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Reporter Stephanie Kolp Joins WESH From WBBH

Reporter Stephanie Kolp will join Orlando NBC-affiliate WESH next month, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Kolp comes from WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers. Prior to that, she was a reporter, anchor and producer at WLNS in Lansing, MI. She will begin at WESH on June 21.

“Stephanie is a strong storyteller and is exceptional at covering live, breaking news situations — which means she will fit right in here in our always changing news landscape,” WESH news director Bob Longo said in a staff memo obtained by the Sentinel.

Anchor Krista Fogelsong Returning to Florida

Krista Fogelsong is leaving her anchor post at WBND in South Bend to return to Fort Myers.

Fogelsong, who worked at Fort Myers Fox-affiliate WFTX before heading north, is set to join WBBH, the market’s NBC-affiliate.  Her first day is June 4th.

“Krista brings 15 years of experience reporting, producing and anchoring,” the station said, announcing the move.  “We are very pleased that NBC2 was her station of choice upon returning to the area.”

Fogelsong was a main anchor at WFTX from 2002 to 2007.  Her return to Fort Myers has been rumored for the past few weeks. Read more

Dan Haggerty Joins WKYC From Rival WEWS

Dan Haggerty has joined Cleveland NBC-affiliate WKYC as a multimedia journalist, the station announced yesterday.

Haggerty has been a reporter and fill in anchor at rival WEWS, the ABC-affiliate, since 2008. He has previously worked as a photographer at WTOV in Stuebenville, OH, and a reporter at WNCN in Raleigh and WBBH in Fort Myers.

Haggerty will appear across all the station’s newscasts, according to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog.

Jim Farrell Celebrates 30th Anniversary at WINK

Jim Farrell, the chief meteorologist at WINK, is celebrating his 30th anniversary with the Fort Myers CBS-affiliate this month.

Farrell spent ten years at WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers, before joining WINK in April 1992. He is the meteorologist for the station’s weekday newscasts at 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m.

He told the News-Press that the biggest change to the industry in 30 years has been technology.

“When I started in 1982, we used magnetic H’s and L’s (for “highs” and “lows”),” Farrell said. “Today, we have computer graphics, models and Doppler radar. The on-air presentation and the forecast accuracy have improved greatly.”

Anchor Krista Fogelsong Rumored to Be Leaving South Bend for Southwest Florida

For the past few weeks, rumors have spread that anchor Krista Fogelsong is on her way out at WBND in South Bend, IN.  And now it appears that she will join WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

Citing reliable sources, the Fort Myers News-Press reports that Fogelsong is staying at WBND until the end of the May ratings period, and then she will begin working at WBBH in early June.

Fogelsong’s agent, Mort Meisner, told TVSpy today that he can’t comment about the rumors, but added, “Any announcement should come from the Florida station.”

Fogelsong has not responded to requests for comment. Read more

Reporter Joshua Repp Joins WPEC From WBBH

Reporter Joshua Repp is leaving WBBH in Fort Myers for WPEC in West Palm Beach, according to the News-Press.

Repp’s departure comes after just eight months with the station. He joined WBBH in June from WTVY, the CBS-affiliate in Dothan, AL. Repp grew up near West Palm Beach.

“It’s been short and sweet Fort Myers!” Repp wrote on Facebook. “Say hello to West Palm’s newest reporter! I’m going home!”

WBBH Anchor Len Jennings to Join KMBC-KCWE

KMBC-KCWE has hired anchor Len Jennings, the Kansas City ABC-affiliate announced today.

Jennings will co-anchor the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts alongside Kelly Eckerman. He joins KMBC from WBBH-WZVN in Fort Myers, where he has worked since 1997.

“Len brings valuable experience with him,” KMBC news director Sherrie Brown said in a statement. “His reporting skills and strong work ethic are the perfect compliment to our news team.”

WBBH general manager Steve Pontius told staffers today that Jennings’ last day at WBBH will be May 23.

“It’s been great to have him as part of our team and help set the stage for him to fulfill his dreams,” Pontius said.

Craig Wolf Discusses His Lawsuit Against WBBH with Market Rival WFTX

“There’s no doubt in my mind that this was a retaliatory firing,” former WBBH anchor Craig Wolf told WFTX this week, speaking about his dismissal from the NBC-affiliate last year.

Wolf recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer, alleging that he was fired for blowing the whistle on the station for its “extremely unclean” newsroom and studio.

WFTX reporter Mike Mason recently caught up with Wolf while he was in town for a charity golf tournament, and on Wednesday the Fox-affiliate aired its second story in as many days about Wolf’s current plight. Read more

Former WBBH Anchor Speaks Out About Firing on Rival Station

Longtime WBBH anchor Craig Wolf spoke to rival station WFTX this week about being fired by the NBC-affiliate last year.  Wolf recently filed a lawsuit against WBBH, alleging that the station fired him in retaliation after he complained about “extremely unclean” conditions in the station’s newsroom and studio.

A WFTX news crew caught up with Wolf this week after he participated in a charity golf tournament.

“It was great to have a bunch of people come up to me and say ‘I miss you,’” Wolf told WFTX about being back in Southwest Florida.  “But it’s not so great in Nashville, Tennessee where I’ve relocated, where I’m trying to find a job.” Read more

Anchor Craig Wolf Claims WBBH Fired Him for Complaining About ‘Extremely Unclean’ Studio

In a lawsuit filed on Friday against his former employer, longtime WBBH anchor Craig Wolf alleges that he was fired last March because he called attention to the “extremely unclean” conditions of the station’s studio and newsroom.

Since being abruptly fired last year, Wolf has batted away rumors about what led to his dismissal and now, with the lawsuit, he is coming (ahem) clean.

The lawsuit, first reported on by the Fort Myers News-Press, accuses Waterman Broadcasting, WBBH’s owner, of violating the Florida Whistleblower Act, a law that protects employees from retaliation for objecting to unlawful acts committed by an employer. Read more

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