This week, the youngest McAuliffe got a letter from George H.W. Bush, the 90-year-old former president known for his letter writing.
“Declan, I, too, was born on June 12th — but that was 90 years ago,” wrote Bush. “I’ve had a long, wonderful life, and I wish the same for you. God bless you.”
“We’ve loved having her in our newsroom and on our air—Courtney’s a game changer. Very sorry to lose her day to day, and she knows this. But Courtney also knows she has all our support and best wishes for whatever comes next,” KHOU executive news director Philip Bruce wrote in a note to staff.
Zubowski tells McGuff she will “pursue new and exciting opportunities” after she signs off later this month.
Before joining KLAS in February 2010, Baca started his career as a full time reporter at KESQ in Palm Springs. He told TVSpy he was promoted to the KLAS I-Team in October 2011.
He spoke to David Zurawik, TV critic for The Baltimore Sun about why he’s leaving, viewer reaction to the news and what his final words on-air are going to be.
Q. I have seen different numbers on your run at WJZ. Can we nail it down? Is it actually 40 years??
A. My 40th anniversary was this past Monday. I’m going out Friday at 40 years and 4 days.
Q. Now this isn’t a mandatory-at-65 retirement, is it? I know some media companies once had that rule. But that’s not the deal at CBS, is it? You’re choosing to step down, right?
A. I am choosing… It’s my choice. My contract was up at the end of May. So, during contract negotiations, I just decided I didn’t want to do this any more. Read more
The station’s GM Kenny Lawrence confirmed Huebner no longer worked at KLFY, but wouldn’t say why he left.
Lafayette’s The IND Monthly reports Huebner was fired on Monday.
One source tells The IND Huebner’s departure was “a cumulative thing,” citing long-running tensions between the veteran newsman and management as well as between Huebner and fellow news staffers. Read more
A WHP reporter and photographer preparing for a liveshot were forced to run from their own livetruck when the truck’s 40-foot mast collapsed. “Our photographer Bill and reporter Ewa Roman bolt from the truck when they hear a loud pop,” the station explained in a post on the station’s Facebook page. “Luckily no one was injured.”
And that includes passersby who were in the crowded parking lot when the mast fell across parked cars, with the dish and mastcam crashing into the pavement. The incident was captured on surveillance video from a business, and posted to the station’s website:
It remains unclear why the mast collapsed.
Whaley, a graduate of Memorial High School and Rice University who joined Channel 11 in 2009, said she was offered a reporting position with the station that she said she “ultimately determined was not the right fit for me.”
She said she will continue with Channel 11 through most of August and is “engaged in conversations for upcoming opportunities.”
Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, who first reported the story, also talks to Whaley about what’s next.
Today we look at the number two market in the US where the top stories seemed to be the Donald Sterling trial, immigration issues and the focus on the beating of a woman on a local freeway by a CHP officer.
KCBS was the only surprise with its first block focusing on recent beach dangers.
A Minneapolis Metro Transit bus driver died Friday after his bus went out of control and at one point took out part of CBS owned station WCCO‘s building.
The station said the bus driver “suffered a sudden collapse while driving due to natural causes.”
WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak was walking down the mall and narrowly missed being hit.
“You do a quick calculation: Do I run away or sneak by it? Because it was moving so slowly, I decided to run toward it and around it, but had to jump over some debris that was being pushed towards me,” Augustyniak said. “The streets were empty because it’s a holiday, so I would say, all and all, lucky no pedestrians were hurt.”
A bicyclist near Augustyniak was sideswiped. He suffered some scrapes, and received medical attention at the scene.
The bus came to a stop next to Peavey Plaza on the corner of 12th Street and Nicollet Mall. Gasoline was seen spewing from the back of the bus, leaving a trail across Nicollet.
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