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WCTV Reporter Speaks at Memorial Service for his Grandfather, Mike Wallace

Eames Yates, a Valdosta, GA bureau reporter for Tallahasse CBS affiliate WCTV, spoke at his grandfather Mike Wallace‘s memorial service in New York today.

Yates was just 3 months old when his grandmother Mary married Mike Wallace. Yates talked about how he and his grandfather “bonded” over a shared trait: self-criticism. He also said he hoped to make his grandfather proud as he follows in his footsteps.

Yates conducted the final interview with Wallace, which aired on WCTV in the days after his death April 8.

WCTV Airs Never Before Seen Interview with Mike Wallace Conducted by His Grandson, Now a Reporter

WCTV in Tallahassee aired a never before seen interview with CBS News legend Mike Wallace this week. The CBS-affiliate was able to land the exclusive video, which was shot six years ago, because the interview was conducted by Wallace’s grandson, Eames Yates, who now works as a reporter for the station.

Wallace is remarkably candid in the interview. At one point, he admits that he sacrificed his family for his career.

“I was more interested in my work than in my family,” Wallace tells his grandson. Video inside… Read more

Patricia Santos Joins KJRH from WTXL

Reporter Patricia Santos has joined KJRH, the NBC-affiliate in Tulsa, Florida News Center reports.

Santos joins the station after three years as a reporter for WTXL in Tallahassee. Her first day at KJRH was April 3.

Santos is a bilingual reporter who was also a photographer, producer and editor at WTXL. She has also worked at KQTV in St. Joseph, MO, and KGET-KKEY in Bakersfield, CA.

Tallahassee Children’s Center Sues WCTV For Defamation

A Tallahassee children’s center is suing WCTV, the CBS-affiliate in Tallahassee, for defamation. The station is accused of spreading false information about a sexual assault that hurt business and eventually led to the center shutting down.

The center, called Ollie Wallie’s, was investigated by the Tallahassee Police after a parent claimed their child was sexually assaulted by a staff member. According to Florida News Center, Investigators eventually determined that no such assault had taken place, and no charges were ever filed.

After the initial news broke, WCTV provided detailed coverage of the alleged assault by reporters Jerry Askin and Candace Sweat, who are both named in the defamation suit. Read more

Knocked Off the Air, Tallahassee’s WCTV Posts Abridged Newscast on Facebook

Due to technical difficulties, Tallahassee’s WCTV couldn’t air its 11 p.m. newscast on Wednesday so the CBS-affiliate to took the web, using its website as well as Facebook and Twitter, to give viewers their nightly news update.

As Lost Remote reports:

The newsroom kept the updates flowing on WCTV.tv, Facebook and Twitter, and it also posted a few videos of anchor Lee Gordon reading stories from the newscast.

WCTV alerted viewers on Facebook and Twitter that technical difficulties would cause the station to cancel its 11 p.m. newscast, and then posted three videos, that appeared to be shot by a phone, on its Facebook page with Gordon providing updates on local elections as well as the arrest of a man in connection with a recent shooting death.

“We hope that you’ll continue to make WCTV your choice for local news coverage,” WCTV wrote on its Facebook page, subtly emphasizing that the station’s news coverage extends beyond the TV screen.

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