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The Ice Desk: It’s What Stations are Wearing this Winter

It seems a historical record of sorts is being created of what appears to be the recent trend of stations sending their anchors out into the freezing cold to report the news from behind desks made of ice.

With thanks to Poynter and TVSpy rival FTVLive, we cobbled together our own list of stations jumping on the ice trend.

We started our journey this year with Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC.

Then Washington, DC, CBS affiliate WUSA got in on the act.

Here’s one from Green Bay FOX affiliate WLUK:

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Meteorologist Valerie Smock Joins WPXI

valerie smock wpxiMeteorologist Valerie Smock is joining WPXI, Cox Media’s NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, next month.

Smock joins WPXI from AccuWeather, where she has worked since 2010. before that, she worked at stations in Toledo, Youngstown and Great Falls, Mont.

“From the start, we recognized Valerie’s ability to forecast and communicate the weather story on air. When we got to know her work ethic and her personality, we knew she’d be a great fit,” news director Mike Oliveira said in a statement.

More from WPXI after the jump. Read more

WATCH: WPXI Crew Member Makes Cameo Appearance During News

WPXI evening anchor David Johnson had an unexpected visitor on set during the 11:00 p.m. newscast Friday night.

Coming out of the break, while the anchor for the Pittsburgh, PA, NBC affiliate was reading a story about a man who used a taxi as a getaway car for a bank robbing spree, a crew member, identified on Johnson’s facebook page as George, wandered on set behind the anchor. Johnson noticed and smiled, but continued reading while George made his way off set.

Johnson’s comment on facebook seemed to sum up the crew member’s brush with fame, “Hey, it’s live TV.”

CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester Joins WPXI

After nine years at CNN, Lisa Sylvester is joining WPXI, Cox Media’s NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh.

Sylvester officially joins the station in October. She will co-anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, as well as the 10 p.m. newscast on Pittsburgh Fox affiliate WPGH, alongside David Johnson. She replaces Darieth Chisolm, who is leaving the station to spend more time with her family.

“We’re lucky to find such a perfect fit for our newsroom,” WPXI news director Mike Oliveira said. “Lisa is not only a great journalist, but a great person. I know she’s ready to work hard and invest in this station and this city. I know our viewers will recognize and appreciate that.”

At CNN, Sylvester was the cut-in anchor and correspondent for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Before that, she worked at ABC News. More from WPXI after the jump. Read more

WPXI Expands Noon News

Starting Monday, WPXI Noon news will be a half hour longer, ending at 1:00 p.m.

Mike Oliveira, news director for the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate, told TVSpy, “I’m excited for our team to get going on it and be the first in this time slot.”

The expanded show will still be anchored by Peggy Finnegan, Joe Arena and meteorologist Kevin Benson.

“The Doctors” which aired at 12:30 p.m. moves to 1:00 p.m., the fourth hour of “Today” now airs at 2:00 p.m. while “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” goes away.

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After 20 Years, Darieth Chisolm Resigns From WPXI

WPXI has announced longtime anchor Darieth Chisolm will be leaving the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate between late August and late September.

“Darieth came to us and said she wanted to resign and spend more time with her family,” WPXI news director Mike Oliveira said in a statement. “Quite frankly, we were shocked. Darieth has been a remarkable talent for Channel 11 for 20 years and a key part of the station’s success at 11 p.m. We will miss her.”

Chisolm explained one of the reasons she was leaving was she wanted to spend more time with her son, who is headed for his last year in High School. “I want to spend as much time with him as possible. I also have a growing and expanding business, speaking and coaching engagements and lots to do in my next 20 years, so it’s time to make this transition.” Read more

Katherine Amenta to Join WPXI as Morning Anchor

WPXI has announced Katherine Amenta will co-anchor the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate’s morning news alongside current anchor Joe Arena starting in August.

“Katherine is going to be a fantastic addition to the morning team,” said WPXI news director Mike Oliveira in a statement. “In addition to being a strong anchor and journalist, she’s the type of person who will have a positive effect on our newsroom and our community.”

Amenta comes from WJLA in Washington, D.C. She has also worked for WMDT in Salisbury, MD.

“I am joining an amazing team,” said Amenta. “I’m very lucky to have so many family and friends nearby. I already have Pirates fever and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds!”

Jennifer Abney No Longer With WPXI

WPXI morning anchor Jennifer Abney is no longer with the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate.

WPXI vice president and general manager Ray Carter confirmed Abney’s departure, telling TVSpy, “She was a real spark plug in our newsroom. We’ll miss her energy and professionalism.”

According to a TVEyes search, Abney was last on-air Tuesday, June 25. There’s no word on where Abney is headed. She had been with the station for almost five years and had also worked in Mobile, AL, and Wilmington, NC.

“Behind the scenes, she made everyone feel a part of the morning team,” news director Mike Oliveira told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We wish her nothing but the best going forward.”

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Bob Morford Named News Director at KRIV

Bob Morford has been named vice president and news director at KRIV, the Fox O&O in Houston. His appointment is effective immediately.

Morford joined KRIV as assistant news director last year. He replaces Tom Doerr, who left KRIV to be the news director at WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago, in February.

“Bob has proven himself to be a valuable member of our news team. He has lead our news innovation efforts and has shown me that he is the right person for the job,” KRIV VP-GM D’Artagnan Bebel said in a statement. “His leadership style, creativity and engaging personality have earned him praise from countless members of our team.”

Before joining KRIV, Morford worked as news director for WCPO in Cincinnati, KNXV in Phoenix, WPXI in Pittsburgh and WLWT in Cincinnati.

Reporter Joe Holden to Join WPXI

After eight years at WBRE in Scranton, Joe Holden is joining WPXI in Pittsburgh, according to the Times Leader.

Holden, a member of WBRE’s investigative team, will sign off from the station on June 27. He begins in Pittsburgh July 1.

“I like talking with people. I love telling their stories, and I really have a special place in my heart for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. … There’s something really unique about this place, and that’s what’s kept me here nearly eight years,” Holden told the Times Leader.

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