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Bob Jordan took to social media this afternoon to announce that after nearly a half century in more than a half dozen markets, he’s leaving the news business.
After 45 years in TV, it’s time for the next chapter in life. I’m happy to be retiring, effective the end of June. ‘The Rest is the Best.’
— Bob Jordan (@bobatkiro7) May 23, 2014
Jordan has been news director at Cox-owned KIRO-TV for the last two years, transferring from Cox-owned WFTV in Orlando. “It never felt like work,” Jordan told us this afternoon. “I was blessed to find a career I loved and lucky to have met and worked with so many great, talented people.” This was Jordan’s second stint in Seattle. He was news director at KING-TV from 1990-1993 before heading south to run the newsroom at KCBS in Los Angeles.
A Minnesota native, Jordan has been news director at KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul and was twice news director (and, in the earlier stint, an anchor, here’s proof) at WFTV in Orlando. In 1994, he built the newsroom at WFTS in Tampa/St. Pete when the station switched from a news-less Fox affiliate to ABC station. (I was one of the fortunate ones to work for Jordan at WFTS). He would later be named station manager at WFTS before moving across the state to West Palm Beach in 1998 as GM of Scripps-owned WPTV. He returned to WFTV in 2002, where he remained for 10 years.
“Come July, I am moving to Seattle to work as a reporter for the CBS station there,” McGurk wrote in a facebook post about his first experienced in Colorado. “For the first time in my life, I will be based in a big city newsroom — with a photographer every day — and I couldn’t be more excited.”
KIRO news director Bob Jordan told TVSpy McGurk starts in July.
McGurk works as what KUSA calls a backpack journalist, meaning he shoots edits and writes his own stuff. He came to KUSA three years ago from WNDU in South Bend, IN. He started his career at WBOY in Clarksburg, WV.
For all of Seattle’s talk of the importance of the 12th man in the Seahawks Super Bowl win, only one man, or station, was allowed to cover the entire Seahawks victory event yesterday.
The celebration started out with a parade, which all the stations covered live. But as soon as the parade entered CenturyLink Field around 2:00 p.m., only FOX affiliate KCPQ stayed in live coverage.
According to KCPQ GM Pam Pearson all the other Seattle stations were welcome to cover the rally “but only the partners were allowed to broadcast it LIVE.” And by “partners” Pearson meant the Tribune owned FOX affiliate.
KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told TVSpy the ABC affiliate was getting calls from puzzled viewers when it broke away shortly before 2:00 p.m. Bob Jordan, news director CBS affiliate KIRO said several viewers asked why the station was ending its coverage of the celebration early.
Even the Governor’s office got involved. Jaime Smith, director of media relations for Washington Governor Jay Inslee, told TVSpy Inslee’s office reached out to the Seahawks because they wanted as many people as possible to watch the celebration. But in the end she said they left it up to the Seahawks to decide. Read more
Monahan tweeted a shot of Smith (pictured right) practicing for her Monday morning debut. “Well welcome @AlexisASmith to our team on Monday.. Rehearsing this morning! #goteam @KIRO7Seattle.”
“I consider Bob a great mentor and friend,” Monahan told the Sentinel. “It was truly a pleasure working for him for a couple of years here and, let’s be honest, when Bob comes calling and says, ‘I want you to come work in Seattle,’ it’s hard to say no! I’m excited to be a part of his new team in Seattle.”
Both KIRO and WFTV are owned by the Cox Media Group. Read more
“It’s not often you get handed the keys to a high performance machine such as the Eyewitness News newsroom,” Parcell said in a statement. “We have a fantastic team of dedicated journalists and I couldn’t be more proud or more humbled to be entrusted to lead this operation.”
Parcell joined WFTV in 1997. Before becoming managing editor, he managed the station’s Special Projects department, which includes WFTV’s investigative and consumer reporting units. Read more
Jordan comes from WFTV in Orlando, where he has been the news director for the last decade. It was Jordan’s second stint as WFTV news director. Both WFTV and KIRO are both owned by Cox Media Group. The move is a return to Seattle for Jordan, who is a former news director at NBC-affiliate KING.
“Great things have followed Bob wherever he’s gone through his successful career,” general manager Jay O’Connor said in a statement announcing the hire. “KIRO 7 Eyewitness News has incredible momentum and we know Bob Jordan is the right individual to lead our great news staff.” Read more
The move reunites Joyella with his former boss. Jordan was the news director of WFTS in 1994 when Joyella was hired as a reporter.
Changes are coming to the anchor lineup at Orlando’s WFTV as Greg Warmoth leaves the morning anchor desk.
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