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KUSA News Director Patti Dennis Gets Expanded Role with Gannett

dennis_kusa_croppedPatti Dennis, VP of news at Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, has been given a role in choosing who works for the station’s parent company Gannett.

“In her new role, Patti will work directly with our stations to help recruit both on and off air candidates,” Rob Mennie, Gannett Broadcasting’s SVP of news, said in an email sent to staffers. “She will create an online database of potential employees and work with a small team of people in order to find the best and brightest for our properties.”

Mennie added Dennis will be less involved in day to day operations of KUSA but will keep her title.

Dennis told The Denver Post via email, “I am working on the new assignment as well as working with the newsroom in Denver for a while.”

[The Denver Post]

KUSA Adds Whitney Wild As Reporter

wild_wjla_croppedWhitney Wild is joining Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

Wild told TVSpy she starts Monday, March 24 as a general assignment reporter and added, “I’m greatly looking forward to joining KUSA.”

Wild comes to KUSA from WJLA in Washington, D.C. where she started in 2011.

Denver Station’s Website Hacked

kusa_olympic logoDenver NBC affiliate KUSA had its website hacked.

Patti Dennis KUSA’s VP of news told TVSpy, “The photo gallery section of our website was hacked on Tuesday evening.  We immediately noticed the changes and worked quickly to shutdown that portion of our site.”

Dennis also told us the problem with the website’s security has been fixed

Last night anchor Kyle Clark told viewers, “Our apologies to everyone who stopped by 9News.com tonight and saw the obscene images posted by someone who got on to our website. We got them down in short order and we have temporarily removed our photo galleries while we scrub out the filth. It is a delightful world we live in. Again, our apologies for that.”

Man Holding Hostage Calls Denver FOX Reporter During Standoff


Denver FOX affiliate KDVR found itself at the center of a hostage negotiation Monday night.

Convicted felon Don Pooley took a 13-year-old boy hostage in his Colorado home for more than 18 hours and according to KDVR, “[...] had been monitoring local news reports about the standoff and at one point called FOX31 Denver reporter Julie Hayden Monday night telling her about the situation.”

With police listening in, Hayden asked Pooley if there was any way he could let the kid go. “Absolutely not,” answered Pooley, who said he thought the hostage was the only way he could get the FBI to back off. “I feel horrible for this little boy right now,” said Pooley. “He hasn’t stopped shaking.”

KDVR reports Pooley was killed when police entered the home. The teenaged boy was released unhurt.

Amelia Earhart Flying Away from KUSA

earhart_kusa_croppedAmelia Earhart, traffic reporter for KUSA, will leave the Denver NBC affiliate when her contract is up in April.

Earhart, who is no relation to the famous missing aviator, has scheduled an around-the-world flight in June in honor of her namesake.

“It was good timing ahead of the around-the-world flight,” Earhart told The Denver Post’s Joan Ostrow.

She told viewers on her facebook page, “It’s now time to go all in with my career in aviation, inspiration, and the Fly With Amelia Foundation. Now through June, my focus will be on flight training, planning, and preparation for the around the world flight.” Earhart added her last day will be April 11 and she plans to come back on a fill-in basis.

According to Ostrow, KUSA news director Patti Dennis has been aware of Earhart’s plan since late last year and already has someone in mind to take her place, though no one was named. Dennis told Ostrow, “She’s going full bore into the Fly With Amelia Foundation. She wants to devote herself to aviation.”

KUSA Investigative Reporter Will Ripley Joins CNN International

will ripley cnnAfter three years at Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, Will Ripley is joining CNN International as a Tokyo-based correspondent.

“Will is a tenacious, dedicated, courageous reporter – exactly what we look for at CNN,” EVP and managing director of CNN International Tony Maddox said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the CNN family as we continue to strengthen our coverage in the Asia region.”

At KUSA, Ripley was an investigative journalist and anchor. Before that, he worked at KRGV in Welasco, Texas and KRCG in Columbia, Mo.

Denver CBS Station Doesn’t Renew Greg Moody’s Contract

greg-moody2The Denver Post is reporting Greg Moody, “critic at large” for Denver CBS owned station KCNC will leave the station after his contract was not renewed.

The Post said news director Tim Wieland told Moody he could pick his departure date. Moody still reportedly has six weeks still left on his contract and is still on the air.

Moody told The Post, I’m gobsmacked.”

Moody started working in Denver as a “critic at large” in 1986 at KUSA. He moved to KCNC in 1988. His station bio reads, “Critic at Large Greg Moody was born in a Conestoga wagon on the eastern plains of Colorado in 1861. He is the son of General John Moody, Grand Exalted Poobah of the Order of Donuts, and Myrna Hatchfield, a sweet young girl heading West for her health.”

Former KDVR Contributor Sues Station, Says He Was Fired Because of Bankruptcy

cd22martinoFormer KDVR contributor Tom Martino is suing the Denver FOX affiliate because he says the station let him go when he filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

Martino, known as “The Troubleshooter,” appeared in regular segments on KDVR as well as a Denver AM radio station.

His lawsuit alleges the station let him go after it learned he was filing for bankruptcy. Martino claims the move violated federal protections.

Martino is no stranger to the headlines lately. He was arrested in December for allegedly punching his wife in the face while the two were waiting a a stoplight.

 The Denver Post reports KDVR said it didn’t renew his contract because ‘it wanted a host with “less personality.’ That Martino filed for bankruptcy had nothing to do with it, according to the case filed in U.S. District Court in Denver.” Read more

KUSA Photog Makes Amazing One-Handed Catch During Broncos Game


KUSA photographer Brian Olson was standing behind the uprights when the Denver Broncos attempted a field goal against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

When Broncos kicker Matt Prater 54-yard attempt hit the upright, the photographer for the Denver NBC affiliate had to one-up the kicker by catching his kick…with one hand…and all without missing the refs call.

[FTVLive]

Wyoming Station Shuts Down Colorado Subchannel

NOCO5LogoNorther Colorado 5, the Fort Collins, CO, CBS affiliate has shut down.

The CBS affiliate aired programming including news from KGWN, on the Cheyenne, WY, CBS affiliate’s digital subchannel.

“Despite the efforts of many great people and an investment over the past five years, NoCo5 concluded that it could no longer effectively serve the Northern Colorado area,” said station manager Tregg White. “We regret that all their efforts and all of our investments were simply insufficient to make this hyper-regional station a viable long-term operation. To our loyal viewers and local advertisers, we say thank you for your support.”

Fort Collins is roughly 60 miles North of Denver and 45 miles South of Cheyenne. According to The Coloradoan the station was unable to keep up with the larger and better funded stations broadcasting form nearby Denver.

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