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Investigative Reporter Glen Meek Joins KLAS

KLAS-304Glen Meek has joined KLAS, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, as an investigative reporter.

Meek has previously worked at an investigative reporter at several local stations, including the ABC and NBC affiliates in Las Vegas. Most recently, he was a criminal defense investigator for the federal public defender in Las Vegas.

“We know what a great investigative reporter Glen is because we competed against him for stories for many years. He is a serious journalist who knows our town, doesn’t back down, and is going to be a formidable addition to our I-Team,” chief investigative reporter George Knapp said in a statement.

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Miami CBS Station Has New AM News Anchor

makaula_croppedMiami’s WFOR has announced Walter Makaula will join the CBS owned station as co-anchor for “CBS4 News this Morning.”

Makaula will make his on-air debut one week after he joins the station on January 13.

“Walter is a multi-talented broadcaster who is equally skilled as a breaking news anchor and as a storyteller who reports on captivating human interest stories,” said WFOR VP and GM Adam Levy in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have him join our team.”

Makaula comes to WFOR from KSWB in San Diego, CA where he was an anchor. He has also worked at KHNL and KGMB in Honolulu, HI.

On the Move, 12/18/13

Cheryl Fiandaca has joined WHDH in Boston. Previously, she was a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department.

Luke Commare joins WDSU in New Orleans as director of sales. Commare comes from WDSU’s sister stations in the Hearst Television group, WPTZ-WNNE in Burlington-Plattsburgh, where he served as the general sales manager since 2012.

Fiandaca is represented by Ken Fishkin & Associates.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Sports Reporter Rich Walsh Out at WPXI

rich walshPittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI has not renewed sports reporter Rich Walsh‘s contract. Walsh was told his position was eliminated due to a “budget issue,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

“While we don’t have any plans to announce a replacement, our commitment to covering Pittsburgh sports won’t diminish,” WPXI VP-GM told the Post-Gazette. “In this world of ever-expanding technology and delivery platforms, broadcasters have to sometimes hit the ‘pause’ button and re-evaluate where they have their people and resources.That’s in essence what we are doing. Rich is a terrific talent and has been a valuable team member. We’re going to miss him.”

Before joining WPXI in 2005, Walsh anchored sports at WTRF in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Alexei Beltyukov On Battling Corruption at Skolkovo Foundation

According to Alexei Beltyukov, Russia has changed a great deal in his lifetime—and nearly all of that change has been for the better. For an example, look no further than to the increasingly progressive views that Russia takes toward tech entrepreneurship. The Russia of today has next to nothing in common with the Russia of Beltyukov’s youth, as far as this is concerned.

Then again, Alexei Beltyukov was technically born into the Soviet Union, which did not crumble until he was already a young man. In the Soviet days, small business ownership was non-existent in Russia. In fact, entrepreneurship was considered, in those days, to be criminal.

Things have changed, and according to Beltyukov, they changed virtually over night. Once the Soviet Union collapsed, everything was different. Suddenly, entrepreneurship was not only allowed, but also encouraged. Read more

On the Move, 12/17/13

Elysia Rodriguez joins WIVB in Buffalo as a reporter. Previously, Rodriguez worked at WWLP in Springfield, Mass.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

New Orleans TV Icon Frank Davis Dies

Frank Davis, New Orleans TV icon for CBS affiliate WWL has died.

For more than 30 years, Davis brought his morning show cooking segments, his “Fishin’ Game Report” and his “Naturally N’Awlins” features to New Orleans viewers.

In May this year, Davis revealed to viewers he was suffering from a rare autoimmune disease called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy which robbed him of the use of his arms and legs. He retired from the station in 2011.

“Thank God in heaven that I’ve got that happy personality, that I can see something bad and smile about it,” he told WWL medical reporter Meg Farris about his CIDP diagnosis in a May interview. “Believe me, I don’t want to smile about it because it bothers me. It’s a roller coaster ride. I’m good one day. I’m bad one day.” Read more

College Planning Network Guides Parents in College Prep for Kids

As a comprehensive resource that offers reliable solutions for higher education, College Planning Network is quite familiar with the many steps that are required to properly prepare a young student for university life. While many parents do not look forward to the day they send their children off to college, this noted organization says preparation can help make the process much easier.

When to Start

While it may seem excessive to start thinking about college as soon as a student enters high school, College Planning Network says it is vital to become comfortable with what the application, admissions, acceptance and financial aid process is like. Although younger high school students may not prove to be that interested in college life just yet, parents should encourage their children to begin to explore their options early on. Noting how competitive college admissions are in today’s academic climate, those students who are more aware of what they want to get out of higher education will often have better success rates when applying to selected schools. Read more

Meteorologist Arielle Nixon Set to Join WAWS

arielle nixonMeteorologist Arielle Nixon is leaving Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO, the Des Moines Register reports. Nixon is set to join WAWS, the Fox affiliate in Jacksonville.

Nixon joined WHO in 2012 as the station’s morning meteorologist. She will join WAWS as the weekend meteorologist, the Register reports.

Nixon, a Georgia native, began her career in television as an intern at WSB and WAGA in Atlanta.

Tucson’s KVOA Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA is marks 60 years on the air this week.

In an interview with KVOA, Frank Barreca, the station’s first news director and anchor, recalled the bare bones station when it first went on the air in 1953.

“We made a crash course in studying the film industry, learning about lights and how the lights should be installed in the studio that was being built,” Barecca said (video after the jump). “…I remember the typewriters were on crates and I think we had a couple of folding chairs.”

Watch Tom McNamara‘s KVOA after the jump. Read more

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