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Courtney Gousman Jumps Stations in Chicago

courtney gousmanCourtney Gousman is joining WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago, as a general assignment reporter. Gousman comes from rival WBBM, the CBS-owned station in the market, where she has been a reporter and anchor since 2012.

“A Chicago native, Courtney is a perfect fit for ‘Chicago’s Very Own’ news team,” WGN interim news director Jennifer Lyons told Robert Feder. “She’s experienced, dynamic and active in the community. She’ll be a great addition to our staff.”

Gousman will begin at WGN on July 9. She will be a reporter for the station’s evening newscasts.

Before WBBM, Gousman worked at KSDK in St. Louis, WEHT in Evansville, Ind., KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo., and WMAR in Baltimore.

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WBBM Shows Off New Mobile Weather Lab

Chicago CBS owned station WBBM is showing off its brand new weather tool.

The station said it took 100 hours to transform the BMW X5 into the Mobile Weather Lab.

WBBM meteorologist Megan Glaros called it “the weather nerd batmobile,” adding, “It’s that cool.”

Whether severe storms bring tornadoes, hail, extreme heat, or blizzard conditions, CBS 2 can bring viewers real-time data from the rooftop of the Mobile Weather Lab. The Columbia Pulsar 600 ultrasonic weather station can pinpoint inclement weather at precise locations; and monitor temperature, wind speed and direction, dew point, and barometric pressure – just to name a few capabilities. Read more

Local Meteorologists Interview Obama on Climate Change

Eight meteorologists are in Washington, D.C. today to interview President Obama on climate change. The interviews were timed with the release of a new study assessing the effects of climate change in the United States.

Participating in the interviews are John Morales of WTVJ in Miami, Jim Gandy of WLTX in Columbia, S.C., Megan Glaros of WBBM in Chicago, Bill Martin of KTVU in San Francisco, Jeff Renner of KING in Seattle and Janice Huff of WNBC in New York (pictured below with Martin). NBC News’ Al Roker and ABC News’ Ginger Zee will also sit down with the President.

The interviews will take place at 2:45 p.m. in the White House Rose Garden.

Susan Carlson Named Reporter, Fill-In Anchor at WMAQ

susan carlsonAfter several months freelancing at NBC-owned WMAQ, Susan Carlson has been named a full time reporter and fill-in anchor at the Chicago station, Robert Feder reports.

“I’m extremely delighted that Susan will be joining us full-time,” WMAQ vice president of news Frank Whittaker told Feder. “She’s a born and bred Chicagoan who knows our city and suburbs well. Her years of local reporting will be a great addition to our staff.”

Carlson began appearing on WMAQ in July, two months after she was released from WBBM, the CBS-owned station in Chicago.

Jill Manuel Named Assistant ND at WFLD

manuel_wewsJill Manuel has been named assistant news director for WFLD, the Fox-owned station in Chicago. Her appointment is effective April 15.

Manuel joins WFLD from WEWS in Cleveland, where she has been the news director since 2008. Manuel previously worked at CLTV and WBBM in Chicago. She has also worked as a senior producer for Fox News in Washington, D.C. and New York.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Chicago to work with the FOX 32 news team. I look forward to collaborating with them to produce quality journalism and tell stories that impact our audience on broadcast and digital platforms,” Manuel said in a statement.

“Jill is a seasoned news professional and leader, with a tremendous passion for storytelling and journalism. We look forward to her contributions to FOX 32,” news director Tom Doerr said.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

Katie McCall Signs Off From KTRK

katie mccallKatie McCall has left KTRK, Houston media reporter Mike McGuff reports.

McCall, who worked as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter during her five years at the ABC owned station, is leaving for a “higher-profile anchoring gig,” according to McGuff.

McCall has previously worked for WSMV in Nashville, KGUN in Tucson and WBBM in Chicago.

Dave Savini Says He’s Been Given a ‘New Perspective’ After DUI

savini_cropped_WbbmWBBM investigative reporter Dave Savini has taken to social media to talk about his recent DUI arrest.

Savini wrote on his facebook page he’ll be back at work Monday and added in part, “Just when you think you are strong you find you are not completely that rock you tried so hard to be for so long; a poor choice, a weak moment, a mistake -suddenly you find yourself on a wayward journey fighting with vigor and arduous strides to get back to that safe stone path you once walked.”

The investigative reporter for the CBS owned Chicago station pleaded guilty to DUI Tuesday. He will have to pay $3,185 in fines and perform 200 hours of community service. He was initially charged with DUI, hit and run, child endangerment and battery after an accident in a Taco Bell parking lot in Naperville, IL. A special prosecutor dropped all charges but the DUI.

“This month I was given the gift of a new perspective,” wrote Savini. “One that reaps the reward of humility, gratitude, faith and through the healing power of a sincere apology, I may have even found a little grace along the way. ” You can read the entire posting after the jump. Read more

WBBM’s Dave Savini Pleads Guilty to DUI

savini_cropped_WbbmWBBM investigative reporter Dave Savini pleaded guilty Tuesday to DUI. Savini, who has been off the air since the arrest last month, will return to work next week, the CBS owned station reports.

“I made a mistake and used bad judgment to drive after drinking. I take full responsibility and I apologize. I deeply regret it,” Savini said in a statement through his attorney.

Savini was arrested after a car accident in a the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville, Ill. He was cited for DUI, hit and run, battery and child endangerment. A special prosecutor has dropped all the charges except the DUI, and Savini will pay $3,185 in fines and fees, as well as perform 200 hours of community service and attend alcohol counseling.

WBBM’s report Tuesday was the first time the station has covered the arrest.

Outside Prosecutor Sought in DUI Case of WBBM Reporter Dave Savini

savini_304DuPage County prosecutors will seek the appointment of a special prosecutor for the DUI case of WBBM reporter Dave Savini because of a potential conflict of interest, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“A member of our supervisory staff is a family relative of Mr. Savini,” a spokesman for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office told the Sun-Times. He said if the judge agrees, a special prosecutor from outside the county will be named.

Savini was arrested earlier this month after an accident in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville, Ill. He faces charges of DUI, endangering the life of a child and battery.

Chicago Media Writer Questions WBBM Coverage of Reporter’s DUI

savini_mugshotRobert Feder has set his sights on what he’s saying is a lack of transparency in WBBM‘s handling of Dave Savini‘s recent arrest for DUI.

The Chicago media writer takes the the CBS owned station to task for not reporting or commenting about the arrest of its own investigative reporter on its website or on-air.

Feder said he did get an email message from a WBBM spokesperson after asking GM Marty Wilke for comment, “At this time, we have declined all requests for comment and are referring all press inquiries to Dave’s attorney.” Feder wrote that Savini’s attorney has also refused to comment.

It strikes me as the height of hypocrisy for a station that demands answers from everyone else not to respond to legitimate inquiries about one of its own employees.

Remember that the next time you see Savini, in all his self-righteous arrogance, chasing after some unwitting target who doesn’t want to talk to him. Or the next time CBS 2 makes a big deal about a minor celebrity who gets in trouble.

“Original Reporting” my ass.

TVSpy was referred to Savini’s attorney by a CBS spokesperson when we asked about Feder’s column.

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