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Andy Cerota Exits KTRK, Rumored to Be Joining Rival

Andy Cerota has left KTRK after nine years as a general assignment reporter for the ABC O&O.  Cerota’s contract with KTRK expired recently and a source close to him indicates that he considered staying but the station couldn’t offer him an anchor position.

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff floats the rumor that Cerota “could end up behind the anchor desk down the freeway at KPRC.”

Sources describe Cerota’s departure from KTRK as an amicable split.

Cerota has spent most of his career in Texas, working in Abilene and Austin before eventually joining KTRK in May 2003. Read more

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Reporter Scott Noll Joins KHOU From WREG

Scott Noll will join Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU as an investivative reporter next week.

“For years I’ve followed the great investigative work being done in Houston,” Noll told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. “I’m looking forward to continuing that tradition and joining a team of top-notch journalists at KHOU 11 News.”

Noll has spent the past four years at WREG, the CBS-affiliate in Memphis. He begins at KHOU on April 16.

KTRK’s Tim Melton Recovering From Stroke

KTRK weekend sports director Tim Melton, who has not been on the air since October, announced yesterday that he suffered a stroke last fall.

“I thank all of you who have expressed your concern as to what caused my absence, but I wanted to wait until I had a good sense of what the future holds before saying anything,” Melton wrote on Facebook. “I’m happy to report I’m getting better every day.”

Melton did not specify when he will return to the station. KTRK hired Hugh Lewis to fill in for Melton in December, according to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Melton joined the Houston ABC O&O in 1981.

[Via mikemcguff.com]

Former KTRK Anchor Minerva Perez Joins KHOU

Houston’s KHOU has added “Latina Voices,” a weekly talk show hosted by former KTRK anchor Minerva Perez, to its programming lineup.

Perez left KTRK, the ABC O&O, in 2007. She is both the host and the executive producer of “Latina Voices,” which launched in 2008 on KUHT, the public television station in Houston.

“Latina Voices” debuted on KHOU last month. It will continue to air on KUHT at its normal time, Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

“‘Latina Voices’ just continues to grow,” Perez told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Assistant ND Carolyn Mungo Leaving KRIV

After two years as assistant news director at KRIV in Houston, Carolyn Mungo is leaving the Fox O&O, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Mungo declined to reveal where she is headed. “I can say I am very excited about my future,” she told McGuff.

Before joining KRIV, Mungo was a reporter at KHOU, Houston’s CBS-affiliate. In 2005, she moved into the role of managing editor at KRIV. She was named assistant news director in 2009. Mungo’s last day at the station was Friday.

KPRC’s Daniella Guzman Joining WMAQ in Chicago

KPRC reporter Daniella Guzman is leaving Houston for a job at WMAQ in Chicago.

“I’ll be heading to NBC5 in March,” Guzman told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. “Opportunity knocked and I opened the door. I will miss Houston very much!”

Guzman is a reporter and weekend anchor at KPRC, the NBC-affiliate in Houston. She joined the station in 2006.

Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports Guzman is the likely successor to morning anchor Zoraida Sambolin, who left the station for CNN in November, at NBC O&O WMAQ.

>Update: WMAQ has made the official announcement (read it after the jump). Read more

KCPQ Anchor Lily Jang Joining KHOU in February

KCPQ anchor Lily Jang is leaving Seattle to join KHOU, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Jang, who has been at the Seattle Fox-affiliate for seven years, announced in November she would relocate to Houston to be with her ailing father.

“I am incredibly blessed that KHOU is giving me this opportunity,” Jang told McGuff. “Excited to finally be home where I grew up and my parents can watch me.”

She will replace Christine Haas, who is bound for KNSD, on the morning newscasts. Her first day at KHOU will be February 12.

Anchor Christine Haas Joining KNSD From KHOU

After three years at KHOU, Christine Haas will anchor her last broadcast at the Houston CBS-affiliate on Friday. She will join KNSD, the NBC O&O in San Diego, later this month.

Haas, who joined KHOU in 2008, told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff that she is “thrilled” about her new opportunity. She will be an anchor,  helming the early evening newscasts, and an investigative reporter, which she called her “passion.”

In a memo announcing her departure, KHOU news director Philip Bruce said the anchor “embodies quality in every facet of her professional and personal life.”

“While we’ll miss Christine, we’re very pleased she’s getting this great new opportunity,” Bruce wrote. Read more

KXAS Loses Investigative Reporter Kimberly King

Kimberly King, a reporter at NBC owned-and-operated KXAS in Dallas, has left the station, according to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

“Kimberly King made a difficult decision to leave NBC5 because of a family matter,” a KXAS spokesperson told McGuff. “We respect her need to make her family a priority.”

King joined KXAS from Indianapolis’ WXIN in June as a consumer and investigative reporter. She last appeared on the station December 4.

KARK Names Replacement for Brett Cummins

After an extensive search, KARK has named a replacement for Brett Cummins: former KIAH weathercaster Keith Monahan will be chief meteorologist at the Little Rock NBC-affiliate.

Cummins resigned from KARK after waking up in a bathtub next to the dead body of Dexter Williams. Williams was determined to have died of asphyxia and drug intoxication.

Monahan left KIAH in March after 11 years with the Houston CW-affiliate. “From all I’ve heard and seen, Little Rock’s a great city and the weather will be challenging — just like I like it,” Monahan told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Monahan, a veteran meteorologist, has also worked at KDLT in Sioux Falls, WOOD in Grand Rapids and KGWN in Cheyenne. He starts at KARK on Monday.

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