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Man Charged with Telling Police He Didn’t Yell Obscenity During WNEP Live Shot


A Scranton, Pa. man has been charged with lying to police about video bombing a WNEP reporter during a live shot.

The Times-Tribune reports, Tyrone Parker, has been charged with falsifying reports after telling police he didn’t yell the lame-o phrase “f#$k her right in the pu%%y!” while Stacy Lange was wrapping up her report on the Scranton ABC affiliate.. He later admitted it was him.

“Lackawanna College joins the community in being disturbed by the behavior of our former student,” Wendy Hinton, Lackawanna College director of external relations, told the Times-Tribune. “The College takes its role of fostering a culture of civility and respect very seriously. As multiple YouTube videos demonstrate, this action was not the result of an original thought, but rather the latest attempt at a viral video prank that speaks to a disturbing trend in our country.”

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Lauren Victory Joins Hartford’s WTIC

lauren victory_304x200Lauren Victory is joining WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, as a general assignment reporter.

Victory moves to Hartford from WPTZ in Burlington, where she has been a video journalist and reporter since 2011. She has also worked at WICU in Chicago, WLNS in Lansing and WNEP in Scranton.

Victory, a Long Island native, has previously worked as a booker for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She began her career at WABC-AM in New York City. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

WNEP Reporter Gets Face Full of Purse in Interview Attempt

A woman who admitted to posting nude photos of her husband’s girlfriend online did not take kindly to WNEP reporter Bill Wadell trying to get an interview as she came out of court.

First she tried the old “take the microphone” bit. When that didn’t work, she went to her purse and used it to hit the reporter for the Scranton ABC affiliate right in the face.

[FTVLive]

Scranton ABC Affiliate Refuses to Air Dunder Mifflin Ad During the Oscars

WNEP, the ABC affiliate in Scranton, is refusing to air an ad for Dunder Mifflin (video above) during the Oscars on Sunday, “most likely because the fictional brand is too connected to rival network NBC,” AdWeek reports:

A de-fictionalized version of [NBC's "The Office"] paper brand has been sold in real life since 2011 by Staples-owned Quill.com, thanks to a licensing partnership with NBCUniversal. A Quill.com representative tells Adweek that WNEP won’t air the Dunder Mifflin ad “apparently because of the brand’s NBC ties”. WNEP declined to comment on whether it had rejected the ad, citing corporate policy.

Dunder Mifflin aired a similar ad during the Super Bowl on WYOU, Scranton’s CBS affiliate.

Veteran News Director Paul Stueber Dies

Paul Stueber, a local television veteran who has worked as news director at stations across the country, died December 25 after a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Stueber was a former news director at WBRE and WNEP in Scranton, WEWS in Cleveland, WCIX (now WFOR) in Miami, KWTV in Oklahoma City, WMAR in Baltimore and WEEK in Peoria.

“Paul was the leader in many newsrooms during his time. He paved the way for many broadcast journalists to be successful in the television news business,” a memorial post on WNEP’s Facebook page reads. “He could be tough to deal with times … but he did make us all better at what we do.”

WNEP Reports on Child Sex Charges Against Anchor’s Husband: ‘This is a very difficult night for us here’

Scranton ABC affiliate WNEP offered a candid look at a story that hit very close to home on Wednesday’s evening newscast (video above).

“This is a very difficult night for us here at the news station,” anchor Scott Schaffer said. “We learned this afternoon that Mark Kandel, the husband of Newswatch 16′s Marisa Burke, was arrested on charges of sex abuse involving a minor.” Read more

First on Scene: WNEP Anchor Remembers Flight 93

WNEP anchor Jon Meyer remembered being the first reporter on the scene of the crash of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.  Speaking this weekend at a memorial service at the Shanksville, PA field where the plane went down, the anchor for the ABC affiliate in Scranton, shared his memories of that day with a large crowd that included victims’ families, according to the Citizens’ Voice.

 ”My first words were, ‘The only way to describe this scene is haunting,’” Meyer recalled Monday. “I could hear it in my voice all these years later, knowing I stood right next to where so many people died.”

Meyer said, at the time he was a 24-year old reporter working for WJAC in Johnstown.

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Bears Invade WNEP During 11 p.m. Newscast

WNEP had some unexpected visitors during its 11 p.m. newscast on Monday.

Just before meteorologist Kurt Aaron was to appear live from the station’s weather backyard on Monday night, four bears (one mother and three cubs) descended on the outdoor space.

“I ran like I stole something,” Aaron said during the newscast, after seeking safety indoors. “No offense, but I don’t want to be doing the weather with four bears.” Video inside… Read more

WNEP Promotes Carl Abraham to News Director

Carl Abraham has been promoted to news director at WNEP in Scranton.

For Abraham, the promotion comes after nearly three decades with the ABC-affiliate.  He started with WNEP in 1983 as an assignment editor and since then he has moved up the newsroom ranks, working as a show producer, assignment manager, and assistant news director.

“Carl’s knowledge of our market and our strengths, coupled with his work ethic and passion for news, make him the very best person to lead Newswatch16 into the future,” WNEP president and general manager Chuck Morgan said in announcing the promotion.

Erik Schrader Named WTNH News Director

Erik Schrader, currently the news director at WNEP in Scranton, has been tapped to lead the newsroom at New Haven’s WTNH.

“Erik’s experience and hard-hitting style make him the ideal person to lead our news operation,” said Mark Higgins, vice president and general manager of WTNH-WCTX, in announcing the move. “He specializes in aggressive local news that always reflects the ‘voice of the people.’ I’m excited to have him join the team.”

Schrader fills a position that was vacated last November when Kirk Varner left the station to become news director at WKRC in Cincinnati.

During his time at WNEP, Schrader helped launch digital subchannel WNEP2, which features two and a half hours of local news programming each day, and oversaw the station’s transition to HD. Before joining WNEP, he held the news director post at KODE in Joplin, MO and WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA.

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