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Richard Kurz Named News Director at KWQC

kwqc logoRichard Kurz has been named news director at KWQC, Media General’s NBC affiliate in Davenport, Iowa. According to TVNewsCheck, his appointment is effective March 4.

Kurz has been an executive producer and special projects manager for KGW, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore., since 2006. He has previously worked as a producer at KGW and at KGUN, the ABC affiliate in Tucson. He began his career as a copy editor at WTTG, the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C.

Kurz replaces Beth Marsoun, who stepped down in January.

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KWQC News Director Beth Marsoun Steps Down

kwqc_logoBeth Marsoun has stepped down as news director of KWQC, the NBC affiliate in Davenport, Iowa, general manager Ken Freedman confirms to TVSpy.

After working as an intern at KWQC in college, Marsoun officially began her career at the station as a news editor in 2003. She worked as KWQC’s executive producer before she was promoted to news director in 2012.

Freedman called Marsoun a “beloved member of our team.” She will stay in her role until a successor is named, and possibly stay with the station beyond that: “It is both Beth’s intention and my goal to find an appropriate position, to be determined at a later date, in the KWQC news department once we transition to a new news director,” Freedman told TVSpy.

Melissa Smith Joins KWQC as Morning Co-Anchor

Melissa Smith is joining KWQC, the NBC affiliate in Davenport, Iowa, as morning co-anchor.

Smith moves to the Quad Cities from Traverse City, Mich., where she is currently the morning anchor at NBC affiliate WPBN.

“Melissa is a leader in and out of the newsroom. She is a strong journalist with a community based philosophy. She’ll fit right in with the KWQC family,” KWQC news director Beth Marsoun said in a statement. “Melissa has a kind way and bright personality.”

Smith will anchor alongside David Nelson and meteorologist Greg Dutra. She replaces Jessica Tighe, who recently joined WDJT in Milwaukee.

Davenport’s KWQC Names General Sales Manager

John Mann will join KWQC, Davenport’s NBC affiliate, as the general sales manager.

“John has a consistent track record of helping stations turn in exceptional sales performances and I am excited to have him join us,” said KWQC vice president and general manager Ken Freedman.  “He will be a major asset for KWQC and Young Broadcasting here in the Quad Cities, translating his wealth of experience to this dynamic market and building strong relationships throughout these communities.”

Mann, who has held a number of senior-level positions at stations around the country, joins KWQC from KPTM-KXVO in Omaha, NE.

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Anchor Kim Johnson Joins KTVX From KLJB

Kim Johnson is the new weekend anchor at Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate KTVX.

Johnson joins the station from KLJB, the Fox-affiliate in the Quad Cities of eastern Iowa and west-central Illinois, where she is the primary anchor. Prior to joining KLJB in 2010, Johnson worked at WGBA in Green Bay and WDIO in Duluth.

Johnson will sign off from KLJB on July 26.

Beth Marsoun Named News Director at KWQC

Beth Marsoun has been named news director at KWQC, the NBC-affiliate in Davenport, IA.

Marsoun has been serving as the station’s interim news director since March. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“Beth has distinguished herself as a strong leader of KWQC’s news department, winning the respect of those both inside and outside of the station,” KWQC VP-GM Kenneth Freedman said in a statement. “She has worked tirelessly to uphold the reputation of KWQC as the place those in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois turn to keep informed, engaged and alert to the issues that affect them.”

After working as an intern at KWQC in college, she officially began her career at the station as a news editor in 2003. Most recently, she has been the station’s executive producer. [via TVNewsCheck]

Longtime KWQC Anchor Paula Sands Announces Cancer Diagnosis On-Air

Paula Sands, who anchors KWQC‘s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts in addition to hosting the daily lifestyle show “Paula Sands Live,” announced to viewers on Thursday that she has Stage II ovarian cancer.

Sands has been away from her show for the last couple of weeks and she explained why on Thursday: she has been undergoing surgery and will now be receiving six rounds of chemotherapy.

“After 18 years sharing my life and sharing your lives,” Sands said in a segment taped at her home. “I want to show that having a job in television does not make one immune from life’s tragedies. We’re all in this together” (video inside, announcement begins at the 7:15 mark). Read more

Kenneth Freedman Named GM of Young’s KWQC

Kenneth Freedman has been named general manager of KWQC, Young Broadcasting’s NBC-affiliate in Davenport, IA.

Freedman comes to KWQC from KGW in Portland, OR, where he served as general sales manager. Throughout his career, he has held management positions at Salt Lake City’s KSTU as well as Orlando stations WKMG, WOFL, and WRBW.

“Ken has been an inspiring leader throughout his career-building broadcast and new media teams, and leading those teams to setting sales records and growing business at every station where he has worked,” said Young Broadcasting president Deborah McDermott, in announcing the move. “KWQC is in good hands with his talent, experience and initiative, and I am confident that he will play a vital role in the future of the station and Young.”

Freedman, who succeeds interim GM Brian Greif, says that he looks forward to expanding KWQC’s “presence on-air, online and in the community.”