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New Orleans Meteorologists Jonathan Myers, Dawn Brown Headed to Baltimore

Husband-and-wife meteorologists Jonathan Myers and Dawn Brown are leaving New Orleans for Baltimore.

Myers will join WBFF, the Fox-affiliate in Baltimore, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. In New Orleans, Myers works at CBS-affiliated WWL and and Brown works at Fox-affiliate WVUE. The couple had their first child last month, and Brown will stay at home with him, at least temporarily.

“We love New Orleans. It was probably the most difficult decision we have ever made,” Myers told the Times-Picayune. “We love the people here. We love the support we’ve had. We love the city, and we may be back someday.”

Longtime WWL Sports Director Signs On with Crosstown Rival WVUE

Jim Henderson, the longtime radio voice of the New Orleans Saints who retired from his sports director post at WWL earler this year after 34 years with the CBS-affiliate, has signed on with Fox-affiliate WVUE as a football analyst.

Henderson signed off from WWL in January, planning to continue as the Saints play-by-play announcer on WWL-AM. Now, his semi-retirement will include regular appearances on WVUE during the NFL season.

“I’m excited about the new challenge,” Henderson said. “I leave a lot of good friends behind but I get reunited with a lot of good friends as well. There are an awful lot of people at Channel 8 that I know and have respected and known for a number of years.” Read more

More Local Interviews for President Obama

President Obama is sitting down for another round of local interviews at the White House today.

Obama will be interviewed by Karen Swensen of WWL in New Orleans; Vicki Dortch of WLKY in Louisville (pictured); Gary Metivier of KWQC in Davenport, IA; Josh McElveen of WMUR in Manchester; Debra Morgan of WRAL in Raleigh; Kent Wainscott of WISN in Milawaukee and Jim Synder of KSNV in Las Vegas.

Obama is calling today for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for families making under $250,000 a year.  The interviews will air on the evening newscasts tonight.

Melanie Hebert Makes Her WWL Debut

Melanie Hebert made her debut anchoring WWL‘s early-morning newscast today, ten months after the announcement of her hire at the New Orleans CBS-affiliate.

Hebert was sitting out a non-compete clause in her contract with NBC-affiliate WDSU, where she worked until last September. She has worked at WWL for the past several months as an off-camera reporter and digital media correspondent.

“Because I knew I had a job waiting for me I was able to enjoy my time off, then I enjoyed different roles of working in news over the past six months,” she told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “But I am definitely ready to go back on-air now.” Read more

WWL Adds Investigative Reporter David Hammer, Says Goodbye to Longtime Reporter Jill Hezeau

New Orleans CBS-affiliate WWL is welcoming David Hammer and saying goodbye to Jill Hezeau.

Hammer comes to WWL from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he has been a reporter since 2006. He will join the station as an investigative reporter later this year.

“David’s record of breaking big stories and producing award-winning work is no secret to anyone to pays attention to the news in New Orleans,” news director Bill Siegel said in a statement. “He will bring groundbreaking long-form journalism to our website, while providing informative and innovative reports on our newscasts.” Read more

WWL’s Sally-Ann Roberts: ‘I Am Just Amazed at the Outpouring of Affection Everywhere I Go’

WWL anchor Sally-Ann Roberts is preparing to donate bone marrow to her sister, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, who was recently diagnosed with MDS. The Roberts sisters are working to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors, and the pair has received a lot of support along the way, Sally-Ann tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

I am just amazed at the outpouring of affection everywhere I go. People say to me, “Tell your sister I’m praying for her.” If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it 1,000 times in just the span of the news breaking about this. Just this past Sunday, I was at the National Association of Black Journalists gospel brunch and a woman came up to me and she told me, “My 16-year-old son is an MDS survivor. He had a bone marrow transplant and he’s doing well.” I just hugged her and thanked her for sharing. I’m just so very grateful for the good news that I’m hearing, that this tunnel does have light at the end of it.

Belo Introduces New GMs at KMOV and WWL

Belo today announced the appointments of two new general managers at its stations in St. Louis and New Orleans.

Mark Pimentel has been named president and general manager of KMOV, Belo’s St. Louis CBS-affiliate, and Tod Smith has been tapped as president and GM of WWL in New Orleans, as well as MyNetworkTV sister station WUPL.

“Both Mark Pimentel and Tod Smith are outstanding leaders and have delivered noteworthy results throughout their careers,” said Peter Diaz, Belo’s president of media operations, announcing the hires. Read more

WWL Names Doug Mouton Sports Director, Adds Former NFL Player Darren Sharper as Analyst

WWL has named Doug Mouton sports director.  Mouton has worked as a reporter for the New Orleans CBS-affiliate since 2006, serving as the station’s Northshore Bureau Chief.

“Doug’s knowledge of sports, his contacts, and experience give our organization a great individual to lead our coverage in this area,” WWL news director Bill Siegel said, announcing the appointment.

Joining Mouton in the WWL sports department will be former Saints player Darren Sharper.  Sharper, who spent 15 years in the NFL and was a member of the Saints’ 2010 Super Bowl championship team, will provide weekly Saints analysis during the football season. Read more

WWL to Launch 4:30 a.m. Newscast Next Week

Beginning Monday, the morning newscast on New Orleans CBS-affiliate WWL will begin at 4:30 a.m.

“We know there is an audience that wants information earlier in the morning, and we felt this was the right time to start serving that group of viewers,” news director Bill Siegel told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The extra half-hour will be anchored by Mike Hoss, with meteorologist Laura Buchtel and traffic reporter Christina Leavenworth. Melanie Hebert will co-anchor when she joins the station this Summer.

WGNO Reporter Don Dubuc Joining Rival WWL

After 21 years at New Orleans ABC-affiliate WGNO, outdoors reporter Don Dubuc is joining rival WWL, the market’s CBS-affiliate, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Dubuc, who worked without a contract at WGNO, told the Times-Picayune the move is “a natural fit for several reasons.”

“I want to concentrate on the culture of fishing and hunting here,” he said. “It’s very much a part of our ingrained heritage and culture down here.”

Dubuc will make his WWL debut tomorrow. He will be joined for his first report on the 6 p.m. newscast by the reporter he is replacing: Frank Davis, who retired from WWL last year.

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