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WXIN Names Kerri Cavanaugh News Director

WXIN, the Tribune owned FOX affiliate for Indianapolis, IN, has named Kerri Cavanaugh as news director.

“Kerri brings a wealth of news experience and leadership from several markets and I am thrilled to have her now take the helm of the FOX59 News franchise,” said WXIN-WTTV vice president and general manager Larry Delia. “Her proven ability to launch newscasts, grow ratings, and mentor talent will be extremely valuable as FOX59 continues to build on its ratings success.”

Cavanaugh starts June 17. She comes to WXIN from Tribune’s WXMI in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been the news director since 2010. Before WXMI, she was news director at WSFL in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and has also worked at WFTS in Tampa, WPEC in West Palm Beach and WDBB in Tuscaloosa, AL.

“I’m honored to join the staff at FOX59,” said Cavanaugh. “The station has seen tremendous growth in recent years, producing by far the most local news in the market.  It is quickly becoming the go-to place for breaking news and weather coverage.  I’m eager to work with such a dedicated team and continue to build on its success.”

Dog Riding Monkeys Race Through WXIN

Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN entered YouTube territory during its morning news show yesterday.

While promoting Saturday’s Professional Bull Riders event in Indianapolis, the station was visited by Megan and Sam, two Pop Tart eating Border Collie riding Capuchin monkeys who make up “Team Ghost Riders.”

WXIN anchor Angela Ganote introduced the pair along with trainer Tim ‘Wild Thang’ Lepard. The monkeys the showed their stuff by racing up and down one of the station hallways. Megan and her steed crossed the line first, helped by the fact they only raced halfway and then turned around while Sam dutifully ran the whole route. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

WXIN Slates Town Hall, Series of Reports on School Violence

This week, Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN will dedicate four days of extended coverage, including an hour-long televised town hall, to the topic of school violence.

“With the spate of violence in our schools, nationally and locally, we wanted to take the bold step in starting a real and constructive dialogue,”  WXIN VP-GM Larry Delia said in a statement. “This is an initiative that transcends our roles as journalists; we are empowering the local community to rise up, ask tough questions, and ultimately keep our children safe in their schools.”

Special reports on the school violence debate will air nightly on the 10 p.m. newscast and will feature a variety of topics, including gun control measures, mental illness and school security.

WXIN will air a televised town hall, moderated by anchors Angela Ganote and Ray Cortopassi, on Thursday, February 7. The panel discussion (pictured) will include school administrators and security experts, as well as a parent and a student.

Sadie the Donkey Gets Loose Outside WXIN

A donkey named Sadie was reunited with her owner Thursday after getting loose outside WXIN, the Fox affiliate in Indianapolis.

The station reported on Sadie during the 4 p.m. newscast, showing video of the donkey running around outside WXIN’s headquarters in the snow. Animal Control was called, but three officers who responded were not able to corral Sadie, who escaped into some nearby fields.

“I even sacrificed my apple to help lure Sadie in,” Walt Maciborski said in his report. “She wasn’t going for it.”

Animal Control eventually gave up the chase. But later in the night, a big red trailer — with Sadie inside — pulled into the WXIN parking lot. Volunteers from the Hearts and Hoofs Equine Ministry drove from nearby Monrovia to rescue Sadie after seeing WXIN’s early afternoon report.

Watch the WXIN report after the jump. Read more

WXIN Looks Back at Moments of the Year

Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN has compiled the best moments of 2012 from the station’s morning newscast (video above). The highlights include a fair bit of dancing, an unfortunate flag football accident and, of course, a bet settled with a trip to the dunk tank.

Eva Pilgrim Moving to Philadelphia’s WPVI

Eva Pilgrim, anchor/reporter for the Indianapolis FOX affiliate, WXIN, will be joining Philadelphia’s ABC Affiliate WPVI.

Pilgrim announced the move on her blog saying in part,

“I’m moving. Wednesday is my last day=( I’m taking an anchor/reporter job in Philadelphia at WPVI, the ABC O&O station there. I am excited to get back to the east coast near family and friends… but the move isn’t an easy one for me.”

WXIN news director Lee Rosenthal posted a farewell to Eva on his twitter page, saying “So proud & happy for a great @fox59 talent & an even better person, we’ll miss u @evapilgrim but we wish you the best!”  You can also view a screen grab of the tweet after the jump. Read more

Dan Spehler Joins WXIN as Weekend Anchor

Dan Spehler is joining WXIN, the Fox affiliate in Indianapolis, as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter.

It is a return to Indianapolis for Spehler, who worked as a reporter and anchor at ABC affiliate WRTV from 2005-10. Since 2010, he has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at WKRC, the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati.

Spehler begins Monday at WXIN. He will anchor the weekend evening newscasts.

Edward Moody Joins WCCO as Weekend Anchor

Edward Moody is joining WCCO, the CBS O&O in Minneapolis, as a weekend anchor.

Moody comes to WCCO from WXIN, the Fox-affiliate in Indianapolis. The Pioneer Press reports Moody will be paired with Liz Collin on the Saturday evening newscasts. He will also be a reporter during the week.

He makes his debut on August 24.

Walt Maciborski Joins WXIN From KDAF

Walt Maciborski is leaving KDAF in Dallas for WXIN in Indianapolis, Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Maciborski is the weeknight anchor at KDAF, the CW-affiliate in Dallas. He was hired in 2009, along with co-anchor Amanda Salinas, who will reportedly continue to anchor the newscast solo.

Maciborski will join WXIN, the Fox-affiliate in Indianapolis, in September. He wrote on Twitter he is “excited about [the] new opportunity.”

“Walt is a tremendous person,” Salinas told Bark. “He’s a true professional, and this is an amazing opportunity for him. He will be greatly missed here at CW33.”

Two KDVR News Managers Nab Assistant ND Jobs

Two news managers at Denver’s KDVR-KWGN have landed assistant news director jobs in other markets.

Ryan Minnaugh, who most recently served as executive producer of KDVR-KWGN’s evening newscasts, is joining WXIN in Indianapolis.  And Marc Sternfield, KDVR-KWGN’s executive producer for digital media, has been named assistant ND at KSTU in Salt Lake City.

Both moves represent promotions within the Local TV-Tribune family. Read more

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