“Cara has been part of our family for six years. And family… is the big reason for the change. Cara expressed to me her love of Channel 4 and of reporting, but also her need to shift her priorities as a new mom,” news director Matthew Hilk wrote in an email to staffers obtained by TVSpy. “We will miss her energy, passion, persistence, and political expertise.”
After 12 years at WTVF, Kristin Priesol is saying goodbye to the Nashville CBS affiliate. She announced the news on Facebook, writing, “it’s just time to be with my own family in the morning and at night.”
“I hope you understand while I am very passionate about telling stories and connecting with our wonderful community my heart is at home, which is where I need to be right now,” Priesol wrote. “Of course none of us know what the future holds. I will find another job just something that allows me to be around during meal time, homework with the kids and yes, even chores.”
Priesol, who anchors the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will officially sign off from WTVF on August 2.
WSMV weekend anchor and reporter Jonathan Martin is leaving the Nashville NBC affiliate. A formal announcement is expected on Martin’s plans in the coming weeks, TVSpy has learned. He will work at WSMV through the end of the July.
“His hard work, tenacity, team spirit and his thorough, responsible, and creative approach to news have made him a great fit for WSMV, and he’ll be missed,” WSMV news director Matthew Hilk wrote in a memo to staffers.
Martin joined WSMV in 2007. Before that, he spent two years as a reporter and anchor at WRDW, the CBS affiliate in Augusta, Ga.
WSMV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville, has issued a correction to a series of reports on the disappearance of Holly Bobo that have aired over the last month.
The station reviewed the reports after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation slammed them as “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism.” In the on-air correction (video above), anchor Tom Randles walked back much of the information provided from “Without Warning,” a nonprofit organization assisting the Bobo family with investigating the disappearance.
“Channel 4 regrets not doing a better job of seeking law enforcement reaction to these items,” Randles said. “… We’ve addressed the issues and taken steps to ensure that all of our stories uphold the standard of accuracy and fairness you’ve come to expect.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is criticizing Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV for “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism,” saying its reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo has been “harmful to the case.”
The station has aired a series of reports on Bobo, a nursing student who went missing two years ago. Reports have included information from nonprofit organization “Without Warning.” In a statement released Friday, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the group “did not investigate the case … to law enforcement standards.” TBI also accuses the group of regurgitating “information they had heard and read in order to talk about the case on television.”
The statement takes issue with several reports on Bobo’s disappearance by Dennis Ferrier, as well as a special documentary that aired on WSMV May 12:
“The erroneous television reports have led to false leads, public concern and have wasted valuable state resources,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “The most important thing, after finding Holly Bobo and the person responsible for her disappearance, is maintaining the integrity of this investigation should it ever go to trial. In addition, TBI is concerned that WSMV never confirmed any facts reported in the stories with our agency. Never have we seen such irresponsible and unprofessional journalism on an active and open TBI investigation that has been so harmful to the case.”
“To everyone in Kansas City, thank you so much for a very special few years. I am excited to share stories and experiences from Music City!” Sherman wrote. [h/t Bottom Line Communications]
“We are excited to have someone of Brian’s stature and experience leading our news department at FOX17 and look forward to the impact he will have on the market. His experience running highly successful newsrooms will be a huge asset to our operations,” WZTV general manager Dominic Mancuso said in announcing the news.
McGruder was vice president of news at WDAF in Kansas City for the past decade. He has also served as news director at WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, Ga. He replaces Roberta Petterson at WZTV. [h/t Bottom Line Communications]
The Nashville Police Department has posted the reward notice to its website, giving details about what happened during the robbery/shooting,
Lathon was approached by the gunman at 11:45 p.m. He demanded cash. She complied. The robber, who was dressed in all black and wore a mask, fired one time into Lathon’s car and fled on foot. She drove herself to a nearby hospital where she was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the arm.
Lathon, who described the gunshot as feeling like she’d been hit in the arm with a two by four, told WZTV, “I’m just glad to be here to tell the story and, you know, that I survived this, and that my family didn’t have to get another phone call.” Read more
Lathon was shot in the left arm after being robbed at a Bank of America drive-through ATM at 17th Ave. N. and Church street, according to the station. The incident occurred around midnight. Lathon drove herself a short distance to Baptist Hospital, where she was treated and released.
Lathon complied with the robber’s request for money while in her car, but the male suspect shot her anyway before fleeing the scene. Police are reviewing surveillance video from the bank, according to the Fox affiliate.
Arnold, who anchors the weekend evening newscasts, showed viewers some of his funniest on-air moments during his last newscast (video above). “In my last few seconds on the air, I want to say thank you. Thank you for watching over the years,” Arnold said.