Thursday, January 20, 2022

Daniella Guzman stops by Houston Life

Daniella Guzman rejoins KPRC 2
Daniella Guzman signs off KNBC

WFAA DFW photojournalist Josh Stephen describes Colleyville hostage coverage

Josh Stephen, a WFAA Dallas - Fort Worth photojournalist for more than a decade, was the person who captured the end of the ten hour hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville.

WFAA 8 reporter Matt Howerton interviewed Stephen on how he did it.

You can watch the story that aired above, the raw interview and the raw footage from last weekend. 

Avery Tomasco promoted to CBS Austin mornings

Avery Tomasco is the new CBS Austin News KEYE morning meteorologist, moving from weekend evenings.

Tomasco will be taking the place of meteorologist Nicole Hartford who is leaving for 11Alive WXIA Atlanta in February 2022.

Avery Tomasco's baby announcement for the win!

Here is what Tomasco posted to Twitter:

"Life update and exciting news to share with you, friends... I have accepted a promotion to become the full-time morning meteorologist for CBS Austin News beginning next week (January 24th.) To say this is a dream come true would be an understatement... 

I grew up in Austin utterly fascinated by the weather. I’d fall asleep to “weather on the 8’s” as a kid, always glued to Mark Murray and Jim Spencer during every storm chance, running quickly from the TV to the back deck with my dad to observe and learn while monitoring my rinky-dink weather station I got for Christmas one year. I discovered quickly after my first internship that I wanted to be a morning meteorologist, and I wanted to do so in Austin... to finally be stepping into that role 10 years later is surreal and difficult to put into words.

I get to continue doing what I love, keeping you ahead of our wild Texas weather while (hopefully) teaching you something new along the way. I get to stay in Austin, raise my little girl in the town I grew up in surrounded by friends and family, and teach her all of the things that made me fall in love with meteorology to begin with. 

A huge thank you to my news director, Rob, and our general manager, Amy, for taking a chance on me four years ago and for taking another chance on me now. And thank YOU for coming along for this incredible ride. I truly have you, your trust, and your viewership to thank. I am beyond honored, and I can’t wait to get started!"

As he mentioned his Central Texas upbringing, the Houston born and Austin raised Tomasco attended Eanes Elementary, Hill Country middle school and Westlake High School.

While in school, Tomasco visited KEYE 42 Chief Meteorologist Troy Kimmel which drove his desire to forecast weather.

Before returning to Austin at KEYE, Tomasco was the morning meteorologist for KTAB/KRBC Abilene.

The Texas A&M University Bachelor of Science (BS) Meteorology grad interned across the street at FOX 7 Austin KTBC.

Tomasco, a self-described "true weather nerd" earned his Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society right before joining CBS Austin.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Getting man-on-the-street interviews (MOS)

Vaughn Hillyard, an NBC News Correspondent, teaches television journalist through the NBCU Academy, how to get the public’s opinion with an MOS aka "Man On the Street" interviews.

"Folks will tell you what the story is – listen to them," said Hillyard. "That’s the value of talking to folks on the street."

Watch Hillyard's tips and tricks to get people to open up to broadcast journalists with a big camera right in their face. 

Kristin Walla joins KIII 3 Corpus Christi

Kristin Walla just celebrated her first weather broadcast ever at KIII 3 Corpus Christi in early January 2022.  

That's a way to start of the New Year.

"A huge thank you to anyone and everyone who has helped me get to where I am today," Walla tweeted.  "I have an incredible support system."

Walla is the new KIII weekend meteorologist after Joe DeCarlo left and later joined News 4 San Antonio WOAI

The Texas A&M University Meteorology Bachelor of Science grad interned at KBTX Bryan/College Station and KXAN Austin.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Keisha Burns leaves NBC 5 DFW KXAS

Keisha Burns has left the NBC 5 DFW KXAS weather department after five years.

Here is the life update Burns gave on Facebook:

"After 5 years working with NBC 5 DFW, and nearly 17 years in the TV news business, I’m gearing up for my next adventure. 

The time is now. I’ll have more on my next step soon, but today I want to say thank you! 

Thank you for inviting me into your homes. 

It’s been an honor and a privilege forecasting for you. 

I’ll miss my news family, but looking forward to what’s to come."

Apparently the Lone Star EMMY award winner is not leaving Dallas. 

Burns joined NBC 5 KXAS in February 2017 as the weekend morning weather anchor/reporter.

Prior to the Metroplex, Burns was a weather anchor at NorthWest Cable News (NWCN) and KING 5 Seattle for seven years.

Before that, Burns worked as an anchor/reporter/weather forecaster for KTVZ Bend, Oregon.

Burns started in the broadcast news businesses at KGWN Cheyenne, Wyoming as a weekend anchor and reporter.

The Cal State University Northridge grad is a Southern California native, but has an older brother who lives in North Texas.

Texas news directors promoted or leaving TV

Scott Fitzgerald leaves CW39 KIAH Houston

Texas TV anchors and reporters aren't the only ones leaving jobs in the so-called "great resignation," so are news directors and managers, too.

CW39 KIAH news director Scott Fitzgerald

Scott Fitzgerald, who I interviewed back in September 2020, when he was the brand new CW39 KIAH News Operations Manager is leaving the TV biz to join Vizrt/NewTek as Regional Sales Manager for its Southwest region.

According to its website, NewTek is the leader in IP video technology that gives every storyteller a voice through video. 

Fitzgerald has also been a news director for KJRH Tulsa, Oklahoma and KRNV 4/Fox 11 KRXI Reno. 

The Wake Forest University grad has also worked for CBS interactive, NBC News and NBC Weather Plus.

James Keith KENS 5 San Antonio Assistant News Director

James Keith, the KENS 5 San Antonio Assistant News Director, announced he is leaving the TEGNA station and TV in general at the end of January 2022.  Keith will join the corporate communications team at Security Service Federal Credit Union.

Keith joined KENS as an investigative reporter in January 2017.  In 2018, he was promoted to assistant ND.

He previously has worked as an assistant news director/anchor/reporter for FOX 29 KABB San Antonio and a reporter for the former News 8 Austin and KAVU 25 Victoria.

Keep your eyes on Keith, because he has left the TV business in the past and then jumped back in.

For example, before KENS, Keith was the chief communications officer for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. In the past, he was also the communication director for Judson ISD.

Chad Cross joins CBS from KXAN Austin

While we're talking news directors, we should mention KXAN news director Chad Cross.  

Now he is not leaving TV news, but moving on up.  As I blogged last week, Cross will serve as a senior leader at the lab as Vice President, Content Development, CBS Stations out of KTVT Dallas - Fort Worth.

You've seen Cross's name on my blog in the past since he has been with KXAN Austin since 2012. 

Cross has also been the news director for KWCH Wichita, Kansas.

Monday, January 17, 2022

KHOU 11 Morning News promos

 KHOU 11 Morning News is taking over for #HTownRush as the name of the channel 11 Houston morning news. 

Kimberly Davis, Jennifer Reyna and Dave Froehlich have been hired in the last year.

I think it's safe to call it a re-built newscast.

Now here come the promos to let Houston TV viewers know what's going on.

I couldn't embed the last Dave Froehlich video so click here.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Zalome Briceno joins Telemundo Houston KTMD

Zalome Briceno

Zalome Briceno is joining Telemundo Houston KTMD as weekend news anchor from NBCU owned and operated station sister-station Telemundo 60 San Antonio KVDA.

Here is what Briceno tweeted:

"Hello Houston! Excited to announce I’ll be joining Telemundo Houston as their weekend news anchor and MMJ.  Ready to embark on this new professional adventure and to inform this community.

Feliz de contarles que me uno a la familia de Telemundo Houston como presentadora del fin de semana y periodista multimedia. Emocionada por esta nueva aventura profesional y lista para informar a esta comunidad."

Telemundo Houston viewers will be able to watch Briceno on the Saturday/Sunday 5pm and 10pm newscasts starting January 15, 2022.

Briceno joined Telemundo 60 San Antonio in June 2018 as a multimedia journalist (MMJ).  She transitioned into an anchor in November 2019. Since July 2021,

Briceno solo anchored the 11am and 5pm newscasts while co-anchoring the 4pm news. She also fill-in anchored for the 10pm newscasts.

The University of Florida grad worked for the school's WUFT-FM, and WUFT-TV as a Bilingual MMJ/Anchor/Producer.