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Posts Tagged ‘Gabrielle Giffords’

Sacramento’s KCRA Adds Claire Doan as Reporter

KCRA announced Claire Doan will join its news team as a reporter on the first Monday in December.  Doan comes to the Sacramento NBC affiliate from Tucson’s ABC affiliate,  KGUN.

Doan, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a statement, “I am excited about returning to Northern California to join the KCRA family and work with an amazing team of journalists who set the bar high as the market news leader.”

Doan is the recipient of an Emmy award for her reporting as well as a regional Edward R. Murrow award for her coverage of Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and injured 14 in an attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

“We are excited to have Claire on board here at KCRA,” said Lori Waldon, KCRA 3 news director.  “She is a strong, passionate reporter who likes to dig for compelling stories. Claire is a great addition to our excellent team of reporters.”

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WNYW Hires Joel Waldman as Full-Time Reporter

Joel Waldman, who has been freelancing for Fox owned-and-operated WNYW in New York City since June, has been hired as a full-time investigative reporter at the station, according to the New York Daily News.

Prior to joining WNYW, Waldman was a reporter for KGUN, the ABC-affiliate in Tucson, where he notably covered the January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He has also been a general assignment reporter at WFOR in Miami and WPBF in West Palm Beach.

The New Jersey native started his career in television in 1996 as a producer for MSNBC, transitioning to an on-camera role in 2005.

WSIL Profiles Former Anchor Amy Van Patten to Offer Perspective on Gifford’s Recovery

To offer viewers perspective on what Gabrielle Giffords is going through as she recovers from a gunshot wound to the head, WSIL spoke to former anchor Amy Van Patten, whose career was cut short by a brain aneurysm.

Van Patten was a lead anchor for the Southern Illinois ABC-affiliate in the 90s before suffering a brain aneurysm 13 years ago.

WSIL spoke with Van Patten and she said that she’s “been very interested” in Giffords’ recovery because “there are so many similarities” with what she’s had to go through.

“I had to relearn how to walk and talk,” Van Patten told WSIL. “I was so focussed on getting better.”

Van Patten says that the most memorable part of the entire ordeal was the outpouring of support she received from the Southern Illinois community.  She’s now living in Florida but the support is still palpable.

“I’ve been gone from [Illinois] for about a year and people still remember me,” she said. “That really meant a lot to me–I still have all of their cards.” (video here)

Tucson Stations Post Photo of Mark Kelly Watching SOTU with Gabrielle Giffords

President Barack Obama began his State of the Union Address by mentioning Gabrielle Giffords.

“As we mark this occasion,” he said, “we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague–and our friend.”

The President’s words filled the hospital room of Rep. Giffords as Mark Kelly watched the SOTU while holding his wife’s hand.

Tucson’s KOLD and KVOA posted a photo of Kelly sitting beside Giffords’ hospital bed.  Like members of the SOTU audience, Kelly wore a special black and white ribbon honoring the victims of the Tucson shooting.

(The photo came from the Office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords).