Before joining WTMJ, Ford worked at CLTV, the 24-hour cable network in Chicago. The Journal Sentinel reports Ford is a Tampa native with family in the area.
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“Lane is exactly the news director this market needs right now, and we’re very pleased to have his talent and experience in our newsroom,” WCPO vice president and general manager Steve Thaxton said, announcing the hiring. “His deep understanding of journalism and the tenets of serving communities will make a major impact on our team and the Tri-State.” Read more
Local news veteran Mike Cavender has been named executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association and Foundation.
Cavender is a former director of news and public affairs at WGCL in Atlanta, as well as vice president of news at WUSA in Washington, DC and WTSP in Tampa. Most recently, he was the vice president of client solutions for Synaptic Digital, a media creation and distribution platform.
“Throughout my news career, I’ve benefited greatly from the support and guidance of the RTDNA/F,” Cavender said in a statement. “It’s a tremendous honor to lead this great organization that has for decades been so important to me and thousands of electronic journalists.”
A South Florida native, King has been with KSAZ since 2004 and currently serves as the station’s weekend meteorologist.
While Van Fleet started with his new station this week, WOFL has yet to designate a start date for King.
The dramatic promo for the report, featuring screaming students and a shot from the gunman’s point of view, has provoked angry calls and emails from Tampa Bay viewers, according to The Tampa Tribune. Video inside… Read more
Blaise Labbe, the station’s news director, said in a statement that Suchan is in the process of moving to Kansas City. “His weather reports are calm and reassuring and watching him you feel as though he is just talking to friends or family,” Labbe said. “Chris doesn’t believe in hyping weather, or making more out of simple weather events. But if there is severe weather, he issues clear and precise warnings aimed directly at maintaining people’s safety.”
“I love covering the four seasons,” Suchan said. “Each represents different challenges, especially when it comes to severe weather.”
Hughes has been a meteorologist and reporter at WTSP, the Tampa-St. Petersburg CBS-affiliate, since 2005. She replaces Steve Norris, who is leaving WCPO, as weekend 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. meteorologist; during the week, she will contribute to the station’s reporting and newsgathering, and provide weather forecasts as needed.
After a string of defections, WTSP has rounded out its revamped weather team with the addition of meteorologist Kate Wentzel this week. Wentzel comes to WTSP after working as a weekend weathercaster for West Palm Beach ABC-affiliate WPBF–a post that she departed in April.
“Kate is going to be another great addition to the team,” WTSP news director Peter Roghaar said, in announcing the move. “She brings almost ten years of experience forecasting Florida weather and is hurricane-tested.”
Wentzel, who is set to begin on September 26th, is the third meteorologist to join WTSP in the past two months. The CBS-affiliate recently named Orlando veteran Jim Van Fleet chief meteorologist and added Mark Collins, a native of St. Petersburg. Read more
Saying that he felt there was “an opportunity for growth” in the time period, WTSP president and general manager Ken Tonning announced this week that the station will debut a new, half-hour newscast at 9 a.m.
The new, weekday newscast will be feature-oriented, focusing on issues important to women. It is set to premiere on Monday.
“I don’t think anyone owns the time period,” Tonning told the St. Petersburg Times. “And we know there’s a market for local programming in the mornings.”