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Christa Lamendola Joins WLNS in Lansing

christa lamendolaChrista Lamendola has joined WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Mich., as a reporter and video journalist.

Lamendola graduated last month from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. While she was in college, she reported for WOUB, the PBS affiliate in Athens, Ohio.  She was also a consumer reporting intern at KDKA, the CBS owned station in Pittsburgh, and an intern at WATE, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Pittsburgh Stations Cover School Stabbing Spree

Stations in Pittsburgh broke in to network morning shows today with news of multiple stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

ABC affiliate WTAE was the first station to report the news, breaking in to “Good Morning America” at 7:44 a.m. Kelly Frey and Michelle Wright anchored, with Amber Nicotra reporting from the scene.

CBS-owned KDKA and NBC affiliate WPXI both reported the news at 7:56 a.m. Jennifer Antkowiak and Rick Dayton anchored coverage for KDKA, with Trina Orlando reporting from the scene. On WPXI, Joe Arena and Katherine Amenta anchored and Joe Holden reported from Franklin Regional High School.

Fox affiliate WPGH, which does not have a morning newscast, did not have coverage of the stabbings. WPGH’s primetime newscasts are produced by WPXI.

Meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy Joins WDSU

Kweilyn Murphy is joining WDSU. Murphy will be the weekend meteorologist at the New Orleans NBC affiliate.

Murphy moves to New Orleans from Greenville, N.C., where she is the weekend meteorologist at WNCT. Prior to that, Murphy was a freelance meteorologist at KDKA in Pittsburgh. She has also worked at WQED multimedia.

Murphy begins at WDSU next month.

John Mecham Returns to TV News as WTAJ ND

WTAJ, the CBS-affiliate in the Johnstown-Altoona-State College, PA market, has hired John Mecham as its new news director. His first day is set for July 2nd.

After stints as executive producer/managing editor at KDKA in Pittsburgh and as content management center supervisor at KVOA in Tucson, Mecham has spent the past year working in public relations.

“News is my first love,” Mecham wrote on his LinkedIn page, announcing the move. “Most of us got into this business to make a difference. I’d like to think that is still vital to what we do as journalists. I look forward to working with the staff at WTAJ.” Read more

Anchors, Meteorologists From CBS O&Os to Guest Host ‘The Talk’ Next Week

Local news personalities from five CBS O&Os are guest-hosting “The Talk” for one day each next week, filling in for Julie Chen, who is on vacation.

The five guest hosts are: John Elliot, a weathercaster at WCBS in New York, on Monday; Susan Koeppen, an anchor at KDKA in Pittsburgh, on Tuesday; Amelia Santaniello, an anchor at WCCO in Minneapolis, on Wednesday; Kate Bilo, a meteorologist at KYW in Philadelphia, on Thursday; and Paul Magers, an anchor at KCBS in Los Angeles, on Friday.

Chen returns to the CBS talk show on Monday, July 9. No word yet on who will guest host for the second week of her vacation.

>Update: “The Talk” will be in repeats the week of July 2, so there will be no guest hosts, a spokesperson for the show tells TVSpy.

Susan Koeppen Returns to KDKA Anchor Desk: ‘I’ve Got to Go Back to Life, and Living’

On Susan Koeppen‘s first day back at the KDKA anchor desk, the Pittsburgh CBS O&O aired a long segment documenting her recovery from heart surgery.

“I’ll never forget the past, I’ll never forget what happened,” she said in the interview. “But I’ve got to go back to life, and living. I can’t worry about it.”

Koeppen’s life expectancy has returned to normal, according to KDKA. She expects to be back anchoring both the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts by the end of the month. Video of the segment inside… Read more

Two Months After Heart Surgery, Susan Koeppen Plans Return to KDKA Anchor Desk

Susan Koeppen will return to the KDKA anchor desk next week, two months after undergoing surgery to repair a faulty heart valve.

Koppen, who anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at the Pittsburgh CBS O&O, suffered cardiac arrest in November. The surgery in March was the last part of repair work for her congenital heart problem, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Beginning next Monday, Koeppen will return to the anchor desk at 6 p.m. She plans to to return to anchoring both the 6 and the 11 p.m. newscasts on May 28.

RTDNA Announces Winners of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

The RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

Radio, television and online winners, divided into small and large markets, were selected from more than 3,500 entries. The RTDNA says this year is “one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons in RTDNA history.”

Large market overall excellence winners were KING in Seattle, KTVU in Oakland, KMGH in Denver, KARE in Minneapolis, KMBC in Kansas City, KHOU in Houston, WTHR in Indianapolis, WLKY in Louisville, WIAT in Birmingham, WCVB in Boston, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WSB in Atlanta and CIVT in Vancouver. Read more

Obama Talks Energy in Latest Round of Local Press

President Obama did another round of local interviews yesterday, sitting down with eight stations from the Orlando, Cincinnati, Denver, Los Angeles, Austin, Des Moines, Las Vegas and Pittsburgh markets.

The interviews lasted about five minutes each and focused mostly on gas prices and energy policy. “As long as gas prices are going up, people are going to feel like I’m not doing enough and I understand that,” Obama told WFTV’s Greg Warmoth. “Ultimately, though, there’s no silver bullet here.”

The interviews were granted to three ABC affiliates, two CBS affiliates and two NBC affiliates. Adriana Arevalo‘s interview was broadcast on 18 Univision affiliates. Video inside…. Read more

KDKA’s Susan Koeppen Reports on Deadly Shooting From Hospital Room, Following Open Heart Surgery

Shortly after undergoing open heart surgery, KDKA anchor Susan Koeppen reported live from her hospital room, covering a deadly shooting at a nearby psychiatric clinic.

From the vantage point of her hospital room’s windows, Koeppen described the scene outside of the psychiatric clinic, where scores of police officers and emergency workers were navigating the aftermath of a shooting that killed two and injured several others.

Koeppen also spoke with a handful of workers inside the hospital, which had been placed under lockdown. Video inside… Read more

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