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Wegmann Out, Dishnow In as Anchor for WFTX

Amy Wegmann (pictured left) will not return to the anchor desk at Fort Myers’ FOX affiliate WFTX, choosing instead to focus full-time on her husbands run for Congress.

Last December, the Fort Myers anchor left the station on maternity leave for the birth of their son.  She then extended the leave to support her husband, Trey Radel, who is now running as the Republican candidate for the District 19 seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV’s run for Senate.

“This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to help my husband become our next U.S. Congressman,” Wegmann said. “I will miss the day-to-day news activity and the people at Fox 4.”

Emily Dishnow (pictured right) was named permanent full-time co-anchor.

“Emily has filled in for the past few months while Amy was on leave and our viewers have been incredibly supportive and complimentary,” vice president and general manager Judy Kenney said.  ”It’s a natural move for a strong member of our team.”

[Naples Daily News]

Nick Spinetto, Lindsay Liepman Leaving WINK

WINK husband and wife team Nick Spinetto and Lindsay Liepman are leaving the Fort Myers CBS-affiliate.

Spinetto, a general assignment reporter at the station, is moving to Manchester ABC-affiliate WMUR as a reporter. “Thank you for all the support and sharing your stories with me over the past 6 years,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s been an incredible experience.”

Liepman, the noon anchor, is expected to stay at WINK through mid-September before joining him in New Hampshire, according to the News-Press. The couple have both worked at the station for six years.

Mike Brooks Named Evening Anchor at KOKH

Mike Brooks is returning to his home state to join KOKH, the Fox-affiliate in Oklahoma City, as evening anchor.

“This will be a great opportunity to return to my home state and my old friends,” Brooks told TVSpy via email. “They have a great group of journalists at KOKH, a terrific news director, and I look forward to joining the team.”

Brooks was most recently a freelance anchor at WFTX in Fort Myers. Prior to that, he was morning anchor at WGCL in Atlanta. Brooks, who signed off from WFTX on Friday, will be anchoring KOKH’s 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Jamie Cerreta.

WBBH Adds Charlie Keegan, Says Goodbye to Andy Pierrotti

Fort Myers NBC-affiliate WBBH is adding reporter Charlie Keegan and saying goodbye to reporter Andy Pierrotti (pictured), according to the News-Press.

Keegan joins WBBH as a reporter for the station’s Charlotte County bureau. He will cover Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. Previously, Keegan was a reporter for KFBB, the ABC-affiliate in Great Falls, MT.

Pierrotti, an investigative reporter, is leaving WBBH to join KVUE, the ABC-affiliate in Austin, where he will serve in the same role. He joined WBBH in early 2010, according to the News-Press.

Morning Anchor Lisa Spooner Leaving WFTX

Morning anchor Lisa Spooner is leaving WFTX, the Fox-affiliate in Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.

Spooner, who joined WFTX in 2011, will anchor her last newscast this Wednesday.

“It was a very tough decision to leave Fox4,” Spooner said. “I love the people here and I will miss working with them. You won’t … find a friendlier newsroom who genuinely cares about each other and wants to see their co-workers succeed … both personally and professionally.”

The News-Press reports Spooner will be moving to another television station outside of the Fort Myers market. On WFTX, weekend anchor Mike Brooks will fill in on the morning newscast until a permanent replacement is named.

Krista Fogelsong to Mornings, Heather Turco to Afternoons at WBBH

Morning anchor Heather Turco (left) and noon anchor Krista Fogelsong (right) are swapping schedules at WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers, according to the News-Press.

Beginning this week, Fogelsong, who joined the station earlier this month and has been anchoring the noon newscast, will take over alongside Clay Miller on the 5, 6 and 11 a.m. newscasts. She replaces Turco, who will move to the noon and 4 p.m. anchor spot.

“These two moves create a commanding level of experience in news anchor teams across every day part,” news director Darrel Lieze-Adams said in a statement. “Our viewers will only benefit from our depth of experience throughout the day.”

Reporter Clifton French Leaving WSBT in South Bend

After more than two years at WSBT in South Bend, reporter Clifton French is leaving the station for a job in Florida.

“So it’s official … my wife and I are heading to Fort Myers, FL at the end of the month!” French wrote on Facebook yesterday. “We will miss Michiana, but thank you for all the memories and good times!”

French is rumored to be joining WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers. WBBH and WSBT have yet to respond to requests for comment from TVSpy.

WBBH Anchors, and Brian Williams, Celebrate Len Jennings as He Says Goodbye to Fort Myers

Len Jennings, who will join KMBC in Kansas City this summer, signed off from Fort Myers NBC-affiliate WBBH last night.

The station called on past and present staffers, as well as a few surprise guests from NBC News, for a final sendoff to Jennings, who has been with WBBH-WZVN since 2001.

“You’ve taught me so much about being a class act, a nice guy, humble. I haven’t actually tried any of those things for myself yet, but you did teach me,” WBBH anchor Patrick Nolan joked.

“From all of us here at the mother ship, NBC News headquarters in New York, we want to wish you all the best as you leave our Southwest Florida family,” “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams said. Video inside… Read more

Reporter Stephanie Kolp Joins WESH From WBBH

Reporter Stephanie Kolp will join Orlando NBC-affiliate WESH next month, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Kolp comes from WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers. Prior to that, she was a reporter, anchor and producer at WLNS in Lansing, MI. She will begin at WESH on June 21.

“Stephanie is a strong storyteller and is exceptional at covering live, breaking news situations — which means she will fit right in here in our always changing news landscape,” WESH news director Bob Longo said in a staff memo obtained by the Sentinel.

Anchor Krista Fogelsong Returning to Florida

Krista Fogelsong is leaving her anchor post at WBND in South Bend to return to Fort Myers.

Fogelsong, who worked at Fort Myers Fox-affiliate WFTX before heading north, is set to join WBBH, the market’s NBC-affiliate.  Her first day is June 4th.

“Krista brings 15 years of experience reporting, producing and anchoring,” the station said, announcing the move.  “We are very pleased that NBC2 was her station of choice upon returning to the area.”

Fogelsong was a main anchor at WFTX from 2002 to 2007.  Her return to Fort Myers has been rumored for the past few weeks. Read more

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