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George Zimmerman Looks to Another Orlando TV Analyst for Representation in Trayvon Martin Case

George Zimmerman has replaced one Orlando television analyst with another as his legal representation in the Trayvon Martin case.

Zimmerman has hired Mark O’Mara, a legal analyst for CBS-affiliate WKMG. Zimmerman was dropped as a client on Tuesday by Hal Uhrig, a former WOFL legal analyst, and Craig Sonner. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge.

In a WMKG interview on Tuesday night — before he was hired by Zimmerman — O’Mara said Uhrig’s decision to step down presented a serious challenge in the case. Read more

WOFL Faces Backlash After Referring to Neo-Nazis as a ‘Civil Rights Group’

At the top of its 10 p.m. newscast on Saturday, Orlando Fox O&O WOFL reported that a “civil rights group” was starting to make its presence felt in Sanford, FL, where racial tensions have escalated following the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

The “civil rights group” at the center of reporter Jennifer Bisram‘s piece: the National Socialist Movement, an apparent neo-Nazi organization.

WOFL’s labeling of the National Socialist Movement–which has a swastika in its official insignia–as a “civil rights group” has drawn the ire of social affairs activists and bloggers, who believe that the station was negligent in its characterization of the organization. Read more

Orlando TV Analyst Joins George Zimmerman’s Legal Team

Hal Uhrig, a Florida attorney and television analyst, has joined George Zimmerman‘s legal team.

Uhrig appeared frequently on Orlando Fox O&O WOFL during last year’s Casey Anthony coverage. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he is not a station employee and he will not be contributing to the station in an analyst role until his involvement in the Trayvon Martin case is over. He and Zimmerman’s other attorney, Craig Sonner, appeared together on WOFL’s evening newscast yesterday. Read more

WOFL’s Valerie Boey: George Zimmerman’s Father Seemed ‘Tired, Stressed’

WOFL reporter Valerie Boey is speaking out on how she landed an exclusive interview with George Zimmerman‘s father, Robert.

“He emailed me,” Boey told the Orlando Sentinel. “I thought at first, ‘I’m not going to get  my hopes up.’ I went and met him in a public place. I asked to see his ID. I asked, ‘Why me?’ He said, ‘Because I trust you.’ He watches us all the time.”

Boey said Robert Zimmerman seemed “very tired, stressed.” Read more

George Zimmerman’s Father Tells WOFL Trayvon Martin Beat His Son, Threatened His Life

In his first interview since the Trayvon Martin shooting, George Zimmerman‘s father told WOFL that Martin beat his son and threatened his life.

Robert Zimmerman‘s face was not revealed in the 20-minute interview with Valerie Boey, which aired on the Fox O&O’s 10 p.m. newscast yesterday (watch above). Read more

Jacksonville Newsers Hosting ‘Anchorman’-Inspired Street Fight

Like so many of your fellow local newsers, if you love the cult classic “Anchorman,” then you may want to head to Jacksonville, Florida this weekend.

In the spirit of the film, numerous Jax TV,  print, and radio newsrooms–including folks from WJXT, WTEV-WAWS, and First Coast News–are fielding teams to face off in tomorrow’s News Room Street Fight.  Journos will participate in a charity dodge ball tournament to benefit the Jacksonville Police Athletic League, with special appearances by Jacksonville Jaguars players Eben Britton and Rashad Jennings , and Ron Burgundy himself (sorry, no Will Ferrell – it’ll be a local actor dressed up).

Street Fight co-organizer Melissa Ross, a WJCT-FM anchor and former WOFL anchor, says that “since no one can forget the trident in the ‘Anchorman’ fight scene, an authentic golden trident trophy will be awarded to the winning news team!” Read more

Patrick Pegues ‘No Longer Employed’ At WOFL Following Arrest

WOFL reporter Patrick Pegues has been dropped from the station’s news team after he was arrested and charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm on Monday night.

“Pegues is no longer employed with Fox35,” reads a brief statement on the website for the Fox O&O in Orlando.

Witnesses report seeing Pegues firing a gun while walking a dog on East Michigan Street in Orlando on Monday night. The Orlando Sentinel reports a 9mm semi-automatic gun was later taken from Pegues, who said he had a concealed weapons permit and had been protecting himself.

No injuries were reported, although there was damage to a car in the area where the gunshot was heard. Read more

Meteorologist Jayme King Joining WOFL

Meteorologist Jayme King is leaving KSAZ in Phoenix for Fox sister station WOFL in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

A South Florida native, King has been with KSAZ since 2004 and currently serves as the station’s weekend meteorologist.

King will be replacing Jim Van Fleet, who recently left WOFL after 10 years with the station to become the chief meteorologist at WTSP in Tampa.

While Van Fleet started with his new station this week, WOFL has yet to designate a start date for King.

Meteorologist Leslie Hudson Returning to Florida TV

Leslie Hudson, a former meteorologist at Orlando NBC-affiliate WESH, is returning to Florida television on a freelance basis at rival station WOFL, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“It’s very part time, but I am very excited,” she wrote. “Can’t wait to track the radar again! Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes, they worked!”

Hudson worked at WPBF in West Palm Beach and WSVN in Miami before joining Orlando’s Central Florida News 13 in 1998. She joined WESH in 2001, spending six years at the station. Most recently, she has worked as the weekend meteorologist for a local radio in Orlando.

Hudson will handle the weekend forecasts for WOFL beginning in December.

Mike Dunston Set to Join WEWS Morning Newscast

Five months after dismantling the morning newscast, Cleveland ABC-affiliate WEWS has placed the finishing touches on a new team. The station today named Mike Dunston the newscast’s co-anchor.

Dunston will anchor with Macie McInnis Jepson, who was hired last month. The pair will be joined by meteorologist Christine Ferreira, traffic reporter Alicia Roberts and multimedia journalist Josh Boose on the newscast, which will debut January 9.

Dunston joins WEWS after four years at WOFL in Orlando, where he is part of a team that anchors more than 5 hours of morning news a day. Read more

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