“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.
“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.”
Farrell spent ten years at WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers, before joining WINK in April 1992. He is the meteorologist for the station’s weekday newscasts at 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m.
He told the News-Press that the biggest change to the industry in 30 years has been technology.
“When I started in 1982, we used magnetic H’s and L’s (for “highs” and “lows”),” Farrell said. “Today, we have computer graphics, models and Doppler radar. The on-air presentation and the forecast accuracy have improved greatly.”
Citing reliable sources, the Fort Myers News-Press reports that Fogelsong is staying at WBND until the end of the May ratings period, and then she will begin working at WBBH in early June.
Fogelsong’s agent, Mort Meisner, told TVSpy today that he can’t comment about the rumors, but added, “Any announcement should come from the Florida station.”
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Yeager, who is the station’s chief investigative reporter, is returning to her hometown of Kansas City as she joins KSHB, the NBC-affiliate. Her last day at WINK will be May 11.
Maloney, a weekend anchor and reporter at WINK, has also left the station.
Pastrana is leaving the television business altogether. She has moved to the Miami area for a job at a local radio station.
Lodhia recently announced the news on her Facebook page. “I’ll be moving closer to my family and getting to experience so many new things,” she wrote. “I’m very excited, but I will miss y’all so much! Thanks for everything!”
Until last week, Lodhia was a morning reporter at WFTX. She will join KTRK later this month in the same role.
The changes were made because Liepman, the former morning anchor who recently returned from maternity leave, wanted to work more regular hours, according to the News-Press. She will anchor the noon newscast and report in the afternoons. Her husband, WINK reporter Nick Spinetto, will take paternity leave to be with the newborn.
Stacy, formerly the noon anchor, will handle the morning newscasts, anchoring from 5-7 a.m. on WINK and from 7-9 a.m. on sister station WXCW. Reporter Alissa Reitmeier has also joined the morning team as the traffic anchor.
Butera, who has worked at WFTS since 2009, will anchor the 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts for WZVN, the Fort Myers ABC-affiliate.
“It’s tough to leave behind the great people I’ve worked with and met along the way in Tampa Bay, but I’m excited about a new challenge,” he wrote on Facebook.
Repp’s departure comes after just eight months with the station. He joined WBBH in June from WTVY, the CBS-affiliate in Dothan, AL. Repp grew up near West Palm Beach.
“It’s been short and sweet Fort Myers!” Repp wrote on Facebook. “Say hello to West Palm’s newest reporter! I’m going home!”