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Former KHOU News Director Dick John Dies

john_khou_croppedDick John, news director and anchor for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU from 1968 to 1975, has died.

According to the Houston Chronicle, John died in his sleep Tuesday. He was 84.

He was known for hiring future network news stars like Jessica Savitch and Linda Ellerbee among others.

John was a member of a group of station alumni. His son wrote on the group’s facebook page, “He loved you all and now is with the love of his life Ramona, his dogs, and those that have gone before. I can also say that as a father he was the best.”

‘This Is Not OK’: KRIV Reporter Shows Up at NFL Player’s Home to Ask About Paternity Suit

Isiah Carey, reporter for Houston FOX owned station KRIV was investigating a paternity suit involving Houston Texans Running Back Arian Foster.

Carey got Foster’s address off the lawsuit and visited his home, but not before knocking on the door of the woman in question. KRIV also posted the exchange on its website with the headline, “Arian Foster speaks to media for first time since paternity lawsuit.”

Needless to say, Foster was not happy with his unannounced visitor.

What do you think about Carey’s approach? Leave your answer in the comments.

[Complex Sports]

Chris Stipes Shifts to Weekends at KRIV

Chris Stipes is moving from weekday mornings to weekend evenings at KRIV, the Fox owned station in Houston. He announced the news Saturday on his Facebook page.

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff notes that the change means Stipes will now work the same days as his wife, Elissa Rivas, who is the weekend morning anchor for rival KTRK.

Jacqueline Crea Joins KHOU

jacqueline creaJacqueline Crea is joining Houston CBS affiliate KHOU as a general assignment reporter, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Crea comes from KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, where she is a multimedia journalist. She has previously worked at KNSD, the NBC owned station in San Diego.

Crea begins at KHOU next month, McGuff reports.

Rita Garcia Named KRIV Morning News Anchor

Garcia_KRIVRita Garcia has been named co anchor of the KRIV morning news effective immediately.

“Rita joined us two years ago from Los Angeles and made an immediate impact with her style, news instinct and engaging personality,” KRIV vice president and general manager D’Artagnan Bebel said in a statement. “We are happy to make this well-deserved opportunity available to her.”

Before working as the weekend anchor and reporter for the FOX owned Houston station, she was a freelance reporter for KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles. She has also worked at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley.

Charlotte FOX Station Adds Houston Reporter as Assistant ND

hibbert_croppedKRIV reporter and anchor Ned Hibberd is leaving the Houston FOX owned station after being promoted to assistant news director at FOX’s Charlotte, NC, station WJZY.

“Ned has been an integral part of our news team over the last 23 years,” D’Artagnan Bebel, VP and general manager of KRIV said in a statement. “He is an accomplished storyteller, whose keen insight into emerging technologies and unique news style will be missed. We wish him well in his new position.”

Hibberd, who has worked at KRIV since 1990, will start at WJZY on December 2. His last day at KRIV will be November 24.

Jake Hamilton Joins ‘Good Day Chicago’ from FOX’s Houston Station

WFLD has added another piece to its newly reworked “Good Day Chicago” puzzle. Jake Hamilton is joining the FOX owned Chicago station’s morning show as a feature reporter.

Hamilton is staying in the FOX family. He comes from the Houston FOX owned station KRIV where he was an entertainment reporter.

Though TVSpy hears he won’t be doing the same sort of work he did in Houston, he seems to have pushed some buttons in Chicago already. After taking a look at Hamilton’s goodbye on KRIV, Chicago media writer Robert Feder asked, “Is it too late to send him back to Houston?”

Investigative Reporter Jace Larson Joins KPRC

Larson_croppedJace Larson has joined Houston NBC affiliate KPRC as an investigative reporter.

While Larson told fans about his new job on facebook, he also addressed rumors about why he left Denver’s KUSA, “Someone started a rumor at the federal agency I investigated Friday. The rumor is that I got fired for doing the story about a taxpayer funded trip to Vegas. I thought you would enjoy knowing that.”

Before working at KUSA, Larson had worked at Tulsa, OK, and Quincy, IL.

[Mike McGuff]

Former Houston Anchor Alan Hemberger Dies

hemberger_ktrkAlan Hemberger, former anchor for Houston ABC owned station KTRK, was found dead at his home in Massachusetts over the weekend.

According to KTRK, he was found after family members asked authorities to check on him when they couldn’t reach him.

Hemberger anchored the 5:00 p.m. news for nine years starting in 1989.

KTRK said in a statement, “Alan’s friends and former co-workers at KTRK-TV are saddened by his passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

The cause of death hasn’t been determined. He was 65.

Tribune Names Roger Bare SVP-GM of KDAF

CW33Roger Bare has been named senior vice president and general manager at KDAF, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate in Dallas. His appointment is effective October 11.

In his new role, Bare will continue as vice president and general manager of KIAH, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Houston. He has worked at KIAH since 1992 and been VP-GM since 2004.

“Dallas is a great market and I look forward to the support and ideas of the talented and creative people at KDAF-TV and KIAH-TV as we charge forward in the weeks ahead,” Bare said in a statement.

At KDAF, Bare replaces Joe Young, who announced his retirement earlier this week.

More in the official announcement from Tribune after the jump. Read more

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