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Meteorologist Melissa Mack to Join WJW

Melissa Mack, who signed off from WBZ in Boston last week, is joining WJW in Cleveland, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Mack will be the meteorologist for WJW’s 4 p.m. newscast, which will debut on the Fox affiliate this fall. It is a return to the station for Mack, who worked at WJW from 2006-09 before joining WBZ.

Mack has also worked at WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio and WTAP in Parkersburg, W.V.

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WDAF Meteorologist Don Harman Dies From Apparent Suicide

Don Harman, the longtime morning meteorologist at WDAF in Kansas City, died yesterday. He was 41.

Sources say Harman’s death was a suicide, although the station has not yet announced an official cause of death. The 12-year veteran of the station was on the air as recently as yesterday.

Before WDAF’s Karli Ritter delivered the weather report on this morning’s newscast, anchors Mark Alford and Loren Halifax read a statement similar to what the station posted on Facebook early this morning. Read more

KOLN Anchor John Fortney Returning to WTAP

John Fortney, the evening anchor at KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln, is returning to Parkersburg, WV to be the anchor and news director at WTAP.

Fortney began his television career at WTAP as the weeknight weatherman in 1998. He was named primary anchor at the NBC-affiliate in 1994, a post he held for two years before leaving in 1996 to join Ohio News Network.

“We are very pleased that John is coming back to WTAP,” Roger Sheppard, station vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “He worked very hard when he was here and did some great reporting. In the past 15 years, he has gained a breadth of experience which he brings back to help make our station even better.” Read more

Leslie Barrett Named Evening Co-Anchor at WFMJ

Leslie Barrett will helm her first broadcast as evening co-anchor at WFMJ, the NBC affiliate in Youngstown, OH, tonight. She will anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts alongside Bob Black.

Barrett is a native of the Youngstown area. Her first experience with local television was at WFMJ — as a high school student, she spent time shadowing Michelle Nicks, who is still a reporter with the station.

“I feel lucky to be home,” Barrett told The Youngstown Vindicator. “I always dreamed of being here.”

Prior to joining WFMJ, Barrett spent four years as a reporter and weekend anchor at WTAP, the NBC affilate in Parkersburg, WV. She was the anchor of a weekly segment called “Wednesday’s Child,” which profiled local children in foster care and resulted in several adoptions, according to The Vindicator.

Gray’s WTAP Set to Become First Station in West Virginia to Broadcast News in HD

WTAP, a NBC-affiliate serving Parkersburg, WV and Marietta, OH, is set to become the first station in West Virginia to broadcast its local newscasts in HD.

The Gray Television-owned station plans to air its 11 p.m. newscast in high definition for the first time on May 29th.

“Our NBC station will now be virtually HD all day long, from sign on to sign off,” said WTAP vice president and general manager Roger Sheppard.

As part of the transition to HD, WTAP is introducing a new on-air graphics system and plans to erect a new 120-foot broadcast tower adjacent to its studios.

“We are Gray’s smallest, free-standing television station,” Sheppard says. “But Gray believes in West Virginia and believes in this community. So, it made the additional, sizeable investment necessary to take us the last few steps to full HD.”