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Local Meteorologists Interview Obama on Climate Change

Eight meteorologists are in Washington, D.C. today to interview President Obama on climate change. The interviews were timed with the release of a new study assessing the effects of climate change in the United States.

Participating in the interviews are John Morales of WTVJ in Miami, Jim Gandy of WLTX in Columbia, S.C., Megan Glaros of WBBM in Chicago, Bill Martin of KTVU in San Francisco, Jeff Renner of KING in Seattle and Janice Huff of WNBC in New York (pictured below with Martin). NBC News’ Al Roker and ABC News’ Ginger Zee will also sit down with the President.

The interviews will take place at 2:45 p.m. in the White House Rose Garden.

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WFOR Reporter Gio Benitez to Join ABC News

WFOR‘s Gio Benitez is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join ABC News. He will begin at the network early next year as a correspondent in ABC’s New York bureau.

Benitez has been at WFOR since 2008, working first as an investigative producer and then as a reporter. In a memo announcing the hire, ABC News president Ben Sherwood called Benitez “versatile and hard-charging,” praising his “many talents and dynamic storytelling ability.”

Benitez is the latest in a string of ABC News hires from local O&Os. The network hired Alex Perez, Paula Faris and Ginger Zee from WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago, over the last year.

WMAQ’s Alex Perez Joins ABC News’ Chicago Bureau

WMAQ reporter Alex Perez is joining ABC News as a Chicago-based correspondent, ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced today.

News of Perez’s departure from the Chicago NBC O&O was first reported by Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder. He is the third WMAQ staffer to join ABC News in the last five months, following meteorologist Ginger Zee and anchor Paula Faris.

In a memo to staffers, Sherwood called Perez “a skilled and energetic reporter who understands the power of words and images.” Perez, who has been a reporter and fill-in anchor for WMAQ for six years, will spend a few weeks in New York before returning to Chicago.

Read Sherwood’s full memo at TVNewser.

It’s Official: WMAQ’s Paula Faris Joining ABC News As ‘World News Now’ Anchor and ‘GMA’ Contributor

WMAQ sports anchor Paula Faris is joining ABC News as co-anchor of “World News Now.”

Faris will co-anchor ABC’s overnight newscast with Rob Nelson, an ABC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy. Additionally, Faris will contribute “on a consistent basis” to “Good Morning America,” according to Matthew Kingsley, Faris’ agent.

Faris signed off from WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago, earlier this month. News of her hire at ABC News has been widely reported since October, when Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder first broke the news. ABC tells TVSpy an official announcement will be made in the near future.

Faris will join former WMAQ colleague Ginger Zee at ABC News. Zee joined “GMA” as weekend weather anchor in November.

On the Move, 12/6/11

Ginger Zee joins ABC’s “Good Morning America” as a meteorologist from WMAQ in Chicago.

Sarah French joins WHDH in Boston as a weekend evening anchor. Most recently, French worked as a weekday morning anchor at WTIC in Hartford.

Guy Rawlings joins WGCL in Atlanta as the station’s primary 5 and 11 p.m. weeknight anchor. Rawlings comes to Atlanta from Orlando, where he served as the primary sports anchor at WESH.

Narmeen Choudhury will be joining WPIX in New York as a reporter from WTIC in Hartford, CT. Read more

WMAQ Sports Anchor Paula Faris Joining ABC News

Sports anchor Paula Faris is leaving NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ in Chicago to anchor “World News Now” on ABC News, according to Time Out Chicago‘s Robert Feder.

Although ABC News has not yet confirmed Faris’ hire, the sports anchor told Feder she will leave WMAQ when her contract expires in December for a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“Until my final day on the air at NBC 5, I promise to tell the untold stories and do my job to the very best of my ability,” Faris said.

Faris is the second WMAQ journalist to join ABC News in recent months. Weekend meteorologist Ginger Zee is reportedly joining “Good Morning America” next month. WMAQ’s morning anchor, Zoraida Sambolin, is also leaving the station, reportedly bound for CNN.

Cheryl Scott and Alicia Roman Join Chicago’s WMAQ

NBC owned-and-operated WMAQ in Chicago has added two meteorologists to the weather team: Cheryl Scott (pictured, right) and Alicia Roman.

Scott, who is currently a meteorologist at WBIR in Knoxville, will be WMAQ’s weekend meteorologist. She will replace Ginger Zee, who is leaving the station in October, reportedly to join ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Roman will join the station as the meteorologist for the newly-launched noon newscast. She comes to WMAQ from WISH in Indianapolis.

With the addition of Scott and Roman, WMAQ’s weather team will expand to five people, including current meteorologists Brant Miller, Andy Avalos and Pete Sack. “We are committed to providing our viewers across all platforms the most comprehensive weather coverage in Chicago,” station president and general manager Larry Wert said in a statement.

Read the full release from WMAQ after the jump. Read more