Monday, June 27, 2016

2016 Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards winners

And the 2016 Lone Star Awards winners are...


The Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards banquet was held at Rice University’s Grand Hall this past weekend and the 2016 Lone Star Awards winners were announced!

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TV CATEGORIES

TV Hard News Feature

First:
Elizabeth Saab, Shane Gordon , Juan Rodriquez – Fox 7 Austin – “Who’s Keeping Our Highways Safe?”

Second:
Rebecca Suarez, Douglas Zepeda – KXLN 45 Univision Houston – “Ante La Adversidad”

Third:
Scott Noll, Gregg Ramirez – KHOU – “A Broken Promise To Joplin”

TV Investigative Series

First:
Jeremy Rogalski, Keith Tomshe – KHOU – “Keeping HPD Honest”

Second:
Dillon Collier, Jason Eggleston – KENS – “The Walking Wounded?”

Third:
Scott Noll, John Gibson, Jennifer Cobb – KHOU – “Texas Concussions Uncounted”

TV Consumer News

First:
Jace Larson, Lauren Sweeney – KPRC – “Running Off With The Money”

Second:
Dillon Collier, Michael Humphries – KENS – “I Guess I’m Gonna Be On TeeVee Tonight”

Third:
Scott Noll, Keith Tomshe, Jennifer Cobb – KHOU – “Scrap Yard ID’s”

TV Politics / Government

First:
Robert Arnold, John Barone, Jon Hill – KPRC – “Pulling Back The Curtain”

Second:
Scott Noll, John Gibson, Jennifer Cobb – KHOU – “(Not So) Low Income Housing”

Third:
Dillon Collier, Jason Gonzales – KENS – “Profane Politics”

TV Feature Photography

First:
Matthew Brawley – Houston Public Media – “Michael Roque Collins: A Legacy of Art”

Second:
Matthew Brawley – Houston Public Media – “Gelazzi”

Third:
Fujio Watanabe – Houston Public Media – “Jera Rose Petal Lodge”

TV Soft News Feature

First:
Deborah Knapp, Michael Humphries – KENS – “The Ballet Of Life”

Second:
Julie Coan, Ron Kabele – PBS Digital, KLRN San Antonio – “Coming Home San Antonio: Luis Alvarado”

TV Editing

First:
Michael Humphries – KENS – “The Ballet Of Life”

Second:
Fujio Watanabe – Houston Public Media – “Jera Rose Petal Lodge”

Third:
Michael Humphries – KENS – “Counting Concussions”

TV Documentary or Public Affairs

First:
KPRC Staff – KPRC – “Saving Gorillas: From Houston To Rwanda”

Second:
KPRC Staff – KPRC – “Hurricane Survival Guide 2015”

Third:
Greg Groogan, John Heads – KRIV – “Making The Grade”

TV Sports Feature

First:
Vinnie Vinzetta – KENS – “The Message Is the Name”

Second:
Daniel Gotera, Kyle Porter – KHOU – “Football’s Biggest Nerd”

Third:
Marcelino Benito, John Gibson – KHOU – “Texas Wife Carrying Championships”

TV Breaking News

First:
Marcelino Benito, Scott McKenney – KHOU – “Shots Fired Into Crowd At Vigil”

Second:
Courtney Friedman – KSAT – “Floresville Storm Damage”

Third:
Francisco Barragan, Christine Dobbyn – KTRK – “Weeble Wobble”

TV Photojournalist Of The Year

First:
Matthew Brawley – Houston Public Media

Second:
Bryan Wendland – KENS

Third:
Fujio Watanabe – Houston Public Media – “Arts InSight”

TV Journalist Of The Year

First:
Scott Noll – KHOU

Second:
Joel Eisenbaum – KPRC

Third:
Jace Larson – KPRC

NEWSPAPER CATEGORIES

Newspaper – Business Story

First:
Craig Malisow, Phaedra Cook – Houston Press – “Jonathan’s The Rub: Great Food, Glowing Reviews and a Bitter Family Feud”

Second:
Chris Ramirez – Corpus Christi Caller-Times – “Ingleside’s Rebirth”

Newspaper Investigative Reporting

First:
Leif Reigstad – Houston Press – “Varsity Brands Own Cheerleading …”

Second:
Steve Jansen, Leif Reigstad – Houston Press – “Flooding Parts 1 & 2”

Newspaper Sports Story

First:
Sean Pendergast – Houston Press – “Plan B: Brennan Williams hopes to turn …”

Second:
Matt Samuels – Jewish Herald-Voice – “Always On The Run…”

Newspaper Under 50k Circ. News or Feature Story

First:
Arnold Wayne Jones – Dallas Voice – “Soup 2 Nuts”

Second:
Michael Duke – Jewish Herald-Voice -“Bereaved Family Focuses On Lives After Deadly Flood”

Newspaper Over 50k Circ. News Or Feature Story

First:
Dianna Wray – Houston Press – “Going Under”

Second:
Chris Ramirez – Corpus Christi Caller-Times “Ingleside’s Rebirth”

Third:
Michael Barajas – Houston Press – “Use of Force …”

Newspaper General Commentary

First:
Michael Duke – Jewish Herald-Voice – “Israel Was Reborn Despite The Holocaust”

Second:
Margaret Downing – Houston Press -“The Rise and Crashing Fall …”

Third:
Arnold Wayne Jones – Dallas Voice – “Uchi Coochie – Could She cook!”

Newspaper – Print Journalist Of The Year

First:
Dianna Wray – Houston Press

Second:
Arnold Wayne Jones – Dallas Voice

Third:
Leif Reigstad – Houston Press

MAGAZINE CATEGORIES

Magazine Article

First:
Erin Quinn-Kong – Austin Monthly – “Good Eggs”

Second:
Jennifer Oakley – The Buzz Magazines – “Ghost Bikes”

Third:
John T. Davis – Austin Monthly – “Building Hope”

Magazine Layout

First:
Hector Sanchez, Cory Rivademar, Jenn Hair – Austin Monthly – “November 2015 Issue”

Second:
Staff – Texas Medical Center News – “TMC Pulse – September 2015”

Third:
Heidi Bane – City Of Houston Employee News – “Benefits Pulse Issue 2 – 2015”

Magazine Column

First:
Dale Dudley – Austin Monthly – “Piece Of My Heart”

Second:
Dale Dudley – Austin Monthly – “Waiting To Say Goodbye”

Third:
Jeff Share – Pipeline & Gas Journal – “Goodbye To A Friend And Colleague”

RADIO CATEGORIES

Radio talk Show

First:
Stella Chavez, Laura Isensee – KUHF & KERA – “Dallas vs. Houston”

Second:
Paul Flahive, David Davies, Elena Souris – Texas Public Radio – “The Source: Alzheimer’s Explored …”

Third:
Craig Cohen, Staff – Houston Public Media – News 88.7 – “Houston Matters – Remembering Katrina 10 Years Later”

Radio Politics / Government

First:
Ryan Poppe – Texas Public Radio

Second:
Ben Philpott – KUT 90.5 Austin – “Texans In The GOP Presidential Hunt”

Third:
Florian Martin – Houston Public Media – News 88.7 – “As The Race For Houston Mayor Starts …”

Radio Soft News Feature

First:
Gail Delaughter – Houston Public Media – News 88.7 – “How To Get From Houston To Galveston …”

Second:
Jack Morgan- Texas Public Radio – “How WWII Changed History …”

Third:
David Martin Davies – Texas Public Radio – “Sister Elizabeth Of The Eagle Ford”

Radio Hard News Feature

First:
Shelley Kofler – Texas Public Radio – “Property Owners Worry Vista Ridge Pipeline …”

Second:
Carrie Feibel – Houston Public Media – News 88.7 – “Houston Fire Department Using Doctor Video …”

Third:
David Davies – Texas Public Radio – “Operation Lone Star …”

Radio Series

First:
Lauren Silverman – KERA – “Growing Up After Cancer”

Second:
David Martin Davies – Texas Public Radio – “Concussions and Repercussions …”

Third:
Gail Delaughter – Houston Public Media – News 88.7 – “Rerouting Houston Buses”

Radio Use of Sound

First:
Matt Largey – KUT 90.5 Austin – “The Invisible Thing …”

Second:
Ed Mayberry – Houston Public Media – News 88.7 – “Archive Hosts Relics of Houston Blues”

Third:
David Fehling – Houston Public Media – News 88.7 – “A Houston Bayou Fought With Steel …”

Radio Public Affairs

First:
Joey Palacios, Shelley Kofler – Texas Public Radio – “Looking For A Leader…”

Second:
David Martin Davies – Texas Public Radio – “Should Texas Remember or Forget …”

Third:
Staff – KERA – “THINK: The Aftermath Of Sandra Bland”

Radio Journalist Of the Year

First:
Mose Buchele – KUT 90.5 Austin

Second:
Lauren Silverman – KERA

Third:
Kate McGee – KUT 90.5 Austin

INTERNET CATEGORIES

Internet Opinion

First:
Cory Garcia – Houston Press – “Taylor Swift Is The Modern Queen of Pop …”

Second:
James Russell – Dallas Voice – “Bought And Sold”

Internet Collaborative News Reporting

First:
Staff – KHOU.com – “Fallen Deputy Darren Goforth”

Second:
Staff – KHOU.com – “Historic Texas Flooding”

Internet News Feature Story

First:
Matt Keyser – KHOU.com – “Eye Of The Storm: Remembering Hurricane Ike”

Second:
Michael Foster – SHSU – “SHSU’s COBA Creates 3-D Printed Hand”

Third:
Nathan Cone – Texas Public Radio – “At SXSW, A Modern ‘Western’…”

Internet Hard News Article

First:
Meagan Flynn – Houston Press – “Jesse Jacobs Died In Lockup …”

Second:
Staff – KHOU.com – “School Bus Involved In Deadly Wreck”

Third:
Staff – KHOU.com – “A Matter Of Seconds”

PUBLIC RELATIONS CATEGORIES

Public Relations Publication

First:
Kellie Bramlet, Danielle Underferth, Stephanie Kim – MD Anderson Cancer Center – “Focused On Health”

Second:
Nell Reed, Courtney Martinez – Houston Community College – “HCC Recruiting Brochure”

Public Relations Corporate Video

First:
Enbridge Public Affairs & Comm. Team – Enbridge – “One Texas Landowner’s Story”

Second:
Enbridge Public Affairs & Comm. Team, DDG Video – Enbridge – “A Farmer’s Story”

Third:
Gordon Williams, Shenid Bhayroo, Clinton Rawls – LUTV Productions – “Lamar’s Legacy, Lamar’s Future”

Public Relations Annual Report

First:
Staff – UT Medical School At Houston – “Year in Review”

Second:
Nursing Service – University Of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston – “UTMB Health Nursing Annual Report”

Public Relations Feature Article

First:
Mike Emery – University of Houston Magazine – “Game Changers”

Second:
Elise Rambaud Marrion – City Of Houston Employee News – “Davis Leads City’s Fight Against Human Trafficking”

Public Relations News Release

First:
Mike Emery – University Of Houston – “UH Special Collections Hosts Archives …”

Second:
Mike Emery – University of Houston – “UH Coogs Cooking Up Plan …”

Third:
Lisa Merkl – University Of Houston – “Hackers Gonna Hack”

Public Relations Communicator Of The Year

First:
Steven Stewart – Enbridge

Second:
Leslie Denton-Roach – City Of Houston Employee News

Third:
Robert Cahill – UT Health

STUDENT CATEGORIES

Student Print Photography

First:
Jessica Schurz – The Baylor Lariat – “All In The Family”

Second:
Sarah Pyo – The Baylor Lariat – “Horsecollar Penalty”

Third:
Stephen Nunnelee – The Baylor Lariat – “Quarterback Concussion”

Student Print Sports Story

First:
Shehan Jeyarajah – The Baylor Lariat – “Taylor Young Breaks Conventions”

Second:
Shehan Jeyarajah – The Baylor Lariat – “In The Shadow: Phil Bennett”

Third:
Shardanna Jones – The Cougar – “New Cougar Finds Second Chance In Houston”

Best Student Newspaper

First:
Glissette Santana, Monica Rojas, Sean Alder – The Cougar

Second:
Staff – University Press

Third:
Revelation Staff – Revelation Volume 14 – San Antonio Christian High School

Student Print News or Feature Story

First:
Lauren van Gerven – University Press – “Lamarites Reflect On Paris Attacks”

Second:
Reubin Turner – The Baylor Lariat – “Student Court Issues BU No-Contact Order”

Third:
Rebecca Hennes – The Cougar – “Surviving Stats: How One Student Almost Didn’t”

Student TV & Radio News or Feature story

First:
Kelsey Johnson, Kevin McGee – LUTV Productions – “LUTV on Fox”

Second:
Kevin McGee, Marva Craig – LUTV News – “Bull Doggin’”

Third:
Jessica Babb – Baylor Lariat TV News – “Giving Back To Veterans”

Student TV & Radio Sports Story

First:
Alexa Brackin – Baylor Lariat TV News – “Baylor Falls In Cotton Bowl”

Second:
Kevin McGee, Caleb McFarland – LUTV News – “Beautiful Mountain Boarding”

Third:
Thomas Mott – Baylor Lariat TV News – “Bears Lose To Longhorns”


VIDEO: Best TV News Bloopers, Interviews, Fails 2016




Thursday, June 23, 2016

VIDEO: Marvin Zindler's 'Slime in the Ice Machine' tease with Mike McGuff

Mike McGuff gets to yell "Slime in the Ice Machine" for Marvin Zindler


Here's a throwback for you...

When I was interning at KTRK abc13 in 1995, legendary Houston Action 13 consumer reporter Marvin Zindler asked me to do a "Slime in the Ice Machine" tease for that night's newscast!

The great Alan Hemberger also makes a comment.

RIP to both of them.

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Ilona Carson delivers!

KTRK abc13 anchor Ilona Carson has baby girl for first time


Last January, I told you how KTRK abc13 anchor Ilona Carson was expecting baby number three and now the big day has arrived...yesterday actually.

"Happy to share my big news: Georgina Eleanor was born yesterday," Carson tweeted today.

After two boys, Carson has a girl this time.

Pierce was born in 2012. James was born in 2009. James is a great name.

Now we are on baby watch for reporter Miya Shay and morning anchor Samica Knight.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

KHOU 11 makes major anchor changes

Morning, evening, night, weekend anchor changes at KHOU 11



KHOU 11 is going through major, major anchor changes. In fact, in my time blogging and before, I don't ever remember a change to this degree all around the same time at a Houston TV station.

Multiple sources are telling me that a meeting was held in the channel 11 newsroom this morning announcing the following anchor schedule changes.

Morning show:
Russ Lewis (incoming from KGW Portland) and Lisa Hernandez (moved from evening anchoring)

4pm:
Rekha Muddaraj will be added (from weekend night anchoring)

10pm:
Len Cannon and Mia Gradney (moved from and possibly still working evening newscasts)

Weekend mornings and nights:
Ron Trevino (moved from morning anchoring)

Sherry Williams will be moved from weekend morning anchoring to weekday morning reporting full-time.

Unknown what will happen to morning anchor Lily Jang at the moment. UPDATE: Lily Jang will be a 4pm feature reporter until her contract ends.

At this point, we do not know when all of these changes are taking place. I assume Greg Hurst will remain on the evening shows.

I reached out to KHOU for comment and have not heard back. If/when I do, updates will be posted here.

What do you think of the new lineup?

From an outside perspective, KHOU does well in overall household viewing ratings-wise, but has been lacking in the younger demographics coveted by advertisers. The other Houston stations have been doing better in the 18 to 34, 25 to 54...etc. age ranges. I would imagine this is the reason for the big shakeup under new news director Sally Ramirez.

Stay tuned.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Telemundo Houston to launch 4pm news

Telemundo Houston KTMD to launch a 4pm newscast this fall

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Starting September 26, 2016, 14 Telemundo-owned stations will add a new half-hour local newscast to deliver even more local news to their communities including KTMD Houston at 4pm.

Here is more from the release:

MIRAMAR, FL – (June 21, 2016) – The Telemundo Station Group today announced an expansion of its local news programming, unveiling plans to launch a new 30-minute newscast that will air weekdays at 5:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM CT beginning Monday, September 26 at 14 of its local owned stations. The expansion comes less than two years after the Telemundo Station Group ushered in a new era in Spanish-language local television by adding a half-hour newscast at 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT across 14 markets. The new news expansion at 5:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM CT will result in viewers receiving an additional 150 minutes of local breaking news coverage and up-to-the-minute weather forecasts each week in their respective markets. In those markets, the new 30-minute newscast will replace Telemundo network’s half-hour show, The Best of Caso Cerrado, and viewers will continue to enjoy Caso Cerrado with Dra. Ana Maria Polo every weekday at 3 PM ET and 7 PM ET in its regular time periods.

“The Telemundo-owned stations have transformed local Spanish-language news and the way Hispanic communities receive the local information that matters to them,” said Manuel Martinez, President, Telemundo Station Group. “This local news investment serves as a testament to our deep-rooted commitment and our sense of responsibility as local broadcasters to ensure that our Spanish language viewers – who have been underserved for far too long – receive best-in-class local news, up-to-the-minute weather forecasts and have access to important consumer information they need to help them stay ahead and be empowered consumers.”

The Telemundo stations that will add the new half-hour newscast include: Telemundo 52 Los Angeles (KVEA), Telemundo 47 New York (WNJU), Telemundo 51 Miami (WSCV), Telemundo Houston (KTMD), Telemundo 39 Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX), Telemundo Chicago (WSNS), Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia (KSTS), Telemundo 60 San Antonio (KVDA), Telemundo Phoenix (KTAZ), Telemundo Tucson (KHRR), Telemundo 40 Rio Grande Valley (KTLM), Telemundo Denver (KDEN), Telemundo62 Philadelphia (WWSI) and Telemundo Las Vegas (KBLR). To support this initiative, the Telemundo Station Group expects to immediately hire at least 30 additional employees to boost the local newsrooms.

Martinez added, “I am proud of our stations and the work they do day in and day out to inform our Spanish language communities.”

The local news expansion continues the increased commitment NBCUniversal has made to its local Telemundo stations to better serve Spanish-language viewers all across the country. Thanks to the company’s significant investments, the Telemundo Station Group has revolutionized the way that Spanish-language viewers receive local news, with many local Telemundo-owned stations seeing strong results. At the close of the May 2016 Sweeps Period, the Telemundo stations in Miami, Phoenix and Denver outranked all local stations in their markets. NBCUniversal’s investment has also supported other local news expansions, including in Philadelphia at Telemundo62 (WWSI) and in Boston at Telemundo Boston (WNEU); bolstered newsgathering efforts; equipped the news teams with the resources they need to be competitive in the markets they serve; launched newly redesigned digital platforms; and introduced new, single-station apps that feature the industry’s first localized and automated weather push alerts in Spanish. Less than two years after the launch of the Telemundo Station Group’s wildly successful consumer investigative franchise – Telemundo Responde (Telemundo Responds) – 12 Telemundo Responde teams have collectively produced more than 1,800 stories and recovered nearly $5 million for consumers all across the United States and Puerto Rico. This year, the Telemundo-owned stations are working closely with local community based organizations to host voter registration drives all throughout the country to help inform, empower and engage Hispanic voters. The stations’ hyper-local voter registration effort is part of Telemundo’s #YODECIDO one-of-a- kind multiplatform and comprehensive effort to empower Hispanic voters nationwide.

* (corrected after originally posting it was a 5pm newscast which the station already has)


'The Buzz Lady' Roseann Rogers checks in for K9s4COPs

Roseann Rogers aka 'The Buzz Lady' is now executive director of K9s4COPs which grants fully trained K9s to law enforcement agencies in 33 states across the country

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It's been a couple of years since I've featured Roseann Rogers aka "The Buzz Lady" on the pages of this blog. That's all about to change today as she writes in to tell us about her new chapter. Soon we may be calling her "The K9 Lady!"

Mike,

Life is a journey and you just never know what direction it will take.

Since moving here in 1995, I have been truly fortunate to have had a very successful broadcasting career, as The Buzz Lady, covering what’s hot, hip and happening, then later moving on to becoming part of the management teams at KPRC and KTUBE. I have also had appearances on KHOU and KTRK. In fact, I was the first host to launch the informative and entertaining program, “Check this Out!” on Channel 13.

Broadcasting led me to business, where I’ve had the opportunity to work for the Finger Corporation (Finger Furniture), as the director of Marketing and Business Development, as well as the VP of Strategic Marketing and Development at the Houston Chronicle and the Director of PR and Business Development for John Daugherty, Realtors, where I still hold my real estate license.

For years, I have had a passion for philanthropic endeavors. I have co-chaired dozens of events for nonprofits, from luncheons to galas to fashion shows. (American Cancer Society, Nutcracker Market Preview Party, Trees of Hope, AIDS Foundation Houston, American Heart Association, Junior League of Houston) I’m also a founding board member of Dress for Success, Houston and was Co-Vice President for Trees of Hope. Three years ago, I was the auction chair for K9s4COPs’ annual event UNLEASHED.

 photo roseannrogers_al_zpsargy2e4n.jpgFounder and Chairman Kristi Schiller and I have known each other for 20 years. First crossing paths in our broadcasting careers and then later chairing the Nutcracker Market Preview party together, and most recently being a part of the fundraising efforts for K9s4COPs. So when the opportunity presented itself to interview for the Executive Director position, I just simply had to go for it!! And, the rest is history. I started at K9s4COPs the first of the year and it’s been a great move and decision.

I truly believe in what we do everyday! Kristi and I are both moms of only children and we both feel there has ALWAYS been a calling for us to help the community in a big way! K9s4COPs does just that and together, we make one BIG dynamic duo! K9s4COPs grants fully trained K9s to law enforcement agencies in 33 states across the country and internationally in Paris, France. When we heard the Paris National Police lost their K9 Diesel in the line of duty during the Paris terrorist attacks we had to reach out and we did. In March, Kristi, myself and Harris County Sheriff Deputy Ted Dalhin, who our organization is the inspiration for after he lost his K9 in the line of duty, we traveled to NYC to deliver him to the French National Police so they could take him back to Paris. Since its inception, K9s granted by K9s4COPs have taken more than $135,000,000 with of contraband, cash and weapons off the streets. We’ve granted more than 130 K9s to agencies and schools and the numbers continue to increase. 2016 will be a record year for K9s4COPs, granting more K9s then ever before.

Since joining K9s4COPs, I’ve launched and developed new fundraising endeavors including the K$9 Challenge, where we challenge everyone to donate just $9 to help our cause. Using my marketing and business skills, I’ve increased our fundraising event revenue, expanded our reach with social media campaigns and produced two PSA ’s, currently in rotation throughout Texas and several states where we have granted K9s.

So, the next time you see me on TV I won’t be covering the story, rather I’ll be part of the K94COPs story on how we’re helping to keep our communities and schools safer one K9 at time!

Thank you for what you do.

Keep up the good work! I truly appreciate you wanting to know more about what I’m doing now.

I guess you can call me The K9 Lady!!

All the best,

Roseann



Monday, June 20, 2016

Oscar E. Garcia named KIII Corpus Christi News Director



KIII-TV, a TEGNA Company, announced today that Oscar E. Garcia has been named News Director for the Nielsen-Rated #1 News Team in South Texas. Mr. Garcia will begin his position July 18, 2016.

Mr. Garcia started his television news career more than ten years ago in El Paso, Texas, working his way through Editor, Reporter, Producer and ultimately Executive Producer for KFOX14/CBS4. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from New Mexico State University. One in Mass Communications and another BA in Spanish. He also has three Lone Star Emmy nominations under his belt for “Best Newscast” as producer.

“Managing an active and progressive newsroom is a constant challenge and I enjoy discussing ways to keep every news staff member informed and energized.” said Garcia. “In today’s media world, news is on all screens and devices. It’s my focus to keep all important news, weather and sports information in front of all viewers, all the time.”

“Oscar has received praise from peers and news organizations alike and we are proud to present a newscast in the best interest of our viewers,” said Dan Robbins, KIII-TV President and General Manager. “We will continue to dedicate our staff and resources to bringing our viewers information they can trust.”

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Russ Lewis joins #KHOU11 as promised

KGW Portland morning anchor Russ Lewis joins KHOU 11

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Russ Lewis
When KHOU 11 hired KGW assistant news director Sally Ramirez to be its news director, we learned this hire would be a package deal.

That's because Ramirez's husband, Russ Lewis, is the morning anchor at the Portland TEGNA sister station.

At the time of Ramirez's hiring in February, we were told Lewis would, "be joining the KHOU 11 on-air team later this summer."

Well, the heat advisories are on...it must be summer!

So after 15 years in the KGW morning news seat, Lewis said his last "good morning Portland" TVSpy reported today.

"[I'm] off to Houston next week, working for the same company, staying within the family, just leaving this family and moving on to Houston, TX," Lewis told his Portland TV audience this morning. "My wife is already there working for the company too."

Now we have to guess which shift Lewis takes.

According to his bio, Lewis joined KGW in 1999 after working at stations in Sacramento, Tucson and El Paso. If you happen to know the actual stations he worked for, let us know in the comments.

He is a graduate of New Mexico State University.



Ned Hibberd joins WCNC NBC Charlotte

Former FOX 26 KRIV reporter/anchor Ned Hibberd joins WCNC NBC Charlotte


Former longtime FOX 26 KRIV reporter and weekend anchor, Ned Hibberd, is leaving his post-Houston gig as assistant news director at Fox Charlotte WJZY-WMYT after two years and some change.

His next move is across the street as they say.

That's because Hibberd is heading to WCNC as the new executive producer of investigations and special projects.

As I wrote before, Hibberd was at KRIV for nearly 25 years where he started as an intern.

The Rice grad worked as a production crew member, assignments editor, associate producer, investigative reporter, fill-in anchor and general assignments reporter.

His first day at WCNC will be June 23rd.




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