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Former Macon Anchor Files Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Georgia National Guard

wmaz whistleblowerA former news news anchor for Macon CBS station WMAZ claims she was fired from her job with the Georgia National Guard after raising questions about ethics, according to a lawsuit filed July 24th. Mary Therese Grabowski, who was a WMAZ anchor for eight years, says within months of joining the Georgia Guard as a civilian public affairs officer, she began raising questions about improper and potentially unethical decisions made by Adjutant General Jim Butterworth:

“…questions like why Butterworth used Guard resources to organize a fundraiser for a private medical center.

Grabowski also claims she also questioned why Butterworth was attending an air show in Paris at a time when military furloughs and cuts were expected. She says she was told Butterworth would be a guest of the governor’s office, but later discovered he had stayed days after the governor left Paris.

Additionally, Grabowski claims she was asked by Butterworth’s wife to promote an event for country music singer Kaley Caperton, a personal friend of the Butterworths.”

Watch WMAZ’s report after the jump. Read more

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WATCH: Macon Reporter Says What He Really Thinks about Live Shots On Air


WMAZ reporter Randall Savage committed two viral video worthy fouls in one live shot during the Macon CBS affiliate’s noon newscast last Thursday.

“This is going to be the death of me, these live shots,” Savage could be heard saying after anchor Kenny Burgamy tossed to him standing live at the Macon-Bibb County Board of elections building. Savage then stood silent for a few seconds before saying, “I’m on? Now?”

According to his station bio, Savage came to the station in 2001 after 29 years with the Macon Telegraph. He won a Pultizer Prize in 1985.

Leah Johnson Signs Off From WMAZ

Leah Johnson is leaving WMAZ, the CBS affiliate in Macon, Ga., to spend more time with her family. Johnson has co-anchored the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Frank Malloy since 2006.

“Just taking a little break from the news business in order to focus on the little one. My daughter Emory is almost two — she’ll be two next week,” Johnson said during her final broadcast (video above). “.. I’ll see everyone on Facebook. Everybody’s on Facebook these days.”

Former WMAZ News Director Bill Tribble Dies

Bill Tribble, who was the news director at Macon CBS-affiliate WMAZ for two decades, died on Friday after suffering from cancer. He was 80.

Tribble joined the station, which at the time was a combined radio and television news operation, as a county reporter in 1959. He was named news director in 1963, a position he held for 20 years. In 1983, he took over as executive editor in charge of editorial programming and special projects.

Tribble also served as the host of WMAZ’s weekly interview program, “Close Up,” for more than 20 years. He retired in 1994.

Morning Anchor David Earl Makes His WMAZ Debut

David Earl has joined WMAZ, the CBS-affiliate in Macon, GA, as morning and midday anchor.

Earl is a Chicago-area native who has spent the last two years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO. He began today as anchor of the morning and noon newscasts, and he will also serve as a multimedia journalist for WMAZ.

“Everyone has been really, really nice, very friendly. I’m not used to people asking questions about me. We’re kind of brisk up in Chicago,” Earl joked during his introduction on Friday’s evening newscast. “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” Read more

In Fort Myers, WINK Adds Three New Reporters

Three new reporters are joining the ranks at Fort Myers CBS-affiliate WINK, according to the News-Press.

Florida native Stephanie Susskind (pictured) began April 18. Susskind returns to her home state from WMAZ, the CBS-affiliate in Macon, GA, where she anchored the morning newscast.

Sarah Robarge will begin at WINK in mid-May. She has been a general assignment reporter at TV3, the ABC-affiliate in Winchester, VA, since 2010.

Kristen Skovira will also join WINK this Summer. She previously anchored and produced the morning newscast at KGWN, the CBS-affiliate in Cheyenne.

Jaime McCutcheon Hired As WFXI-WYDO Anchor

Jaime McCutcheon has left WOWT for WFXI-WYDO in North Carolina. She will be the primary evening anchor on the Fox affiliate.

McCutcheon has been the weekend anchor at WOWT, the NBC affiliate in Omaha, for the past five years. She  has also spent time at WMAZ in Macon, GA, and KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD.

The WFXI-WYDO duopoly is operated by the Bonten Media Group and covers the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC, market. McCutcheon will co-anchor the 10 p.m. broadcast with Brian North.

McCutcheon is a University of Georgia graduate who plans to spend time at the beach with her husband and daughter when she’s not on the air.