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Anchor Yvonne Nava Leaving NBC Connecticut

WVIT morning anchor Yvonne Nava is leaving the Connecticut NBC O&O for a job in Texas.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Nava is the mother of a young boy and she’s making the move to be closer to her family. Nava, who has been with WVIT since December 2007, is set to depart the station at the end of the month.

“For the past five years, Yvonne has jumped into the community,” WVIT general manager David Doebler told the Hartford Courant. “She has done a lot of good stuff on the air and in the community and the opportunity to go back with her child to be close to her family is understandable.” Read more

WVIT Adds Reporter Stephania Jimenez

Stephania Jimenez is joining WVIT.

The Connecticut NBC O&O announced today that Jimenez will join its news team as a reporter. Jimenez, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, comes to WVIT from KTSM-KDBC in El Paso, TX, where she worked as an anchor and reporter for the past year and a half.

“We are looking forward to introducing Stephania to our Connecticut viewers,” WVIT news director Mike St. Peter said, announcing the move. “Her strong producing and bilingual skills will enhance our story-telling to bring viewers even more compelling news coverage.” Read more

NBC O&Os to Highlight Investigative Reporting Online

As part of a renewed commitment to investigative reporting at the NBC O&Os, seven stations will launch dedicated online investigative reporting sections on their websites.

“Investing in local, investigative reporting has been a priority, and we’re pleased that these hard-hitting stories will be available to viewers in a more in-depth way on the station websites,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC O&Os, said in a statement.

The online sections will highlight embedded documents, infographics and maps related to each station’s investigative reports. Websites for the stations — WNBC in New York, WMAQ in Chicago,  WCAU in Philadelphia, KNTV in San Francisco, WRC in Washington, KXAS in Dallas and WVIT in Hartford — will be updated in the coming weeks.

Todd Piro and Audrey Washington to Join WVIT

Reporters Todd Piro and Audrey Washington (pictured) are joining WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford, later this month.

Piro joins WVIT from KPSP in Palm Springs, where he is the weekday morning anchor. Prior to his television career, he was a litigation lawyer and recruitment coordinator for Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a law firm in Los Angeles.

Washington has been a reporter at WJAR in Providence for the past two years. She has also worked at WSYR in Syracuse and WITN in Greenville.

In a statement, WVIT president and general manager David Doebler said he was “thrilled to add Todd and Audrey to our award-winning news team.” Read more

Shots Fired at WVIT News Crew

A WVIT news crew was covering a shooting in New Haven on Monday afternoon when bullets just missed their news van.

Following a robbery at a local convenience store, where thieves fired two shots into the ceiling as they stole roughly $300, the WVIT news crew was sitting in a marked news van near the store when shots were fired in their direction.

WVIT reported on Monday that at least four shots were fired and the news crew saw a man aiming a gun about a block away from them. One of the shots hit a nearby car, but no one was hurt in the incident. Read more

WVIT Launches Consumer and Investigative Unit

The commitment to investigative reporting continues at the NBC O&Os. Hartford’s WVIT is launching a consumer and investigative team “focused on tracking down answers to issues and concerns for viewers of the state,” NBC announced today.

WVIT has hired two reporters for the investigative unit: Christopher Coffey and Sabina Kuriakose (pictured). Coffey was most recently a reporter at KTBC in Austin, and Kuriakose joins WVIT from YNN in upstate New York.

The 10-person team, which will include current WVIT reporters Monica Buchanan and Jeff Stoecker, will be led by Sharon Butterworth, who was previously managing editor at the station.

Hartford’s WVIT Expanding Weekend Newscasts

WVIT, the NBC O&O in Hartford, is adding 90 minutes to weekend newscasts.

Beginning this weekend, both the Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts will begin at 5:30 a.m. Previously, the Saturday newscast began at 6 a.m. and the Sunday newscast began at 6:30 a.m. In a statement, the station called the early hour “a key time period for New England early risers.”

“The expanded coverage allows us to serve Connecticut viewers that have not had any options for local news before 6 AM on weekend mornings,” said David Doebler, WVIT president and general manager.

The newscasts are anchored by Shirley Chan and Kerri-Lee Mayland, along with meteorologist Darren Sweeney.

Former KXAS Reporter Says Media Bias Is Reason He’s Running for Congress

Former KXAS reporter Grant Stinchfield says a major reason he’s now running for Congress is because he got tired of dealing with bias in the media.

A conservative Republican, Stinchfield left KXAS last spring and announced his run for Congress in August. In a recent interview with WFSB‘s Dennis House, Stinchfield said that he became fed up with the bias he confronted working as a reporter so he decided to pursue a position in which he could confront problems head-on.

“I firmly believe the left is leading us down the wrong path,” Stinchfield told House. “I believe in freedom, liberty, entrepreneurship–those are things I would have loved to have touted as a reporter. Now I have free reign.” Read more

WFSB Anchor Dennis House Admits His Involvement in News Story that Aired a Week Ago

WFSB anchor Dennis House, who was recently named one of the most influential people in Hartford, became part of the news last week when he called the cops after finding a child left unattended in a car.  The father of the child was eventually arrested upon returning to the vehicle.

Touting it as “a story you saw first on channel 3,” WFSB reported on the incident last week, without mentioning House’s involvement.  A reporter from Patch, though, discovered House’s name on the police report and now the veteran anchor is speaking out about what happened. Read more

After Leaving WTIC, Meteorologist Garett Argianis Returns to WVIT

Meteorologist Garett Argianis, who left Fox-affiliate WTIC earlier this year, has joined crosstown rival WVIT.

Argianis worked at the NBC O&O before joining WTIC, where he was named chief meteorologist in 2008.

“Glad to have him back as part of the team,” WVIT news director Michael St. Peter told the New Haven Register.

Argianis will work for WVIT on a freelance basis. He left WTIC after losing his weeknight spot to Rachel Frank.

[h/t The Laurel]

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