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Meteorologist Kelly Heidbreder Joins WTVG in Toledo

Kelly Heidbreder has joined Toledo ABC-affiliate WTVG on an interim basis.

Heidbreder, who was most recently a reporter and meteorologist for rival WNWO, will work as a weekend meteorologist, according to the Toledo Blade.

“She is a candidate for the job to replace [meteorologist] Kristen Emery on mornings Saturday and Sunday,” executive news director Brian Trauring told the Blade. “We’re going to see how that goes. So far she’s off to a great start.”

Former D1 Athlete Named WNWO Sports Anchor

Therese Vinal, a former Division 1 volleyball player, is joining WNWO in Toledo as the station’s weekend sports anchor.

“Therese is a sparkplug! Her energy is infectious,” WNWO news director Amulya Raghuveer said, announcing the hiring.  “She’s bright, hard-working, and extremely personable.”

Vinal comes to WNWO after several years reporting and anchoring for Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, a high school sports show that airs on Comcast SportsNet California.   She played volleyball for four years at the University of Colorado, where she was named to the Big 12 Conference’s All-Academic First Team.

Abby Powell Joining WNWO as Morning Anchor

Abby Powell is set to join WNWO as a morning anchor.

A native of Ohio, Powell comes to the Toledo NBC-affiliate from KXII in Denison, TX, where she anchored the station’s a.m. newscast.

“Abby has a best friend quality about her.  You trust what she tells you and you want to spend time with her,” said Kathy Reynolds, Barrington Broadcasting’s regional news director, in announcing the hiring.  “I think she’s going to be a great leader in our newsroom.”

Powell’s first day at WNWO is set for June 25th. Read more

WEYI Hires Assistant News Director

WEYI has hired Neille Giffune as assistant news director.

In April, WEYI’s owner, Barrington Broadcasting, tapped news director Kathy Reynolds to oversee sister station WNWO in Toledo, in addition to leading the news department at the Flint NBC-affiliate.  Giffune will assist Reynolds as she splits time between both stations.

“Neille Giffune is a competitor,” said Becky Butcher, president and CEO of WEYI and WBSF, announcing the hiring.  “She understands effective leadership and isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and pitch in to get the job done.” Read more

Former WEWS and ONN Reporter Dies at 42

Brian McIntyre, who spent 18 years working as a reporter in markets around Ohio, died Sunday night following a battle with cancer. He was 42.

McIntyre spent most of his broadcasting career covering the news in his hometown of Cleveland, first with WEWS and last with local cable news station ONN. He also worked at WBNS in Columbus and WNWO in Toledo.

After eight years at ONN, McIntyre left TV in 2009 for a job as a a community relations specialist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Read more

WNWO Names Will Kunkel Sports Director

Toledo NBC-affiliate WNWO has hired Will Kunkel as its new sports director.

Kunkel comes to WNWO from KVRR, the Fox-affiliate in Fargo, ND.

“Will exudes tremendous leadership qualities. His commitment to local coverage on-air and online will raise our game,” WNWO news director Amulya Raghuveer said, announcing the move.

A graduate of Medill, Kunkel is replacing Eric Haubert at WNWO. His first day is set for June 4. Read more

WEYI News Director Kathy Reynolds Tapped to Oversee Toledo Sister Station WNWO

Kathy Reynolds, who last June was named news director at WEYI in Flint, has been tapped to oversee the news department at Barrington Broadcasting sister station WNWO in Toledo.

In her new role as regional news director, Reynolds will split time between Michigan and Ohio.

“Kathy has proven that she has a strong sense of how a newscast should look, and feel,” Barrington president and CEO Becky Butcher said today in an email announcing the move.

WEYI is now searching for an assistant news director to help Reynolds when she is in Toledo. Read more

Reporter Pole Dances During Morning Newscast

It’s not something shown very often on the morning news: pole dancing. But that didn’t stop Toledo NBC-affiliate WNWO from airing a pole dancing demonstration during its a.m. newscast on Monday.

After interviewing a local pole dancing fitness instructor, who showed off some of her moves, WNWO reporter Joe Galli dressed up in spandex and shiny leather boots and mounted a pole (video above). Read more

NBC Stations Across Ohio Teaming Up for Debate

NBC-affiliates across Ohio are partnering to present a statewide debate centered on Issue 2, a controversial state referendum up for repeal. The debate will be moderated by NBC News political director Chuck Todd and broadcast from Columbus on Tuesday, October 25th.

The debate will be carried by WLWT Cincinnati, WKYC Cleveland, WCMH Columbus, WDTN Dayton, WLIO Lima, WNWO Toledo, WTOV Wheeling-Steubenville, WFMJ Youngstown, and WHIZ Zanesville. It will also be streamed live on each of the stations’ websites. Read more

Pamela Osborne Jumps From Toledo to Cleveland, Joining WKYC

Pamela Osborne, who has been a reporter and fill-in anchor with Toledo’s WNWO for the past year, is joining Cleveland’s WKYC as an MMJ.

WKYC senior director Frank Macek announced the move on his behind-the-scenes blog on Tuesday.  Osborne is set to join the NBC-affiliate on August 15th.

A native of Detroit, Osborne interned as a photojournalist at HOM-TV in Okemos, MI before joining WNWO.

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