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Jeff Wattrick Joins WDIV in Detroit

WDIV_Local_4_ClickOnDetroitJeff Wattrick is joining WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, as managing editor of the station’s website, ClickonDetroit.com. He begins in his new role next week.

“Jeff has the knowledge and understanding to deal with our content on several platforms. Having a talent like him leading our digital enterprises sets us up for long-term success and innovation,” WDIV news director Kim Voet said in a statement.

Wattrick was most recently a columnist at Deadline Detroit and the editorial producer at Mlive.

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Chuck Gaidica Leaving WDIV for Ministry, Station Announces Replacement

Gaidica_BaileyWDIV director of meteorology Chuck Gaidica (pictured right) is leaving the Detroit NBC station after 27 years to join a local church as the Pastor of World Outreach.

“Of all the names associated with Detroit television, Chuck Gaidica is one of the most respected and beloved,” Marla Drutz, VP and GM of WDIV said in a statement. “When Chuck came to me some time ago with a desire to change his position at the station, I was naturally very sad. I’ve known him since 1983 so I know that when he makes a decision of this magnitude that he has come to it after serious thought.”

Gaidica has worked at WDIV since 1987. He is leaving in August 2014

WDIV also announced it’s hired Ben Bailey (pictured left). Read more

WDIV to Revive Noon News Broadcast

WDIV_Local_4_ClickOnDetroitStarting today, viewers of Post-Newsweek’s Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV will once again be able to watch the Noon news over the air.

The half-hour “Local 4 News at Noon” will be anchored by Evrod Cassimy and meteorologist Brandon Roux.

The station said it took the Noon show off-air and online in August because it wanted to access what it said was a large audience watching the show while at work. But after the viewers asked to have the Noon news put back on-air, the station said it “decided to do so.”

WDIV Remembers Nelson Mandela With a Picture of Alex Rodriguez

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Nelson Mandela accomplished many impressive things over the course of his life, but playing third base for the New York Yankees was not one of them. This may come as a surprise to Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, who seem to have confused the two in a graphic that ran yesterday (above).

The graphic of Alex Rodriguez was up for seven seconds before it was quickly replaced with the correct headshot. [h/t New York Daily News]

Kristin Wright Joins WRC From WTVT

kristin wright wrcKristin Wright is joining WRC next month, TVSpy has learned. She will begin as a general assignment reporter at the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C. on December 16.

Wright joins WRC from WTVT, the Fox owned station in Tampa, where she has been a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor since 2008. She has previously worked at WHTM in Harrisburg, Penn. and at WIVT-WBGH in Binghamton, N.Y. She began her television career at WDIV in Detroit.

VIDEO: WDIV Reporter ‘Can’t Get This F-cking’ IFB to Work

WDIV reporter Lauren Podell had a little bit of IFB trouble this morning. Podell, who was reporting from Lapeer, described her technical troubles without knowing she was on the air, resulting in some unfortunate language being dropped on the morning newscast (watch above). [h/t Jalopnik Detroit]

Detroit Reporter Shows Sometimes It Takes 12 Years to Get ‘Story of the Decade’

During last night’s 11:00 p.m. news on Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, investigative reporter Kevin Dietz aired an open letter to Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for corruption.

On the surface, the letter plays out as the long saga of a corrupt politician who finally fell after his years of denials were countered by dogged investigation. But if you look deeper, you’ll see two things that seem to be disappearing in this era of shrinking newsrooms, the importance of reporting on politics and the luxury of time to tell the story.

“I am very lucky to work for a station that did not lose interest in what started out as a political story,” Dietz told TVSpy. “I was able to stay on the Kilpatrick story for 12 years. The station was willing to invest the time and money to give me the opportunity to become invested in the story.  It turned out to be our story of the decade.”

Dietz, who has worked at WDIV since 1993 added, “I was born and raised in Detroit and this is the only town I ever wanted to work in. I think you may go harder and dig deeper when you work in your hometown.”

Dietz won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his ongoing coverage of Kilpatrick.

Brandon Jones Set to Join WTOL in Toledo

Brandon Jones is joining Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL as a morning anchor and reporter. In a note to staffers obtained by TVSpy, news director CJ Hoyt said Jones will begin at WTOL August 12.

“He’ll get acclimated his first couple days and be on the air that week co-anchoring with Melissa Andrews … We’re very excited to have him on board!” Hoyt wrote.

Jones moves to Toledo from Greensboro, N.C., where he is a reporter at WGHP. He has previously worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KBTV in Beaumont, Texas and as an associate producer at WDIV in Detroit.

Al Jazeera America Announces Correspondents for Regional Bureaus

Al Jazeera America is adding five more correspondents from the local news landscape to its ranks. The network has announced the hires of Ash-har Quraishi, Heidi Zhou-Castro, Bisi Onile-EreNatasha Ghoneim and Jonathan Martin.

The three hires were revealed as the network, which is slated to launch next month, announced plans to open bureaus in 12 cities across the United States:  Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. With the exception of Zhou-Castro and Ghoneim, each of the correspondents will stay in the same market as they join Al Jazeera.

Quraishi, who will be Al Jazeera America’s Chicago correspondent, joins the network from WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago, where he was a reporter for the nightly newscast “Chicago Tonight” and a contributor to PBS “NewsHour.”

Zhou Castro joins Al Jazeera from YNN Austin, where she was the evening and weekend news anchor. She will be based in the network’s Dallas bureau.

Onile-Ere will be based in Detroit for Al Jazeera. She comes from WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.  Read more

WDIV Adds Evrod Cassimy as Morning Anchor

Evrod Cassimy has been named morning anchor for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV.

“Local 4 is known for its passion for journalistic excellence,” said Cassimy in a statement. “Detroit is a fascinating town and I can’t wait to be part of such an outstanding news organization and the Metro Detroit community.”

Cassimy will anchor from 4:30am to 7:00am weekdays alongside Rhonda Walker. His first day will be August 12.

He comes to WDIV from KCNC in Denver, CO. He’s also worked in Colorado Springs, CO, Madison, WI, Orlando, FL, and Richmond, VA.

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