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WTVA Meteorologist Orders Staffers to the Basement as Tornado Sweeps Through Tupelo

Employees at WTVA, the NBC affiliate in Tupelo, were forced to seek shelter during a live broadcast this afternoon as a tornado approached the area (video above).

“This is a tornado emergency for Lee County,” chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan said moments before the evacuation. “This is a tornado ripping through the city of Tupelo as we speak. And this could be deadly.”

Around 3 p.m., Laubhan informed viewers that the station, which was reportedly running on backup power, was sheltering most people, “except the absolutely essential staff.”

The station later tweeted, “We are safe here.”

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C.J. LeMaster Joins WLBT From WTVA

cj lemasterAfter five years in Tupelo, WTVA weekend anchor C.J. LeMaster is set to join WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

“In broadcast journalism, it’s a rarity to be able to start in your hometown, but I’m thankful for that, with people I look up to. What I’ve learned here will help me invaluably later in life, and I’m incredibly thankful for that as well,” LeMaster wrote on Facebook.

LeMaster will be the weekend anchor at WLBT, the NBC affiliate in Jackson.

After 30 Years with WTVA, Terry Smith Says He’s Leaving

Terry Smith, anchor for Tupelo, MS, NBC affiliate WTVA, is leaving the station.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working for one of the best, well run stations and content providers in the country,” said Smith, who marked 30 years with the station in June. “WTVA has supported me and my family in all aspects of my life and career, and I feel so blessed to be a part of such a special group of people.”

Smith started his career in WTVC in Chattanooga, TN. He will continue to host “Focus,” the station’s community show and the “Regional Rehabilitation Center’s Celebration of Hope Telethon.”

“Terry Smith is a person worthy of our respect, admiration and deep gratitude,” said WTVA president Jane Spain. “We have been extraordinarily fortunate to have him as a leading force and generous mentor for over 30 years. We wish him great success with his new endeavor and couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”

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Anchor Keegan Foxx Joins WAPT From WTVA

Keegan Foxx has joined WAPT, the ABC affiliate in Jackson, Miss., as morning co-anchor.

Foxx moves to Jackson from Tupelo, where she was the morning co-anchor at WTVA. She has previously worked as a reporter at two other stations in Mississippi: WDAM in Hattiesburg and WCBI in Columbus.

“Keegan is a solid, experienced news anchor and journalist with deep Mississippi roots and sound knowledge of the issues that affect our state. We are thrilled to have her co-anchoring 16 WAPT Morning News,” WAPT news director Bruce Barkley said in a statement.

Foxx’s first day alongside Megan West at the anchor desk was Wednesday.

After ONN Closes Shop, Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell Will Join WBNS

Eric Elwell, the chief meteorologist at Ohio News Network, is joining WBNS.

Elwell, who joined ONN in 1998, will begin at the Columbus CBS-affiliate in September after ONN shuts down at the end of August. During his time at the network, the ONN weather team won several Ohio Associated Press awards for “Best Weather Operation,” including in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Prior to joining ONN, Elwell also worked at WTVA in Tupelo and KAKE in Wichita.

After 10 Years, Amy Morrow Will Leave WRCB

After 10 years at WRCB, veteran evening anchor Amy Morrow announced she will leave the Chattanooga NBC affiliate on July 22.

Morrow, who anchors the 11 p.m. news with Greg Glover, has worked with the station as an anchor-reporter since 2001. Prior to joining WRCB, Murrow worked at WDNN, a cable station in Dalton, GA, and at WTVA, the NBC affiliate in Tupelo. The Tennessee native says she has no plans to leave the Chattanooga area.

Morrow will be replaced at 11 p.m. by weekend anchor Callie Starnes. The station has named Antwan Harris, who has been a reporter for WRCB for two years, to weekend anchor as Starnes’ replacement.

Matt Laubhan Named Chief Meteorologist at WTVA

Matt Laubhan has been named chief meteorologist at WTVA in Tupelo, MS. The NBC-affiliate announced the move this week, saying that Laubhan would become the first and only certified meteorologist in northern Mississippi.

“Dozens of meteorologists applied for this opportunity, but in the end we kept coming back to Matt,” said WTVA news director Jeff Houston. “His passion and knowledge for weather is obvious to anyone who talks to him.”

Laubhan, who is currently the chief meteorologist at KLBK in Lubbock, TX, will succeed WTVA’s longtime weather chief Dick Rice. The station announced in December that Rice, who has been with WTVA for 31 years, would be scaling back his duties, becoming chief meteorologist emeritus.

Laubhan is perhaps best know, at least nationally, for proposing to his girlfriend, KAMC anchor Emily Leonard, during a newscast. Read more

After 31 Years, Dick Rice Stepping Down as WTVA Weather Chief

Viewers in Northern Mississippi will be seeing a lot less of WTVA chief meteorologist Dick Rice next year. After 31 years with the station, Rice is significantly reducing his role with WTVA.

The Tupelo NBC-affiliate announced on Friday that Rice would become the station’s chief meteorologist emeritus. In his new position, Rice will focus on speaking engagements at local schools and community centers as well as occasionally filling in as weathercaster.

Rice received his meteorology training while enlisted in the Navy. After 21 years working on various naval ships, Rice accepted a position with WTVA in 1979 and has been there ever since.
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