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Catherine Hawley to Join WMAR

hawley_wmar croppedWMAR has announced Catherine Hawley will join the Baltimore ABC affiliate as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

“We are really excited to have Catherine join the ABC2 team” Kelly Groft, WMAR news director, said in a statement. “It’s been in the works for several weeks and we can’t wait for Baltimore viewers to get to know her!”

Before coming to WMAR Hawley worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WRIC in Richmond, VA, and WTVH in Syracuse, NY. She starts Monday.

Reporter for Houston ABC Station Heads to Dallas ABC Affiliate

fernandez facebookDemond Fernadez is leaving Houston ABC owned station KTRK to work as a reporter at Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

“I’ve enjoyed three awesome years in Houston,” Fernandez told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff who first reported the move. “I’d like to thank the ABC 13 viewers, neighbors and community members across the area who trusted me to help tell their stories. I’m very excited about this new journey in my career.”

Fernandez started at KTRK in May 2011. He has also worked at WOAI in San Antonio, WEYI in Flint, MI, and WSYM in Lansing, MI.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy Fernandez will start June 23.

Giacomo Luca Starts His Climb Up the Ladder

luca wlio_304In April, we told you about Roosevelt University student Giacomo Luca who spent his weekends producing and anchoring for Lima, OH, NBC affiliate WLIO four hours away.

Robert Feder reports Luca has graduated and now has a job at KFVS, the CBS affiliate in Cape Girardeau, MO. He’ll work as a reporter.

“I believe that my new position with KFVS in a considerably larger market with a larger corporation will better help me advance toward my goal of becoming an international correspondent,” Luca told Feder.

Jessica Doyle Leaving WUSA

jessica-doyleJessica Doyle has announced she is leaving Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA.

“Starting next month, I will take on the role of Director of Corporate Communications at Starwood Hotels & Resorts,” Doyle posted to her facebook page. “I will miss the dear friends I have made over the past 5 years at WUSA9. I move to the New York area in July.”

Doyle joined WUSA in February 2009. She has also freelanced for CNN Newsource, worked for 3WT Radio, washingtonpost.com and CNBC in Fort Lee, NJ.

Little Rock Reporter Moves to Sales Department

lewis cropped katvKATV reporter Justin Lewis has announced he will become an account executive for the Little Rock ABC affiliate.

“In June, I will be stepping away from the television camera, but not leaving KATV,” Lewis wrote on his facebook page. “I’ve enjoyed my two years at Channel 7, but have decided I want different things out of my work and life in general.”

Lewis started at KATV in June 2012. His first job in local TV was with WTVA in Tupelo, MS.

[Arkansas TV News]

Josh DeVine Says Goodbye to WSMV

Josh DeVine is leaving WSMV after five years at the Nashville NBC affiliate, he announced on Twitter.

DeVine is a general assignment reporter who occasionally fills in as a news and weather anchor for WSMV.

Reporter Reveals Leak in Police Department by Checking on Leaked Story

andycordan_wkrnWKRN reporter Andy Cordan may have accidentally let Franklin, TN, police know they had an inside leak when he checked up on a story that had been leaked to him.

According to The Tennessean, Franklin deputy chief of police Mike Jordan “had been routinely sharing information” with the Nashville ABC affiliate’s reporter about an investigation into a GPS device found on a car owned by actress Ashley Judd.

Police were tipped off after receiving an e-mail Nov. 11 from Cordan requesting information from police spokesman Sgt. Charlie Warner about the GPS device found on Ashley Judd’s car on Nov. 8. Cordan’s e-mail to Warner used language taken verbatim from police documents.
“It appeared to be a clip and paste from an internal document that Andy Cordan was using in asking for information,” [Franklin Police Chief David] Rahinsky said in during the hearing.

Records show Jordan had e-mailed Cordan on Nov. 11 telling him about the GPS device as well as three other investigations. Police also found numerous other e-mails going back several months between the two where Jordan shared information with Cordan. Read more

WABC Reporter Nearly Run Over by Truck During Live Shot


WABC reporter Kristin Thorne was just about to start her live report as part of the New York ABC owned station’s team coverage of the most recent snowfall to hit the area when she was almost hit by a large truck.

The driver honked his/her horn before barreling through the shot. Thorne ducked out of the way and told everyone she was OK, adding, “We had someone, obviously, who was not happy that we were standing in the road.”

[FTVLive]

Reporter Who Acted out ‘Bear Safety Tips’ Attempts Reverse Standup


Julie Tremmel, reporter for Providence, RI, NBC affiliate WJAR has found another way to draw our attention.

Friday night, while reporting on local auditions for the NBC show America’s Got Talent, Tremmel attempted to walk on her hands in her stand up and ended up in a back bend.

In July Tremmel showed viewers what to do in case they came into contact with a bear.

GoLocalProv reported Tremmel’s colleague, investigative reporter Jim Taricani, said at the time the report was a “smudge” on the station’s reputation and added, “…some tv reporters like to draw attention to themselves…its an insult to most of us trying to be professional.”

WPIX Adds Reporter From Hartford

harry_wpixAyana Harry will join Tribune’s New York CW station WPIX as a general assignment reporter tomorrow.

“Ayana has been part of the Tribune family since 2011, when she joined FOX CT,” Rich Graziano, president and general manager of WPIX said in a statement. “Ayana is Brooklyn native and a talented, hard-hitting journalist focused on telling the stories of our community.”

Harry comes to WPIX from Tribune’s Hartford, CT, station WTIC. Before working at WTIC, Harry was a digital reporter and field producer for ABC News. She has also worked as an associate producer, production associate and desk assistant for ABC News.

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