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WJLA’s Pamela Brown, WSB’s Alina Machado Joining CNN

CNN has announced the hire of two correspondents from the local news landscape: WJLA anchor Pamela Brown (left) and WSB reporter Alina Machado (right).

Brown will be a New York-based correspondent dedicated to reporting for the network’s new morning show, which will be anchored by Chris Cuomo and is slated to launch this spring. Machado will be based in Atlanta as a reporter for CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Latino.

Brown has worked at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington DC, since 2006. She was most recently the Sunday evening anchor and a special projects reporter.

“Pam is an outstanding reporter who made her mark in Washington, D.C. with exceptional coverage of domestic breaking news and enterprise reporting. The passion in her work is evident and we are so happy to have her join the CNN team,” CNN EVP Ken Jautz said in a statement.

Machado worked at WTVD, the ABC O&O in Raleigh-Durham, before joining WSB, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta. She has also worked as a bilingual anchor and correspondent for WDJT-WYTU, the CBS and Telemundo affiliates in Milwaukee.

The network also announced the official hire of George Howell, who has been freelancing for CNN since signing off from WSB in 2011.

“George and Alina are multi-talented, and their passion for getting to the crux of the story comes through in their award-winning journalism,” EVP and managing director of CNN International Tony Maddox said in a statement.

Jessica Tighe on Her New Role as WDJT’s Morning Co-Anchor

Milwaukee native Jessica Tighe is settling in to her new role as morning co-anchor on WDJT, the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee.

“One of the best things about the morning show is that people are just waking up and haven’t been connected, and you can let them know what happened overnight,” Tighe told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek, noting she likes the informal nature of shows that allow for “chitchat” and “a little fun.”

Tighe joins WDJT from KWQC in Davenport, Iowa, where she was the morning anchor.

Undecided Voters Invited to WDJT to Watch Last Presidential Debate, Participate in On-Air Discussion

Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT has invited a group of undecided voters to watch the final Presidential debate Monday night and participate in the post-debate newscast.

The station assigned an outside research company to recruit the voters, looking for an equal representation of parties and demographics. The group will be on WDJT’s evening newscast after the debate concludes. WDJT will also air viewer comments about the debate from Facebook and Twitter during the evening newscast.

Michele McCormack will host a half-hour webcast with the undecided voters that will be streamed on the station’s website after the newscast concludes. The webcast will be broadcast on “Eye to Eye,” WDJT’s political affairs program, on Sunday. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Milwaukee Stations See Ratings Rise For Second Presidential Debate

The latest presidential debate proved more popular with viewers in Milwaukee than the first as 43,000 more households tuned in to watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off a second time, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

NBC affiliate WTMJ averaged an 11.3 during the debate, ABC affiliate WISN pulled in a 10.3, FOX affiliate WITI saw a 6.9 and CBS affiliate WDJT drew a 3.7.  A rating point in Milwaukee is equal to 9,100 households.

While the numbers may sound high, The Journal Sentinel offered a sobering comparison, while 293,000 Milwaukee households tuned in to Tuesday night’s debate, 473,000 watched the Green Bay Packers beat the Houston Texans on Sunday night.

Milwaukee Stations Admit Staffers Signed Petitions to Recall Wisconsin Governor

News employees from at least three Milwaukee stations signed petitions to recall Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s controversial Republican governor.

WISN and WITI confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that some of their employees signed the recall petitions.

WISN and WITI came forward after WTMJ reported during its Tuesday evening newscasts that several of its employees, including one on-air figure, signed the petitions.

“Station management wants you to know they consider this a serious issue,” WTMJ anchor Mike Jacobs told viewers on Tuesday.  “The station is in the process of dealing with it internally.” Read more

Transitioning to HD, WDJT Cancels Newscast

In switching to high definition over the weekend, Milwaukee CBS-affiliate WDJT cancelled its 10 p.m. newscast on Saturday to allow its engineers time to work on the transition.

At 10 on Saturday, WDJT aired an update featuring anchor Michele McCormack (right), who announced that the station would be running a Best Of special in place of its regular half-hour newscast.

“We are in the finishing stages of getting our news to broadcast in high definition,” McCormack told viewers on Saturday.  “Tonight, our engineers are changing out a lot of equipment in our control room.  Because of that, our news will not be shown tonight.”

WDJT’s 10 p.m. newscast was back on Sunday night.

Morning Anchor Rebekah Wood Set to Leave KSTP

KSTP morning anchor Rebekah Wood, who has been with the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC affiliate since 2008, announced she is leaving the station — and the city — in November to follow her husband to Tampa.

“It will be a hard move for me to make,” Wood told the Pioneer Press. “It’s the first big, big move I’ve ever made. I’m definitely a Minnesota girl at heart.”

Wood noted that she and her husband are renting their Minnesota home instead of selling it in case they want to come back. Her last day at the station — which has not yet announced a replacement for her alongside co-anchor Brad Sattin — is November 25.

Wood is a Minneapolis native who has also worked at several stations in Wisconsin, including WISC in Madison and WDJT in Milwaukee.

Preparing to Expand Morning Newscast, WGN Signs Reporter Erin Mendez

Erin Mendez has been upped to full-time status at Chicago’s WGN.

Mendez had been working as a freelance reporter for the Tribune-owned CW-affiliate and now, according to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder, she has signed on to be an early morning anchor and daytime traffic reporter.

The move comes as WGN prepares to bump up its morning start-time to 4:00 a.m.

Before joining on with WGN, where she helped launch the station’s online traffic reporting show “CommuterCast” in 2007, Mendez worked at Tribune’s Chicago cable channel CLTV and Milwaukee’s WDJT.

Feder predicts that Mendez will be the first of a handful of hirings at WGN as the station prepares to expand its morning newscast.

Milwaukee Stations Hit with ‘Perfect Storm’ of Super Bowl and Snow

Milwaukee stations have been faced with a unique problem: while they have focused much of their resources on covering the lead-up to the Green Bay Packers playing in this weekend’s Super Bowl, a serious storm has hit the area.

This week, Milwaukee viewers have been offered “a perfect storm of sports and weather coverage,” points out Duane Dudek of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“We are covering two stories that take a sizable amount of manpower,” WISN news director Lori Waldon told Dudek. And having a significant number of staffers in Dallas for the Super Bowl has made local weather coverage “extra-challenging.”

Complicating matters even more is the fact that the Dallas area has been experiencing Milwaukee-esque winter weather.

“There’s no complaining about the weather when you’re in Dallas for a Packer Super Bowl,” said WDJT sports reporter Evan Fitzgerald, putting things in perspective.

Tax Break Boosts WBND’s Plans to Build News Department from Scratch

Yesterday TVSpy reported on WBND‘s efforts to build a news department from scratch in South Bend, IN, and now the ABC-affiliate has gotten a boost from local lawmakers.

The St. Joseph County Council, which represents the property on which WBND plans to construct a state-of-the-art news facility, has granted Weigel Broadcasting Co., the stations’ parent company, a significant tax break for its planned $2.25 million investment in WBND’s news facility.

The council voted unanimously to give Weigel Broadcasting a tax abatement, which will allow the company to invest even more money into developing the building that will house WBND’s news operations.

WBND general manager Jeff Guy told the South Bend Tribune that the tax break will permit Weigel to increase its investment by as much as $500,000.
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