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Pittsburgh Stations Cover School Stabbing Spree

Stations in Pittsburgh broke in to network morning shows today with news of multiple stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

ABC affiliate WTAE was the first station to report the news, breaking in to “Good Morning America” at 7:44 a.m. Kelly Frey and Michelle Wright anchored, with Amber Nicotra reporting from the scene.

CBS-owned KDKA and NBC affiliate WPXI both reported the news at 7:56 a.m. Jennifer Antkowiak and Rick Dayton anchored coverage for KDKA, with Trina Orlando reporting from the scene. On WPXI, Joe Arena and Katherine Amenta anchored and Joe Holden reported from Franklin Regional High School.

Fox affiliate WPGH, which does not have a morning newscast, did not have coverage of the stabbings. WPGH’s primetime newscasts are produced by WPXI.

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Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin Joins WTAE

Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin is joining WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. He begins October 1 as the station’s morning and noon meteorologist.

MacLaughlin comes from WTNH in Hartford-New Haven, where he has worked since 2011. He has also worked at WPIX in New York City, KXAS in Dallas and WPHL in Philadelphia, as well as at The Weather Channel.

“From tropical storms to full-blown Nor’easters, Steve has tracked a wide variety of weather events,” WTAE president and general manager Charles W. Wolfertz III said in a statement. “His impressive experience forecasting storms will serve Pittsburghers well during severe weather.”

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Meteorologist Demetrius Ivory Joining WGN

Demetrius Ivory will be joining Chicago CW affiliate WGN as a morning meteorologist.

“As we expand our WGN Morning News to 10am, we look forward to Demetrius joining our ‘must watch’ Morning News,” WGN news director Greg Caputo said in a statement. “Demetrius brings a real enthusiasm for meteorology to his work.  His on-air personality and warmth will fit well with our Morning News team.”

Ivory, who will anchor the weather from 4:00 to 6:00 am on WGN, comes from WTAE in Pittsburgh where he was also the morning meteorologist. He’s also worked at WYTV in Youngstown, OH, and WOHL in Lima, OH.

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Sportscaster Ryan Recker Joins WTAE

Ryan Recker is joining WTAE as the morning sports anchor and reporter, the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate announced this afternoon. He begins July 18.

Recker, a Pittsburgh native, comes from KVOA in Tucson, where he has been the sports director for six years. He has also worked at WTOV in Stubenville, Ohio.

“When Ryan first visited us he made an immediate connection with our newsroom, especially the morning team. WTAE is happy to see a home-grown storyteller come back to Pittsburgh in this role,” news director Justin Antoniotti said in a statement.

Janelle Hall Named Noon Anchor at WTAE

Janelle Hall has been named anchor of the 12 p.m. newscast at WTAE, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh.

“An accomplished journalist and skilled live broadcaster, Janelle is a great fit for the Noon newscast. In addition to her professional background Janelle has a proven relationship with Pittsburgh news viewers,” WTAE GM Charles W. Wolfertz III said in a statement.

Hall joined WTAE in 2004 as a reporter. She moved to weekend morning anchor in 2007 and moved to weekdays as the traffic and breaking news anchor for the morning newscast last year. She will continue in that role as she adds the noon newscast to her responsibilities.

Hall replaces Sally Wiggin, who is taking over as host of “WTAE Chronicle.”

Sally Wiggin Leaving WTAE Anchor Desk

WTAE has announced noon anchor Sally Wiggin will transition from the anchor desk to hosting “WTAE Chronicle.”

“Stations have to think of the future and they want me to be a part of that and that’s validating,” Wiggin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “When you get to this age, you want to be challenged because it’s good for your brain. This will challenge me in a way reading a TelePrompTer was not.”

“WATE Chronicle” is an ongoing series of news specials featuring in-depth reporting about Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Wiggin will continue to report for the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate and will anchor “WTAE Black & Gold Primetime,” the station’s pre-game show for its Pittsburgh Steelers’ games.

“Sally embodies one of the most significant careers in Pittsburgh journalism,” said WTAE president and general manager Charles W. Wolfertz III. “In her over 33 years of service to Pittsburgh on WTAE she has become a household name. She is a born story teller and WTAE is well served to have her professionalism and experience on a station priority as important as Chronicle.”

Wiggin started at WTAE in 1980. She has been an anchor at the station for over 32 years.

WTAE Adds Investigative Reporter

WTAE has announced the hiring of Bofta Yimam as an investigative reporter.

“Bofta is dedicated to uncovering the untold stories that can have a deep impact on people’s lives,” said Justin Antoniotti, news director for the Pittsburgh ABC affiliate. “She embodies the high standards of WTAE Channel 4 Action News and our commitment to our viewers.”

Yimam comes to WTAE from Memphis FOX owned station WHBQ where she was a general assignment reporter.

She told viewers on her Memphis facebook page, “I’ve accepted a position as an Investigative Reporter at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. I’m excited to join the award-winning Investigative unit! I’ve had an amazing time in Memphis and leaving the bluff city is bittersweet! Thanks to everyone for the wonderful memories! My last day at FOX13 is June 14.”

Charles Wolfertz Named President and General Manager of WTAE

Charles Wolfertz has been named president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. His appointment is effective June 1.

Wolfertz has been general sales manager at WTAE since March 2012. He previously worked for Belo as sales manager at WHAS in Louisville and WFAA in Dallas.

“Chuck is a next-generation media executive with a successful record of local television management experience,” David J. Barrett, Hearst Television chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He has played a major role in the station’s sales and customer service initiatives in the Pittsburgh market, and is the ideal leader to continue to build upon the great legacy of WTAE.”

Wolfertz succeeds Michael Hayes, who was promoted to senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Michael Hayes Named SVP of Hearst Television

Michael J. Hayes has been named senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Hayes comes from WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, where he has been president and general manager since 2011. Before that, he spent eight years as general manager of WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C.

“In every step of his career with Hearst Television he’s been a high performer, and we are delighted that he’ll be joining our talented management team in New York to work with our stations and help us compete at an even higher level in the years ahead,” Hearst Television CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement.

Hayes’ promotion is effective June 1. His replacement at WTAE will be named at a later date.

Jackie Schafer Joins WTAE in Pittsburgh

Jackie Schafer is joining Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE as a reporter and weekend morning anchor.

“Jackie has the experience and skill to accurately cover news for Pittsburgh and the region.” WTAE president and general manager Michael J. Hayes said in a statement. “We are pleased to have her officially join the WTAE family.”

Schafer worked as a reporter and anchor at WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio from 2006-10. Most recently, she was the media content director for 424 Media in Hoboken, N.J. She begins anchoring the weekend morning newscasts April 20.

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