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Oklahoma City Stations Praised For Coverage of Devastating Tornado

Oklahoma City stations have been live around the clock in the aftermath of Monday’s devastating tornado. The stations have been praised for their “thoughtful, professional, experienced” reporting during and after the twister.

All four stations were live during the storm, with meteorologists and anchors issuing repeated warnings for people in the storm’s path to take shelter.

“You folks in Moore, grab whatever it is you need to grab and you need to go underground. Bottom line: grab your kids, grab your loved ones, grab your friends,” KFOR chief meteorologist Mike Morgan said shortly before the tornado hit. “And just get out of the way.”

In her press conference Monday night, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin thanked the local media for early warnings of the tornado threat.

“The media’s done a superb job over the last few days of keeping people informed about the conditions, especially our weathermen and those that have been on the ground, driving, following and tracking the storm itself,” Fallin said.

The local stations’ coverage was available online via live stream. Stations were praised by the Columbia Journalism Review, which noted stations provided “life-saving information before the tornado, essential reporting afterward.” Read more

Massive Tornado Sweeps Through Oklahoma City

A massive, mile-wide tornado ripped through Oklahoma City shortly after 3pmCT Monday, leaving a path of destruction in the southern part of the city. Local stations in Oklahoma City began following the threat closely during the 2 p.m. hour.

All four stations gave regular updates throughout normal morning programming. CBS affiliate KWTV was the first station to go to wall-to-wall with the tornado threat at 2:01 p.m., with meteorologist Michael Armstrong leading coverage.

NBC affiliate KFOR and ABC affiliate KOCO both broke in with continuing coverage at 2:12 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan was on the air for KFOR and chief meteorologist Damon Lane led coverage for KOCO. “We’re going to stay on the air here for awhile because storms are developing quite rapidly,” Morgan said.

KOKH chief meteorologist Jeff George took over wall-to-wall coverage on the Fox affiliate at 2:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma City metro area is under a tornado warning until 10 p.m. tonight.

Wendy Suares Joins KOKH as Morning Anchor

KOKH has been busy adding to its on-air roster. We reported earlier today the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate is bringing on two new reporters in the next couple of weeks. The station has also confirmed Wendy Suares will be the new morning co-anchor.

“We’re thrilled to have Wendy join the Fox 25 Morning News team,” KOKH news director Adam Pursch told TVSpy. “She’s a tremendous talent, and she understands what our viewers expect us to provide every morning.”

Suares will replace Liz Dueweke who left the station for KOMO in Seattle. Suares was a victim of the layoffs that hit Little Rock’s KARK and sister station KLRT after KARK’s owner, Nexstar, took over management of KLRT in December. Read more

KOKH Announces Addition of Two Reporters

KOKH, the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate, has announced the hiring of Rebecca Schleicher and Christine VanTimmeren.

The station posted the news to its facebook page saying, “FOX 25 is excited to announce some new faces to our already outstanding reporting team. Please join us in welcoming them to Oklahoma City!”

On her facebook page, VanTimmeren said, “I have a big announcement to make, my husband and I are moving to Oklahoma City!  I am very excited about the opportunities this will bring me in my career!” Read more

A New Meteorologist and a Retirement at Boston’s WCVB

WCVB is adding a meteorologist and losing a veteran reporter to retirement, the Boston ABC affiliate announced Thursday.

Amalia Barreda (left) who has worked for the station for 21 years, will retire at the end of June.

“These 21 years have been a great ride, covering unforgettable stories with thoughtful, hard-working and talented people,” Barreda said in a statement. “This was a huge and hard decision to make, and it is bittersweet to leave so many of you who I consider family to spend more time with family.”

Barreda’s announcement comes on the same day that Danielle Vollmar (right) begins as the station’s weekend morning meteorologist.

“Danielle is a talented and passionate meteorologist, a strong compliment to StormTeam 5,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement.

Vollmar comes from KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas. She has also worked at KOKH in Oklahoma City, WBOC in Salisbury, Md., and WENY in Elmira, N.Y.

Morning Anchor Peggy Bunker Leaving KOMO

Peggy Bunker is leaving Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, according to a staff memo obtained by NewsBlues.

“Peggy has decided to spend some quality time with the twins and see where [her husband's] career takes their family before deciding on her next career move,” news director Holly Gauntt wrote. “Peggy has done what many of us have, she’s traveled the country getting experience and building her career. Her husband has been at her side, making the trek to bigger markets as her career took off. Now it’s Peggy’s turn to be at his side.”

Bunker is a former anchor of ABC’s “World News Now.” She joined KOMO in 2011.

NewsBlues reports that Bunker will be replaced by Liz Dueweke, the morning anchor at KOKH in Oklahoma City, beginning in April.

Sam Gannon Joins KOKH From KPLC

Sportscaster Sam Gannon has joined KOKH, the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City.

“New chapter, new city. Excited for my first day at @okcfox!” Gannon tweeted earlier this week.

Gannon joins KOKH after almost two years at KPLC, the NBC affiliate in Lake Charles, La., where she was the weekend sports anchor. She began her career as a production assistant at WVIT, the NBC O&O in New Haven.

Joe Gumm to Join WTSP as Morning Anchor

Joe Gumm is joining WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, as the weekday morning anchor.

The news was announced to WTSP staffers Tuesday  in an internal memo from news director Peter Roghaar, who writes that Gumm will begin on October 15. Gumm revealed the news on Twitter Monday, saying he is “honored to start working with such a great team.”

Gumm was most recently the morning anchor at KOKH, the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City. Earlier this summer, he issued an on-air apology to Howard Stern for an impromptu remark calling the radio host ugly on KOKH.

Mike Brooks Named Evening Anchor at KOKH

Mike Brooks is returning to his home state to join KOKH, the Fox-affiliate in Oklahoma City, as evening anchor.

“This will be a great opportunity to return to my home state and my old friends,” Brooks told TVSpy via email. “They have a great group of journalists at KOKH, a terrific news director, and I look forward to joining the team.”

Brooks was most recently a freelance anchor at WFTX in Fort Myers. Prior to that, he was morning anchor at WGCL in Atlanta. Brooks, who signed off from WFTX on Friday, will be anchoring KOKH’s 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Jamie Cerreta.

KOKH Cuts Ties with News Director, Top Anchor

Oklahoma Fox-affiliate KOKH has cut ties with news director Joe Spadea and longtime anchor Andrew Speno (pictured).

“Just so you don’t hafta hear it on the streets, I parted ways w/ Fox 25,” Speno tweeted, announcing the end of a nine year run as KOKH’s main anchor.

Oklahoma City media blog The Lost Ogle reports that Spadea and Speno, as well as an employee from HR, were all fired or asked to resign this week.

No word yet on what led to the departures, although The Lost Ogle has some theories.  KOKH general manager John Rossi has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

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