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Anchor Melissa Mahan Signs Off From KOAT

Melissa Mahan signed off Friday from KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque.

“Thank you New Mexico for all the memories!” Mahan wrote on Facebook. “Today is bittersweet and I will always treasure my time here.”

Mahan, who joined the station in 2008, co-anchors the morning newscast. She has previously worked at WLNE in Providence, KJCT in Grand Junction and KTVE in Monroe.

No word yet on where she is headed. [h/t NewsBlues]

 

John Mason Returns To KOB As News Director

John Mason has been named news director at Hubbard Broadcasting owned station, KOB, according to Rick Gevers’ blog.

Mason, who comes from Hubbard’s Minneapolis affiliate, KSTP, was an anchor and managing editor at the Albuquerque NBC affiliate between 1997 and 2004.

Gevers reports Mason will replace Laurie Passman who is returning to her previous position as assistant news director for KTVK in Phoenix.

ACME Out of Stations After Latest Sell

Acme Communications has sold its two remaining stations, KWBQ and KASY in Albuquerque-Santa Fe, to Tamer Media for  $17.3 million in an all-cash transaction.

“We are delighted to be in a position to sell our remaining television stations.” said Doug Gealy, ACME’s acting CEO.  ”This proposed transaction obviously puts us in the final phase of successfully completing our process of monetizing our assets, with only our Daily Buzz operation remaining. Upon the completion of this transaction, we plan to distribute virtually all of our cash to our shareholders. In the meantime, we will continue to pursue opportunities to monetize our remaining asset.”

ACME, which once had 11 stations in its portfolio, said the FCC is expected to approve the sale by the end of 2012 or early 2013.  The agreement is also subject to approval by ACME’s shareholders.

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Marissa Torres Joins KOAA as Morning Anchor

Marissa Torres is joining Colorado Springs NBC-affiliate KOAA, where she will co-anchor the morning newscast.

She replaces Jennifer Horbelt, who is moving into the evening anchor role at KOAA. Torres’ first day on the air alongside Adam Atchison and meteorologist Craig Eliot will be July 30.

Torres joins the station from KOB in Albuquerque, where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor. “I am honored to be coming to KOAA and to Southern Colorado,” she said in a statement. “And yes, I really am a morning person!”

KOB’s Steve Stucker Announces ‘Semi-Retirement’

Steve Stucker, the morning and noon meteorologist at KOB, has announced his “semi-retirement.”

Stucker has reduced his on-air duties, signing off from the noon newscast last Thursday. He plans to continue as the morning meteorologist. According to KOB, Stucker recently signed a five-year contract with the Albuquerque NBC-affiliate.

“Thanks to ALL of you who have been so kind to me here at the noon show the past 15 years,” Stucker said. “But it’s time to ‘semi-retire.’” Read more

Former KOB Reporter Sues Albuquerque Police Officer

A former KOB reporter is suing an an Albuquerque police officer in federal court, claiming the officer destroyed a video shot by the station while covering a story, according to Courthouse News Service.

Cristina Rodda says she was reporting on a rave at an Albuquerque nightclub (pictured), attended by hundreds of people, when Officer Stephanie Lopez pushed a patron to the ground. Rodda, an anchor and reporter at the NBC-affiliate, caught the incident on tape.

Rodda was subsequently asked to hand over her camera. When she refused, Lopez searched Rodda’s purse “without her consent and without probable cause to do so,” according to the complaint. Rodda states that Lopez confiscated her video camera for evidence, but instead of logging it with the police department, viewed it in her home. The video was returned to KOB three days later with the clip in question removed, according to the complaint. An independent expert was later able to recover the deleted clip.  Read more

KOB Reporter Gadi Schwartz Subpoenaed

Gadi Schwartz, a reporter at KOB in Albuquerque, has been issued a subpoena to reveal how he obtained dash-camera video that led to the firing of two police officers last year.

The video Schwartz obtained while reporting shows the takedown and subsequent arrest of Michael Schaefer in a Walmart parking lot. The video was the subject of an internal investigation within the Albuquerque Police Department, and as a result of the investigation, two police officers were fired and two more were disciplined.

An attorney for KOB told the Albuquerque Journal that Schwartz obtained the video “in the course of performing his duties as a reporter from a confidential source.”

Watch the video after the jump. Read more

KOB Remembers Sharon Erickson, the 30-Year-Old Reporter Who Recently Passed Away

Funeral services will be held today for Sharon Erickson, the 30-year-old KOB reporter who died over the weekend from complications following surgery.

KOB recently aired a segment remembering Erickson (video above).

“We want to take some time to remember Sharon for the smiling, fun, and hardworking woman that she was,” morning anchor Antoinette Antonio told viewers, fighting back tears.

KOB Reporter Dies Following Surgery

KOB reporter Sharon Erickson died on Saturday following complications from surgery she had earlier in the week. She was 30.

“You know her as Sharon Erickson, we know her as Sharon Fullilove, and she was exactly that, full of love,” KOB news director Laurie Passman said in a statement. “We were privileged to have her in our newsroom. She lit up any room she entered. She was a good person, a dedicated reporter and a rising star who loved covering news in this community. She will be greatly missed.” Read more

Reporter Jeremy Jojola Leaving KOB to Join KUSA

Jeremy Jojola is leaving Albuquerque’s KOB, where he has been an anchor and investigative reporter since 2002, to join Denver’s KUSA.

Jojola announced the move in a blog post this week, writing, “Over the last year, there has been a voice in me silently demanding change.”

Jojola first set foot in the KOB newsroom when he was 19, while on a field trip for a college journalism conference. After graduating from New Mexico State, Jojola joined KTSM in El Paso before eventually returning to New Mexico and KOB.

“Walking into the KUSA newsroom a couple of weeks ago was just as thrilling for me as it was when I was that 19 year old boy,” Jojola writes. “I’m excited. I’m thrilled. I’m delighted. I’m grateful.” Read more

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