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KEYE Says Goodbye to Longtime Employee

williams keyeIt’s not often one of the people working behind the scenes gets a write up when they leave a station.

Austin American-Statesman media writer Gary Dinges reports Sousa Williams is leaving Austin CBS affiliate KEYE after 19 years.

“Over the years she’s held a variety of roles, including 10 p.m. producer, executive producer, news operations manager and, most recently, new media manager overseeing the station’s website and social media accounts, among other things,” writes Dinges.

“There are so many unsung, hardworking journalists behind the scenes in a TV newsroom,” KEYE anchor Judy Maggio (pictured left) wrote on her facebook page. “I’ve worked side by side with Sousa Williams at 2 TV stations and she’s one of the best. We will miss you, Sousa. Happy Trails and enjoy your new adventure.”

Williams is heading to Connecticut to be with her girlfriend. Today is her last day.

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Brian Collister Joins Austin’s KXAN

brian collisterBrian Collister is joining KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, as an investigative reporter.

Collister — who specializes in investigating fraud, corruption and government waste — most recently worked at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston. Before that, he spent several years at WOAI, the NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

“Brian has earned a reputation throughout Texas and across the country as a powerful investigative reporter who gets results and holds powerful people accountable,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “Because KXAN News focuses on in-depth, investigative journalism, it’s crucial to have reporters like Brian on our team. He’s an expert at using our lawful right to access public information.  He knows who to talk to, where to get the answers viewers want.”

Aereo Announces Austin Launch Date

aereoLess than a week after a federal judge granted broadcasters a preliminary injunction against Aereo, the streaming television service has announced plans to expand to the Austin DMA.

Austin is the fourth city in Texas — after Dallas, Houston and San Antonio — where Aereo will be available. The Austin launch, scheduled for March 3, adds 12 new counties to Aereo’s coverage.

“Aereo makes using an antenna easy again – the way it should be.  We’re looking forward to kicking off in Austin,” CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement.

Judy Maggio Set to Retire From KEYE

judy maggioAfter 11 years at KEYE and 22 more on television in Austin, Judy Maggio has announced she will retire in May, Austin360 reports.

“I’ve always said I’d leave the TV business on my own terms,” Maggio said. “KEYE has been nothing but supportive in my 11 years here and recently offered me a generous contract to stay. I will deeply miss my colleagues, who are some of the most dedicated people in the business.”

Maggio joined CBS affiliate KEYE in 2003 from rival KVUE. A search is underway for her replacement as the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Anchor Shuffle at Austin FOX Station

petrowski_ktbcKTBC weekend anchor Lauren Petrowski is moving to “Good Day Austin” for the FOX owned station.

Beginning Monday, February 3 she’ll join Amanda Salinas and Dave Froelich.

Petrowski replaces Keri Bellacosa who left the station last week. Michael Lewis, KTBC GM said in a statement, “We mutually agreed to part ways. We want to thank Keri for her many contributions to FOX 7 during her time with us.”

[Austin 360]

Former KTBC Anchor Diagnosed with Leukemia

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez left Austin FOX owned station KTBC earlier this month. She told viewers she was leaving to be with her husband and two year old son in Washington, D.C.

But, as Austin360.com reports, when Hernandez had some blood work done as part of the process to have a second child via in vitro fertilization, doctors found she had leukemia.

“The doctor called me crying,” Hernandez told Austin360. “I said, ‘What? You must be kidding.’ I was yelling and crying. It was unreal.”

Sadly, her doctor wasn’t kidding. She was very, very ill.

Hernandez wasted little time, booking a last-minute ticket and arriving at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital late Monday. She expects to start six weeks of on-and-off chemotherapy Tuesday or Wednesday.

“They told me, ‘This can’t wait,’” she said.

The support from friends, former co-workers — and viewers who’ve never met the vibrant broadcast journalist — has been, from the start, overwhelming, Hernandez said. She says she is so incredibly grateful.

“I’m so touched,” she said. “My stomach hurts from crying so much, but I know I can beat this. I can kick its ass. I look at my precious son and I say, ‘Failure is not an option.’”

Austin Reporter Uses Fall During Live Shot as Teachable Moment


During a morning live shot, KEYE reporter Ashley Miller gave viewers of the Austin CBS affiliate a firsthand look at the icy conditions she was reporting on.

After her slip, she got back up and told viewers, “So it’s extremely slippery. I actually just fell on the pavement and that’s the same thing that’s happening on the roadways.”

KTBC Adds Anchor to ‘Good Day Austin’

salinas_kdafAmanda Salinas has been named anchor for “Good Day Austin,” the morning news show for Austin FOX owned station KTBC.

“As a native Texan, who graduated from the University of Texas and has spent most of her career reporting and anchoring here, there is no one better versed on all things Austin than Amanda,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Salinas comes to KTBC from KDAF in Dallas. She has also worked at WPBF in West Palm Beach, WFAA in Dallas, KCEN in Waco and KGNS in Laredo, TX.

Beginning January 20, she joins Dave Froehlich, Zack Shields and Keri Bellacosa on “Good Day” and Froehlich as anchor on the Noon news.

Former KVUE General Manager Dies

Joe Jerkins, the former president and general manager of KVUE, died Tuesday from leukemia. He led the Austin ABC affiliate from 1979 to 1989 and served as president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1991.

Watch KVUE’s tribute to Jerkins above. [h/t Austin 360]

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