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Meteorologist Laura Velasquez Joining KDVR

LAURA VELASQUEZMeteorologist Laura Velasquez is leaving WOOD in Grand Rapids to join KDVR in Denver, mlive.com reports:

“I’ve loved my time at WOOD TV,” she said. “They believed in my talent and passion right from the start and gave me the platform and encouragement to grow as a meteorologist, broadcaster and professional.”

Velasquez is looking forward to joining KDVR-TV, the FOX TV affiliate in Denver, the 17th largest TV market with more than 1.5 million viewers. “I wanted to stay in a ‘weather’ market – somewhere where the weather is challenging,” she said. “I’ll get to forecast everything from blizzards to tornadoes and everything in between.”

“Forecasting is going to be different at first, but I’m ready and looking forward to it,” Velasquez said.

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WOOD Changing Anchors at 11:00 PM

shaw_wood_croppedSusan Shaw is being replaced by Marlee Ginter on the WOOD 11:00 p.m. news

According to MLive.com, Shaw is reducing her workload on to spend more time with her family.

“I’m thrilled to be making this schedule change and, more importantly, my family is too,” Shaw told MLive. “I’ll have the opportunity to report more through the day in addition to all my anchoring duties and still be home with my family at night.”

Shaw, who started at the Grand Rapids, MI, NBC affiliate in 1994, will stay on as the anchor for 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 pm. and will also begin anchoring the Noon news starting today.

WOOD Ups Koco McAboy to Reporter

WOOD has announced the promotion of Koco McAboy to reporter.

McAboy started at the Grand Rapids, MI, NBC affiliate as an associate producer in February and began reporting for the station on weekends and contributing to woodtv.com. She was officially made reporter on August 1.

“The station is known for excellence and great investigative work, and I can’t express how thrilled I am to join the WOOD TV8 team,” said McAboy in a statement.  “I hope to use my Spanish language skills to cover stories about the Latino community, and look forward to working in West Michigan.”

Heather Walker Joins WOOD in Grand Rapids

Heather Walker has joined WOOD, the Grand Rapids NBC affiliate, as a reporter.

“WOOD-TV has such a great reputation around the country for its investigative work,” said Walker. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the team and to start telling West Michigan’s stories that matter.”

Walker comes to WOOD from CBS affiliate KIMA in Yakima, WA where she was an investigative reporter and anchor.

According to MLive.com, Walker is expected to make her debut on the WOOD news at 10 and 11 p.m. sometime next week.

Sportscaster Casey Jones Returns to Grand Rapids

Casey Jones has joined WOOD, the NBC-affiliate in Grand Rapids, as the weekend sports anchor.

Jones, a Grand Rapids native, joins WOOD after a year as a multimedia journalist at WSJV, the Fox-affiliate in South Bend. Prior to that, he was a part-time member of the WOOD sports department.

“When you grow up watching a station and get into the business because of the people who represent that station, it’s really surreal to think that you’re now a part of that pedigree,” Jones said. “I’ve always imagined myself at WOOD TV and it’s a dream come true to be back home.”

WOOD’s Jason Terzis Leaving Grand Rapids

After almost 15 years at WOOD, sports anchor Jason Terzis is leaving the Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate.

Terzis told mlive.com he wants to spend more time with his children, who are starting school in September. His family is moving to Charlotte at the end of the summer.

“It has nothing to do with my job and the people at TV8, but it has everything to do with my family and my schedule,” he said. “What I’ve been doing is my dream job. What’s really led to this decision, though, is I’ve worked every weekend for the past 20 years.” Read more

In Grand Rapids, WOOD Adds 4:30 a.m. Newscast

Starting Monday, Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate WOOD will start the morning newscast at 4:30 a.m.

“We’re responding to changes in viewers’ habits being seen all over the country,” news director Rebecca Sapakie said in a statement. “Our entire team will be here ready to go at 4:30 a.m.”

WOOD’s normal morning team — anchors Emily Linnert and Brett Thomas (pictured) and meteorologist Terri DeBoer — will helm the extra half-hour.

In Grand Rapids, WOOD Makes HD Debut

WOOD, an NBC-affiliate serving Southwestern Michigan, began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition over the weekend, starting with Saturday’s 6 p.m. newscast.

“What we do for our viewers isn’t changing,” WOOD news director Rebecca Sapakie said, in announcing the station’s HD launch. “24 Hour News 8 will continue to lead the way in breaking news, investigative reporting and severe weather coverage. Only now it will be in high definition.”

WOOD is the third station in the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo market to go HD, following Fox-affiliate WXMI and CBS-affiliate WWMT.

LIN Stations Restored For Mediacom Subscribers

After nearly six weeks, Mediacom customers have access to nine LIN Media-owned stations that have been dark while the two parties negotiate their retransmission agreement.

The stations were restored late Friday night after a deal was struck. Mediacom and LIN Media have been in ongoing negotiations since August 31, but terms of the final deal were not disclosed.

The stations affected were WALA-WFNA in Mobile, WOOD-WOTV in Grand Rapids, WANE in Fort Wayne, WLUK in Green Bay, WTHI in Terre Haute and WLFI in Layfayette, IN, and  WAVY and WVBT, both in in Norfolk, VA.

Marlee Ginter to Debut as WOOD 10 p.m. Anchor

Marlee Ginter, who recently left her post as weekend morning anchor at KOMO, is set to debut as co-anchor of WOOD‘s weekday 10 p.m. newscast, alongside Brian Sterling.

According to the Grand Rapids Press, Ginter began reporting for WOOD’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts this week and will be at the 10 p.m. anchor desk beginning on Monday.

Before her time with KOMO, Ginter worked as a reporter for WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, where she was named “Reporter of the Year” by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association for her investigative reporting.

“Marlee’s experience with breaking news and investigative reporting is a perfect fit for 24 Hour News 8,” WOOD news director Rebecca Sapakie said. “I know her experience will only serve to benefit our viewers and this community.”

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