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KNXV, WTHR, KMGH and WVIT Win Peabody Awards

Four local stations –Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR, Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Hartford NBC O&O WVIT –  have won George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media in 2012.

KNXV’s award-winning report, “Ford Escape: Exposing a Deadly Defect,” was a five-month investigation that revealed an acceleration problem with the vehicle, sparking a federal inquiry and the recall of 700,000 SUVs.

WTHR won a Peabody Award for “Investigating the IRS,” a “stunning investigation” that exposed how illegal immigrants were defrauding the IRS of billions of dollars in tax refunds.

“Investigating the Fire,” KMGH’s award-winning report, examined the mistakes and miscommunication that led to a deadly fire caused by the Colorado State Forest Service’s controlled burn. The report resulted in legislative changes in Colorado.

WVIT won for “Breaking News: Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.” The station was the first television news outlet to report on the Sandy Hook shooting, providing “comprehensive coverage that informed not only its own audience, but viewers around the country.”

Longtime NBC Executive David Doebler Named President-GM of WMAQ

David Doebler has been named president and general manager of WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago. His appointment is effective immediately, the station announced Tuesday.

It is a move within NBC for Doebler, who has been president and general manager of NBC-owned WVIT in Hartford-New Haven since 2005.

“David has done a great job strengthening the competitive position of NBC Connecticut,” NBC Owned Stations president Valari Staab said in a statement. “With his leadership abilities, local broadcast experience and record of success, I am confident he has the right skills to steer WMAQ as the station continues its forward progress.”

Before joining WVIT, Doebler was the president and general manager for WVTM in Birmingham, which was an NBC O&O during his time there. He has also worked as the vice president of creative services and sales for WNCN, the former NBC O&O in Raleigh-Durham.

“I could not be more honored to join WMAQ and to work with the very talented team at the station to continue the tremendous momentum in the market,” Doebler said.

Doebler replaces Larry Wert, who left WMAQ for Tribune last month.

Ric Harris Joins WVIT as VP of Sales

Ric Harris has been named vice president of sales at WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford-New Haven.

Harris begins his new job on March 4. He is a former VP-GM and general sales manager of WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. Most recently, Harris worked at Accenture, where he has been manager of communications, media and technology for the past two years.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Ric Harris’s caliber to our NBC Connecticut team and know he will be a great fit,” president and general manager David Doebler said in a statement. “Ric brings a wealth of experience and relationships to his new role that will enable him to hit the ground running, which is critically important with major events like the 2014 Olympic Games less than a year away.”

Sam Gannon Joins KOKH From KPLC

Sportscaster Sam Gannon has joined KOKH, the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City.

“New chapter, new city. Excited for my first day at @okcfox!” Gannon tweeted earlier this week.

Gannon joins KOKH after almost two years at KPLC, the NBC affiliate in Lake Charles, La., where she was the weekend sports anchor. She began her career as a production assistant at WVIT, the NBC O&O in New Haven.

Cable Networks Rely on Affiliate Coverage of Connecticut School Shooting

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all been in breaking news coverage of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. since shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning. The early coverage provided by FNC, CNN and MSNBC relied heavily on affiliates from Hartford and New York City as the cable networks rushed to get their own correspondents to the scene.

Fox News used aerial coverage from WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City, as well as images from WFSB, the CBS affiliate in Hartford, while WNYW’s chopper was en route.

MSNBC used aerial pictures provided by NBC O&O WVIT, which was the first station in Hartford to report the shooting this morning.

CNN is affiliated with three Hartford stations — WFSB, WTIC and WTNH, as well as New York City ABC O&O WABC (pictured). The network has used coverage from all of them today.

Hartford Stations Cover Shooting at Elementary School

Local Hartford stations broke in to regular programming this morning to cover the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

NBC-owned WVIT reported the news at 10:26 a.m. with a quick update at  from morning anchor Brad Drazen who asked viewers to stay tuned for more information before going to break.

CBS affiliate WFSB reported the news at 10:29 a.m. with anchor Eric Parker. ABC affiliate WTNH reported it at 10:30 a.m., breaking into the “Rachael Ray” show” with a special report anchored by Keith Kountz.

News 12 Connecticut arrived  on the scene at 10:53 a.m., cutting in to reporter Frank Recchia‘s piece and quickly going to live footage from its Chopper 12.

East Coast Stations Deliver Extended Hurricane Coverage as Sandy Marches On

Stations in major markets across the East Coast chose to preempt, or partially preempt, network morning shows Monday to remain in extended local coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

In New York City, where the subways and buses have been shut down since Sunday night, the local stations all began live storm coverage at 4amET. NBC O&O WNBC went to “Today” at 7 a.m. and returned to local programming at 7:30 a.m. WCBS aired only the first hour of “CBS This Morning,” and WABC aired “Good Morning America” in its entirety.

In Philadelphia, KYW joined “CBS This Morning” a few minutes after 7 a.m. and continued its local newscast on CW affiliate WPSG. WCAU aired the first half hour of “Today” and returned to local coverage at 7:30 a.m., and WPVI aired “Good Morning America.” Read more

Suspicious Packages Delivered to WVIT, WTNH

As stations up and down the East Coast were live with Hurricane Sandy coverage throughout the night (more on that later), The Hartford Courant is reporting that suspicious packages were delivered to two stations in Hartford around 4amET Monday.

Packages were dropped outside the front foyer at NBC O&O WVIT and near ABC affiliate WTNH. The areas were shut down and the bomb squad was called in to investigate, West Hartford police said. The Courant has details on a a suspect:

West Hartford police said they are looking for a white man, possibly in his 40s, with grayish hair who was driving a late model small silver car, possibly a Chevrolet Cobalt or Monte Carlo with a spoiler and sunroof.

>Update: a WVIT spokesperson tells TVSpy that police have removed the package and are evaluating it.

Reporter Debra Alfarone Joins WUSA From WPIX

Debra Alfarone is joining WUSA, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC.

Alfarone joins the station from WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City, where she has been a general assignment reporter since 2010. At WUSA, she will be the lead reporter for the station’s 11 p.m. newscast, which is anchored by Anita Brikman and Derek McGinty.

Before joining WPIX, Alfarone spent two years at WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford, as a reporter for the morning newscast. She has also worked at News 12 Connecticut as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Alfarone also serves as a Mediabistro instructor.

Yvonne Nava Named Morning Anchor at KVUE

Yvonne Nava is joining Austin ABC-affiliate KVUE, Austin360 reports.

Nava, a University of Texas graduate, joins the station from WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford, where she was morning anchor. In announcing her departure, she said she was moving to Texas to be closer to her family.

Nava will be the KVUE morning anchor, replacing Melissa Gale, who left the station earlier this summer. Nava begins September 10 alongside Bryan Mays and meteorologist Albert Ramon.

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