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WMAQ Launches 11 a.m. Newscast, Shuffles Meteorologists

byron mirandaWMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, is making changes to its morning programming. Beginning September 8, the station will debut an hourlong 11 a.m. newscast that will replace the current half-hour noon newscast.

“A lot of news breaks during the day. Our expanded news at 11 am will allow us to even better serve our viewers with the latest news and weather information,” WMAQ vice president of news and station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement.

Anchoring the 11 a.m. newscast will be Stefan Holt and Marion Brooks, alongside meteorologist Byron Miranda (pictured), who returns to WMAQ after more than a decade away. Most recently, he has worked as the weekend evening meteorologist at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles.

In addition to Miranda’s hire, there are further changes to the station’s weather team: Robert Feder reports weekend meteorologist Cheryl Scott is leaving WMAQ when her contract is up next month. Scott is exploring options “to work as a meteorologist on a network or local level,” according to Feder. Read more

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WMAQ Adds Sportscaster Siafa Lewis

siafa lewisSiafa Lewis has joined WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, as a freelance reporter and sports anchor, Robert Feder reports:

Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, confirmed the new addition on Tuesday, adding that the hiring of Lewis “will mean less use of some of our other freelancers.” He did not say whose work would be cut back.

Lewis has previously worked as a traffic reporter for WCAU in Philadelphia and as a sports anchor and reporter for WNBC in New York.

Zoraida Sambolin on Returning to WMAQ: ‘The Response Has Been Humbling’

zoraida sambolin_304x200As Zoraida Sambolin prepares to rejoin WMAQ, she does a Q+A with Robert Feder about her return to Chicago:

What’s been the response to your return to NBC 5?

The response has been humbling. Many of our loyal viewers followed my career at CNN, prayed for me during my health crisis and are now embracing my return to their morning routine. I feel incredibly fortunate. The team I left has changed a bit, but they’ve all been very welcoming, and the staff and crew have always been like family. It all feels right and Daniella [Guzman] is excited about her new opportunities in L.A.

Does the place seem any different since you left? Read more

KNBC Names Daniella Guzman Morning Co-Anchor

daniella guzmanDaniella Guzman has been named morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. She will anchor alongside Michael Brownlee weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m.

It is a move within NBC for Guzman, who has anchored the morning newscast at NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago since 2012. KNBC’s announcement of Guzman’s hire comes after WMAQ announced Zoraida Sambolin as the new morning anchor.

“Daniella has the right combination of journalistic experience and genuine warmth that comes across on the air and in person,” vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “She is a dynamic anchor who will further strengthen our newscast and help our viewers kick start their day.”

Michelle Valles has been anchoring KNBC’s morning newscast since Alycia Lane left the station last year.

After 2 Years at CNN, Zoraida Sambolin Rejoins WMAQ

zorida sambolinAfter two years at CNN, Zoraida Sambolin is returning to her old station — WMAQ in Chicago — as the co-anchor of the morning newscast.

“We are delighted that Zoraida will be returning to our newsroom,” WMAQ station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement. “She’s a native Chicagoan and knows our city well.  I know our viewers will welcome her back.”

Sambolin replaces Daniella Guzman, who has been named the morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. >Update: KNBC has officially announced Guzman as morning co-anchor.

“Daniella has been a key part of our morning news growth, and while we hate to see her go, we are happy that she can take advantage of this promotion within our company,” WMAQ general manager David Doebler said. Read more

Valari Staab on Strengthening the NBC Owned Stations

valari staabIn an interview with TVNewsCheck, NBC Owned Television Stations president Valari Staab talks about the investment in local news that has gone on under her watch. Staab says stations like WTVJ in Miami, WMAQ in Chicago and WCAU in Philadelphia have seen success because “we have added people, we have upgraded facilities, we have added resources”:

There are two things that strengthened our newsrooms quickly. One was adding a midday newscast. It’s easy to look at a midday newscast and do the math and say that it loses money or that it breaks even so I don’t want to do it. What a midday newscast does is keep the newsroom going all day long. It keeps everybody gathering news all day long. To have a big gap between your morning news and your 5 o’clock news weakens your 5 o’clock news.

The second thing is investigative units. We have put really decent size investigative units into these stations and, aside from giving you original content that your competitors don’t have and that you absolutely need in today’s world, it also gets everybody in the newsroom focused again on enterprise journalism. So, having journalists in your newsroom that are constantly breaking stories gets the other reporters breaking stories and working beats. It helps create a culture of enterprise reporting.

Tribune Names Patricia Golden VP of Sales

tribune broadcastingPatricia Golden has been named vice president of sales at Tribune Broadcasting. In her new role, which begins April 14, Golden will oversee sales at Tribune’s 42 owned or operated stations.

“Patty is a dynamic and strategic sales leader, well known in the industry for delivering successful media strategies and solutions to advertisers, and inspiring sales teams. Patty will be an incredible asset to Tribune and I look forward to having her join the team,” Tribune Broadcasting senior vice president of sales Angela Betasso said in a statement.

Golden joins Tribune from WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, where she has been senior vice president of sales since 2005. She previously worked as the local sales manager for WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago.

Susan Carlson Named Reporter, Fill-In Anchor at WMAQ

susan carlsonAfter several months freelancing at NBC-owned WMAQ, Susan Carlson has been named a full time reporter and fill-in anchor at the Chicago station, Robert Feder reports.

“I’m extremely delighted that Susan will be joining us full-time,” WMAQ vice president of news Frank Whittaker told Feder. “She’s a born and bred Chicagoan who knows our city and suburbs well. Her years of local reporting will be a great addition to our staff.”

Carlson began appearing on WMAQ in July, two months after she was released from WBBM, the CBS-owned station in Chicago.

Chicago Meteorologist Twitter Bullies Rival over Forecast

Apparently Jerry Taft, meteorologist for Chicago ABC owned station WLS, was on vacation when the region was hit by a snowstorm.

Taft noticed Brant Miller, meteorologist for cross town rival NBC owned station WMAQ, predicted a lot more snow than the three to six inches delivered. So he tweeted out a screen shot of Miller telling Chicago viewers about the snow dump that never came.

Like any good bullyfest going down behind the 7-Eleven after school, WCNC chief meteorologist Brad Panovich got in a long distance shot from the Charlotte, NC NBC affiliate. So much for the brotherhood of the peacock. Read more

Tamara Leitner Joins WMAQ in Chicago

tamara leitnerTamara Leitner is joining WMAQ in Chicago as a member of the NBC-owned station’s investigative unit, Robert Feder reports.

Leitner most recently worked at WCBS, the CBS-owned station in New York City. Before that, she spent more than a decade at KPHO, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, where she won multiple awards for her investigative work. She is a former contestant on “Survivor.”

Leitner officially joins WMAQ next week, according to Feder.

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