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Allen Henry Joins WSFA in Montgomery

allen henryAllen Henry has joined WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., as a reporter in the East Alabama bureau.

“I’m excited to be joining the team here at WSFA. Everyone here has been great in helping me make the transition, especially our news director Scott Duff,” Henry told TVSpy. “I’m looking forward to getting started in the new East Alabama bureau, made possible with the partnership with Auburn.”

Henry is a recent graduate of Ohio University, where he majored in broadcast journalism with a specialization in sociology and political science. While he was there, he worked as a multimedia reporter, anchor and assignment editor for PBS affiliate WOUB.

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WSFA Sets Record Straight Over Onion Article About Alabama

WSFA is going on the offensive to clear up any misconceptions regarding a recent posting on the station’s facebook page making it appear as if reporter Jennifer Oravet believed an article in the satirical newspaper The Onion was real.

Friday, TVSpy reported Oravet appeared to believe an Onion article claiming the real-life public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton had encouraged the United States government to distance itself from the state of Alabama. At 12:22 p.m. on Thursday, Oravet posted to the station’s facebook page, “I contacted the PR firm listed in this article, they claim the article is “ficticious” and have no involvement in the alleged study.” See the screengrab of her post after the jump.

On its 4:00 p.m. news the same day, the Montgomery, AL, NBC affiliate aired a story where Oravet tells viewers The Onion story was fake.  Anchor Mark Bullock tossed to Oravet for her report saying, “Jenn we know this article has no news basis.” Read more

Meteorologist Monica Tassoni Joins WSFA

Meteorologist Monica Tassoni is joining WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., next month.

Tassoni joins the station from KTAB in Abilene, where she is the meteorologist for the morning and noon newscasts. She replaces Jeff Jumper, who left the station to be with his family in Pennsylvania.

“I must say Monica is a quality meteorologist who really knows her science and is a true weather forecaster,” WSFA news director Scott Duff said in a statement. “She is very talented and I am sure our viewers will enjoy her fun personality and am certain she will be a great addition to our weather team.” Read more

John O’Connor Set to Join WSFA in January

John O’Connor will join WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, as an early evening anchor.

O’Connor left Jacksonville’s WTEV-WAWS in 2010 after eight years as an anchor. Beginning in January, he will co-anchor WSFA’s 5 p.m. newscast alongside Valerie Lawson and the first half of the 4 p.m. newscast alongside Sally Pitts. He will also report for the 10 p.m. newscast.

“I am excited and know John is excited about coming on board,” news director Scott Duff said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience, strong journalistic skills and I feel his addition will benefit our newscasts and our viewers.”

WSFA Building a New Studio in Montgomery

WSFA is building a new studio that overlooks downtown Montgomery and the Alabama Capitol building (pictured).

Construction on the new facility is set to begin immediately and be completed by early October. The NBC-affiliate’s new home will feature two studio cameras, as well as outside cameras and cabling for live shots from outside the building.

“This is an amazing opportunity to get our anchors and reporters outside the four walls of a traditional studio,” news director Scott Duff said in a statement. “Anytime you can inject a beautiful backdrop to TV news it adds vibrancy to the broadcast. The possibilities are endless and having a downtown presence will enhance all we do at WSFA 12 News.” Video after the jump… Read more