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WREG Reporter Has Gun Pulled on Her

WREG reporter April Thompson was working on a story about a recent murder in a small Arkansas town when a man pulled a gun on her.

“We do what we always do in these cases, we go out to find the details,” Thompson told viewers on Wednesday, “but what we found was an angry man with a gun.”  Video inside… Read more

Obama Interview Round-Up: President Sits Down With WISH, KSNV, WREG and WCSH

In his latest local press push, President Obama sat down yesterday with anchors from WISH, KSNV, WREG and WCSH.

Each interview lasted about nine minutes. Topics of discussion were mostly the same across all four interviews — jobs and the economic recovery — with a particular focus on the payroll tax cut. In his interview with WISH anchor Debby Knox, Obama challenged Congress “not to be a grinch.”

“The American people don’t want as a Christmas present their taxes going up by $1,000,” he said. “And that will be true for 160 million Americans if we don’t extend this payroll tax cut.”

Watch video of the interviews after the jump. Read more

Four Local Stations Score Obama Interviews

President Obama is doing another round of regional interviews today, sitting down with anchors from four stations — one each from Indiana, Nevada, Tennessee and Maine.

The anchors are Debby Knox, from WISH in Indianapolis; Jim Snyder; from KSNV in Las Vegas; Richard Ransom, from WREG in Memphis and Pat Callaghan, from WCSH in Portland. KSNV and WCSH are NBC-affiliates, and WISH and WREG are CBS-affiliates.

At least two of the stations –  KSNV and WREG — are billing the interviews with the President as “exclusive.” Read more

Reporter Mike Matthews Cut Loose at WREG

Mike Matthews, a local government reporter who joined WREG in 1997, has been let go from the Memphis CBS-affiliate.

“We’re not leaving because we want to,” Matthews wrote on Twitter. “The station felt it was in their best interest if they wouldn’t renew my contract.”

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Matthews is the third reporter to leave WREG this month. The other two are Tom Powell, who started at WSJV in South Bend on September 26, and Omari Fleming, who will debut on WTXF in Philadelphia on November 1.

Matthews is known at WREG as “The Watchdog,” a nickname that grew out of the pledge he uses to end his reports: “I’ll be watching.” Read more

WREG’s Omari Fleming Joins WTXF in Philadelphia

Omari Fleming has signed on to be an anchor and reporter at Fox owned-and-operated WTXF in Philadelphia.

Fleming has been a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at WREG, the CBS-affiliate in Memphis, since 2001. He anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on Saturday and Sunday.

Prior to working in Memphis, Fleming was a reporter and anchor for WAPT, the ABC-affiliate in Jackson, MS. At WTXF, he will contribute to several of the station’s news programs, according to TVNewsCheck. He starts November 1.

In Memphis, WMC Achieves Ratings Success Not Seen in 15 Years

Memphis’s WMC has reason to pop the champagne this weekend. The NBC-affiliate did a clean sweep in February with all of its newscasts finishing #1.

The station says that it’s the first time the feat has been achieved in 15 years.

“We’re encouraged by the growth of these news ratings,” said WMC general manager Lee Meredith. “Coupled with the skyrocketing numbers that we’re seeing on the Internet and on mobile devices, this is very humbling. We never take our viewers for granted.”

CBS-affiliate WREG took the silver in all of its match-ups with WMC, including 10 p.m., which was both stations’ highest-rated newscast of the day.

“I attribute our success to many things, but most importantly we have the right team on the field working for these successes,” WMC news director Tracey Rogers told TVSpy via email.  “They know our mission and carry it out day in and day out and listen to our viewers and what they want to see every night.”

WMC Report on Local Teen Pregnancy Epidemic Lands on ‘Today’


Memphis NBC-affiliate WMC reported last week that 90 students at a local high school are either pregnant or have recently given birth.  The staggering figure caught the attention of “Today” producers and the show aired its own report on Wednesday morning, with Ron Mott reporting live outside of Memphis’s Frayser High School.

WMC anchor Ursula Madden delivered the original “breaking news” segment, saying, “it’s a number that shocked our newsroom.”

Memphis CBS affiliate WREG followed up on the pregnancy epidemic at Frayser High School, airing its own report in which reporter Bonny Kinney spoke with a recent graduate who has two kids.

Video after the jump… Read more

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