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KCNC Adds Mark Taylor as Weekend Anchor

Mark Taylor is joining Denver CBS owned station KCNC as weekend morning anchor.

KCNC news director Tim Wieland tweeted out news of the move, “A new anchor & reporter joining the @CBSDenver team. Welcome Mark Taylor (@AddTaylor)! He’ll anchor weekend mornings & report.”

Taylor tweeted out a photo of his dog Paige (pictured) saying, “Paige & I are thrilled to be joining @CBSDenver as weekend am anchor. We will miss our @OKCFOX family! pic.twitter.com/aOgGN5EWYT

Taylor comes to KCNC from KOKH in Oklahoma City where he was the weekend anchor. Before KOKH he was a morning anchor and reporter at KLSR in Eugene, OR, and a reporter and fill-in anchor and weathercaster at Eugene’s KVAL.

KUSA’s Amelia Earhart Admits No Relation to Missing Aviation Legend

Telling viewers of Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, “Nothing’s ever as simple as we want it to be,” KUSA traffic reporter Amelia Earhart admitted she is not related to Amelia Earhart, the legendary aviatrix.

“As many of you may know, I am in the process of recreating her historic flight around the world,” Earhart posted to facebook. “As a part of this process, it became clear it was time to determine the EXACT connection between the two of us. After hiring a team of researchers, I learned today that though we share a name and a love of flight, the first Amelia Earhart and I are not from the same family.” You can see the video of her announcement after the jump.

The traffic reporter Earhart, who previously claimed a distant family connection to the female aviation pioneer and spoke of it recently during an interview on NBC’s “Today” Show, told viewers on facebook while the news was a “jolt,” she intends to forge ahead with plans to honor Amelia Earhart’s fateful 1937 flight by flying around the world in a single engine plane. See the video inside. Read more

Veteran Anchor Bertha Lynn Leaving KMGH

After almost three decades at KMGH, Bertha Lynn will sign off from the Denver ABC affiliate this week.

Lynn, who anchors the 11 a.m. newscast, has accepted a job as the executive director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation at Denver. Her last day at the anchor desk will be August 9.

“I have much to look forward to and much to look back on when assessing my career. It has been a privilege to collaborate with such skillful and caring journalism professionals,” Lynn said in a statement. “The people of Denver and Colorado have been very kind and generous to me as they watched me grow up.”

Lynn has worked on-air in Denver since 1976. Before joining KMGH, she worked as an anchor and reporter at KBTV (now KUSA). She was inducted into the Broadcast Professionals Hall of Fame in 2010.

“She is a true icon in journalism and for Denver viewers. Her career at 7NEWS is an inspiration to so many. But more than anything else, Bertha has worked tirelessly to improve our community,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said. “For this, we are grateful and not a bit surprised in her decision to lead this wonderful organization.”

KUSA’s Amelia Rose Earhart Announces Plans to Fly Around the World

KUSA weathercaster and traffic reporter Amelia Rose Earhart, the namesake and distant relative of Amelia Earhart, has announced plans to re-create the aviation legend’s final flight (video above). USA Today has details on the adventure:

Next summer, Earhart, 30, a Denver weather and traffic co-anchor, and co-pilot Patrick Carter, a Fayetteville, Ark., businessman and adventurer, will take off from Oakland for a two-week, 100-hour flight that will approximate as closely as possible the original flight. They’ll make the trek in a state-of-the-art, $4.6-million, 2014 model PC-12 NG provided by Pilatus Business Aircraft of Broomfield, Colo., one of two principal sponsors. She is announcing plans for the flight today at the EAA AirVenture 2013 aviation show in Oshkosh, Wis.

Earhart, who took her first flying lesson in June 2004 and earned her instrument rating about two months ago, says she’s pumped about the journey – but not nervous. “It’s been the most amazing adventure that hasn’t even happened yet,” says Earhart

KMGH Morning Anchor Ana Cabrera Joins CNN

After four years at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Ana Cabrera is joining CNN.

Cabrera joined KMGH as a reporter and weekend morning anchor and was promoted to weekday morning anchor in 2011. She will be a Denver-based correspondent for CNN.

“Cabrera is an incisive and versatile communicator,” CNN/U.S. vice president of newsgathering Terence Burke said in a statement. “Her award-winning journalism is a testament to her passion for telling the multitude of stories from Denver and the western region.”

Before joining KMGH, Cabrera worked at KHQ and KAYU in Spokane. She began her career as intern for KMGH and KCNC, the CBS O&O in Denver.

Sports Anchor Tom Helmer Joins KCNC

Tom Helmer is joining KCNC, the CBS O&O in Denver, as a sports anchor. He will begin on July 22.

“We are really excited to have Tom join the CBS4 team,” KCNC news director Tim Wieland said in a statement. “He makes fan involvement key in sharing sports with viewers and his experience is a great fit for our station.”

Helmer joins the station from Root Sports, where he co-hosted broadcasts of Colorado Rockies games and covered collegiate and high school athletics. He has also worked at KXTV in Sacramento and WZZM in Grand Rapids.

KMGH Teams Up With The Denver Post

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH is joining forces with The Denver Post to bring viewers ” impactful reporting and investigative storytelling that will bring positive change in Colorado.”

“These newsrooms are a great match,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “7NEWS and The Denver Post are the best at digging, investigating and reporting stories that will hold government accountable and make Colorado the best place possible. We have great plans for the partnership and they all revolve around finding and reporting stories that matter and reporting them on the biggest platform possible — the goal is impact.”

As part of the partnership, the newsrooms will work together on weather coverage and on providing additional Spanish-language content.

KUSA: KDVR Report on Italian Gun Executive ‘Came Apart Almost Instantly’

Denver NBC affiliate KUSA gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the station discovered a report on rival KDVR was a hoax (video above).

KUSA anchor Kyle Clark said KDVR’s report, which was about an Italian gun executive being detained after he was mistaken for a terrorist, “came apart almost instantly.” Clark began to investigate the claims after the station received several tips asking why the story hadn’t been covered on KUSA.

“There wasn’t anyone out there saying that the story happened as it was described elsewhere. So this wasn’t some great feat of investigative journalism on our part,” Clark said. “This was just the standard due diligence that we would do on any story.”

Fox affiliate KDVR admitted last week that the report was based on “an elaborate but false” story.

KDVR Admits Report on Italian Gun Executive Was ‘An Elaborate But False Story’

Denver Fox affiliate KDVR has admitted that a report broadcast Saturday about an Italian gun executive who was detained by local law enforcement was incorrect.

The station says Karina Aguirre, who claimed to be the man’s U.S. attorney, “concocted an elaborate but false story” about a man who was detained after a taxi driver mistook him for “a terrorist.” KDVR says they were referred to Aguirre by David Kopel, an attorney for the Independence Institute in Denver, and Steve Schreiner, a Colorado board member of the National Rifle Association.

“More steps should have been taken to corroborate Aguirre’s story and verify information provided by Kopel and Schreiner,” news director Ed Kosowski said in a statement. “KDVR is committed to fair, accurate and balanced reporting and we are reviewing policies and procedures to ensure our content meets those standards.”

Neither Kosowski’s statement or the post on KDVR’s website address the fact that the station failed to reach out to law enforcement or the gun company to corroborate Aguirre’s story before the report aired. In a strongly-worded statement Wednesday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said KDVR “dropped the ball.”

“The Sheriff’s Office feels that it is unfortunate for Fox 31 Denver to have released a report that claimed the Adams County Sheriff’s Office involvement in an event without verifying it first. It is also unfortunate and disturbing for Fox 31 Denver to have released such a bold report before doing their due diligence by thoroughly investigating the tips prior to broadcasting,” the statement reads.

The Sheriff’s office also praised KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, for uncovering the hoax.

KDVR Takes Down Story On Man Mistaken For Terrorist After Rival KUSA Discovers It’s a Hoax

Denver Fox affiliate KDVR has taken down a report about an Italian man who was detained for questioning after rival KUSA uncovered details that indicate the story was a hoax.

“We believe we were intentionally misled by someone who misrepresented herself not only to the news media but to two of our sources on the story, an NRA board member from Colorado and a nationally-recognized Second Amendment attorney, both of whom as recently as yesterday were standing by the story,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy in a statement. “These sources now tell us they believe they were misled by the woman. We are working on a follow-up story that will thoroughly explain what happened.”

The KDVR report, which aired Saturday, claims Daniele Perazzi, the grandson of a “prominent Italian gunmaker,” was questioned by law enforcement after “a taxi driver mistook him for a terrorist.” Hendrik Sybrandy sources the man’s U.S. attorney, who was not identified by name. KDVR reported the attorney said “that her client was scared during the incident because he’s not familiar with U.S. gun laws.”

KUSA said they received “numerous emails inquiring as to why the story wasn’t being broadly covered.” During the NBC affiliate’s investigation of the story, the gun company, the Adams County Sheriff’s office and the taxi company denied the incident happened, KUSA reported Tuesday night.

“The company says there’s no grandson named Daniele and they didn’t have a representative in Denver last week, either,” Kyle Clark said in the KUSA report.

KUSA also identified KDVR’s source as a Colorado woman named Korrine Aguirre. “There was a comment that I had made the other day that I probably shouldn’t have made,” Aguirre told KUSA. “Apparently that blew up a lot bigger than it was supposed to.”

The original story was removed from KDVR’s website Wednesday afternoon. TVSpy hears that KDVR staffers met Wednesday morning to review the report.

Watch both the KDVR report and the KUSA report after the jump.  Read more

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