orlando and general sales manager of WFSB in Hartford and KPRC in Houston.

“I couldn’t be prouder or more appreciative of the tremendous sales management and account executive teams at our stations.  I know they will continue to provide industry-leading results,” Keefe said.

Lauren Rowe Leaving Orlando’s WKMG

lauren rowe wkmgAfter 13 years at WKMG, Lauren Rowe is stepping down from the Orlando CBS affiliate.

Rowe, who anchors the evening newscasts, revealed earlier this year she struggles with depression.

“I have made the difficult but necessary decision to focus my full attention on my health and family,” Rowe said in a statement.  “The outpouring of support I have received from all of you has been heartfelt and greatly appreciated, and I will truly miss the privilege you have afforded me by inviting me into your homes each day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Bill Mondora Named News Director at KTTV

KTTV_logoBill Mondora is joining KTTV, the Fox-owned station in Los Angeles, as vice president and news director. He will begin in his new role on April 7, KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale announced today.

“Bill’s broad experience and news expertise make him the ideal candidate to lead our newsroom into the future, as we continue to grow and expand our dynamic news product,” Hale said in a statement.

Mondora joins KTTV from CBS, where he was the director of news and administration for CBS Newspath. He is a 24-year veteran of CBS who has also worked as deputy director of news for CBS TeleNoticias. Prior to that, Mondora worked at WCPX (now WKMG) in Orlando and KWTV in Oklahoma City.

“I am excited to join Kevin and the talented team of journalists at FOX 11 News. I look forward to working together to create interactive, engaging and powerful news content for our viewers,” Mondora said in a statement.

KTTV has been without a news director since Kingsley Smith resigned in October.

Tony Pipitone Leaving Orlando for Miami

Tony-Pipitone-jpgThe Orlando Sentinel reports Tony Pipitone is leaving WKMG to work as an investigative reporter at Miami NBC owned station WTVJ.

“I’ve worked with many fine journalists, but Tony Pipitone is at the head of that class,” WKMG GM Skip Valet told the Sentinel. “As an investigative reporter, he is as good as they come.”

Pipitone has worked at the Orlando CBS affiliate for 26 years. He’s never worked at another station.

He was drawn to WTVJ because NBC is making a big push for investigative reporting at its owned stations. “They’re going to have a serious commitment to investigative reporting, and lucky for me, they want me to be part of it,” he said.

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