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Gannett Broadcasting President Wins RTDNF First Amendment Award

dave lougeeDave Lougee, the president of Gannett Broadcasting, is the 2014 winner of the RTDNF’s First Amendment Leadership Award.

Lougee joined Gannett in 2007 from Belo Corporation, where he was the executive vice president of media operations. He is a former general manager and news director of KING in Seattle. He also worked as news director at WRC in Washington, D.C. and KUSA in Denver.

The First Amendment Leadership Award is given annually to a business or government leader that has contributed significantly to the protection of the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

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“This award has been given to some of the most influential journalists of our time and shines a spotlight on the rights we hold dear. Dave, through his leadership, sets a terrific example for our broadcast journalists as they fight to protect First Amendment rights,” Gannett president and CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement. “I congratulate Dave on this important and well-deserved honor.”

Washington, D.C. Stations Break In to Cover Shootings at Navy Yard

After shots were reported around 8:20 a.m. ET this morning at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C., local stations broke into to regular programming with coverage at around 8:30 a.m.  After brief updates, most of the stations went back to the network morning shows then returned for wall-to-wall coverage near the top of the hour.

First on-air with the news was FOX owned station WTTG. Anchor Tony Perkins was already on-air with the “FOX 5 Morning News” when he tossed to Allison Seymour at 8:35 a.m. Seymour gave viewers a quick update before returning to the regular morning show.

Next up was NBC owned station WRC which broke in to NBC’s “Today” show at 8:39 a.m. Anchors Eun Yang and Aaron Gilchrist updated viewers from the studio on the developing situation.

CBS affiliate WUSA broke in to a commercial break at 8:47 a.m. during “CBS This Morning.” Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck anchored from the studio. WUSA also told viewers they could get updates on the breaking news from the station’s facebook and twitter feeds.

At 8:50 a.m., ABC affiliate WJLA broke in to “Good Morning America” with Jummy Olabanji anchoring from the studio. She quickly tossed to reporter Sam Ford who was live at the scene by phone. Ford said he lived close-by the scene and came over when he heard “all sorts of racket.” WJLA stayed on-air the rest of the morning.

One development worth watching was the use of social media by the stations. One example was WTTG @myfoxdc which kept viewers updated via twitter. See one of their tweets after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Todd Santos Set to Join WIVB

Meteorologist Todd Santos is joining Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, according to The Buffalo News Alan Pergament.

Santos will join the station from The Weather Channel, where he has worked as an on-camera meteorologist since 2009. He has previously worked at NBC and MSNBC, as well as WLTX in Columbia, S.C.

Santos fills the spot on the weather team that has been vacant since Amelia Segal joined WRC in Washington, D.C. It has not been officially announced which newscasts he will appear on, though Pergament speculates it could be mornings.

WRC Sports Director Dan Hellie to Join NFL Network

WRC sports director Dan Hellie is leaving the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. to join the NFL Network. He will begin next month as the host of “NFL Total Access,” the network’s signature show.

“Coming from the D.C. market where he covered one of the league’s most storied franchises for a number of years, Dan brings a unique perspective along with his reporting skills and on-camera presence,” NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger said in a statement.

Hellie joined WRC in 2006. He has previously worked in Orlando, West Palm Beach and Florence, S.C.

“It’s been an unbelievable ride spending seven years in my hometown covering the teams I grew up rooting for,” Hellie said. “I never thought I was going to leave, but the opportunity to be a part of the NFL Network and be able to cover the NFL on a daily basis was impossible to pass up.”

WRC to Stream Weekday Newscasts Online

WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., will begin streaming all weekday newscasts online Monday.

“We are excited to bring News4’s #1-rated newscasts to our growing digital audience,”  Wendy Warren, WRC editorial manager for digital, said in a statement. “This streaming experience will complement NBCWashington’s growing suite of mobile apps, social presence, and web content.”

All the broadcasts available online — including newscasts at 4:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. — will include closed captioning.

Zachary Kiesch Joins WRC’s Prince George’s County Bureau

Zachary Kiesch is moving into a new role as an on-air reporter at WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. He will be based in the station’s Prince George’s County Bureau.

Kiesch joined the station in 2010. In his off-camera role, he has been shooting and writing feature stories for WRC’s sports department and evening newscasts. He has also worked as a producer on “District Matters,” WRC’s community affairs program.

“For the last three years, Zachary has been working hard to learn all he could to fulfill his dream of reporting,” WRC vice president of news Mike Goldrick said in a note to staffers. “I think we can all say that it’s paid off.  His style, his eagerness and his commitment are impressive and will serve him well as he joins our Prince George’s County Bureau.”

Scott MacFarlane Joins WRC

Reporter Scott MacFarlane is joining WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., vice president of news Mike Goldrick announced today.

“For the past eight years, Scott has been a Washington Bureau reporter for the COX stations, focusing on investigative stories impacting the markets where COX has stations.  He understands enterprise reporting and the importance of digging for stories,” Goldrick wrote in a memo to WRC staffers.

Before joining Cox, MacFarlane was a reporter at WOIO in Cleveland, WWJ in Detroit and WTVH in Syracuse.

Former WRC Reporter Edward Hotaling Dies

Edward Hotaling, a former reporter for WRC in Washington, D.C., has died of a heart attack. Hotaling was best known for his interview with Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder, a CBS Sports commentator who was fired from the network after the interview, according to the New York Times:

Mr. Hotaling (pronounced HO-tail-ing) was a television reporter at the NBC affiliate WRC-TV in Washington when he interviewed Mr. Snyder on Jan. 15, 1988, for a report commemorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Bumping into Mr. Snyder in a restaurant, Mr. Hotaling asked him to assess racial progress in professional sports.

Mr. Snyder’s reply careered into his theory that blacks were better athletes than whites because their slave ancestors had been “bred to be that way” and that soon “there’s not going to be anything left for the white people” in sports. The comment created a national stir and got him fired by CBS. He died in 1996.

Hotaling was also known for his discovery of archival pay stubs that showed how much construction on the White House and the U.S. Capitol had been done by African-American slave laborers. He found the documentation in the Treasury Department archives while researching the 200th anniversary of both buildings in 2000.

Bob Ryan Announces Retirement From WJLA

After more than three decades as a meteorologist in Washington, D.C., Bob Ryan will retire from ABC affiliate WJLA next month, The Washington Post reports.

Ryan was chief meteorologist at NBC-owned WRC from 1980-2010. He joined Allbritton’s WJLA, where he is the 11 p.m. meteorologist, in 2010.

In an interview with the Post, Ryan said he is planning to continue writing and blogging about the weather, possibly even filling in on WJLA from time to time. He said Allbritton’s recent announcement that it is exploring a sale of its television stations contributed to his decision.

“I made the decision [to retire] before the new owner gets here,” Ryan said.

Matt Glassman, Catherine Snyder Promoted WRC in Washington, D.C.

Two promotions at WRC in Washington, D.C.: Matt Glassman has been named assistant news director and Catherine Snyder has been named managing editor at the NBC-owned station.

Glassman has worked at WRC for 13 years, most recently as manager of news, press and programming. He has also worked as coordinating producer of special projects and on the assignment desk.

Snyder has been senior manager of content at WRC since 2008. She has previously worked at CNBC and MSNBC, as well as WUSA, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC.

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