7News sports freelancer Mike Leslie has been hired in Charlotte. The newcomer will be joining Fox-affil WJZY as a sports anchor and reporter.
Leslie told TVSpy, “I spent a few months in Boston freelancing, getting a taste of a “big-market” environment,” adding, “Now I get to come down to Charlotte and be a part of a station starting from the ground up. It’s apparent, just a couple days in, that Fox does things the ‘right way.’”
Mike Leslie started at Bulfinch Place in June. No word on his replacement.
Joy Lim Nakrin, weekender at Minneapolis’ ABC-affil KTSP, is joining the Fox25 team. The popular anchor and reporter will finish up duties on October 13th, with a start date in Dedham to be determined.
A New Englander, Lim Nakrin had a stint in Hartford at former-CW56 sister station WTIC, where she was also a weekender.
In 2011, she left Connecticut Fox-affil WTIC for KTSP, joining the ranks of such familiar faces as Chickage Windler and Ken Barlow.
At Fox25, Joy Lim Nakrin will be a reporter, anchor, and legal analyst.
After more than twenty years, NewsCenter5 anchor Liz Brunner is leaving the station. The nightside anchor announced on Facebook that she is departing 5 TV Place to start her own communications firm.
She remarked, “I’m so excited to share some special news with you. I am launching my own company, Brunner Communications, a full-service media training, coaching, and consulting firm. It’s been a phenomenal journey, and now I’m thrilled to embark on my next chapter.”
Brunner joined WCVB in 1993 after working at then-CBS affil WTVT in Tampa Bay. No word on her replacement, but Brunner’s last day is next Thursday, October 17th.
Longtime NewsCenter5 anchor Susan Wornick is retiring. The midday hostess has been with the station for 33 years.
The popular anchor remarks, “I’ve had a remarkable career in broadcasting but there is still a lot I want to do and accomplish,” adding, “I have worked with some of the finest people in the history of television. Hearst Broadcasting and Channel 5 have given me opportunities that have helped me experience some of the best things in life. I am truly one of very few people who can say that they got up every day to go to work and loved their job, but I’ve decided that it’s time to reinvent myself.
Highlights of her career include awards from the National Headliner for her work in Team 5 Investigates reporting, as well as her jump to the national spotlight in 1985 when she refused to reveal her news source, almost landing her a jail sentence.
She has been lauded by management, with GM Bill Fine saying, “Susan Wornick is a true original. She is an icon in the business and an irreplaceable part of our newsroom. Susan has worked tirelessly in her many charitable endeavors and is a beloved member of the Boston community. We have been lucky to work with her and will continue to support Susan in her future charitable outreach.”
Wornick joined the station in 1981 as a general assignment reporter and was promoted to the noon newscast in 1989, where she has remained ever since. It has been consistently top-rated with her at the helm. She plans to continue her passion of helping give voice to the voiceless and to pursue other interests.
Susan Wornick will officially exit the anchor desk in early 2014. No word yet on her replacement.
Following two years at the 7News anchor desk, primary anchor Reid Lamberty was shown the door on Tuesday. The move comes after several high-profile anchor shuffles at the station. Speculation is rampant that the move was made due to flagging ratings in the key 6p.m. and 11p.m. timeslots.
Lamberty joined the NBC-affil in September 2011, replacing Frances Rivera. He arrived in Boston following an impulsive move to Miami following a stint at Fox owned-and-operated station WNYW.
No word yet on the nomadic anchor’s next move or his replacement.
NewsCenter5 morning meteorologist J.C. Monahan is leaving the Eyeopener, according to WCVB.com. Her new role will be co-host of nightly news-magazine Chronicle. Her dayside replacement is former Fox25 morning met Cindy Fitzgibbon.
GM Bill Fine wasted no time showering praise upon both weather guessers, commenting, “JC is an extraordinarily talented journalist and was looking for a new challenge. Cindy is someone we long admired as a competitor and was looking for a return to local television after taking six months off to be with her family.” He added, “The timing was incredibly fortunate for NewsCenter 5 and Chronicle, as this is a true perfect match in every way, for our viewers, JC and Cindy.”
If you may remember, Fitzgibbon left Fox25 six months ago to spend more time with her family. No word yet on her first day at 5 TV Place.
Amalia Barreda has decided to leave NewsCenter5. The twenty-one year veteran has decided to retire from the station at the end of June. The news broke this morning on the station’s website.
Barreda remarked on her tenure at 5 TV Place, saying, “these 21 years have been a great ride, covering unforgettable stories with thoughtful, hard-working and talented people.” She added, “This was a huge and hard decision to make, and it is bittersweet to leave so many of you who I consider family to spend more time with family.”
While at NewsCenter5, Amalia Barreda covered the O.J. Simpson trial, the sex-abuse scandal in the Church, among others. She also won a Gabriel Award in 2001 for her story of a disabled Regis College student.
Check out this video tribute to Victoria Block’s career from 7 News last week. It includes Block’s on-air sign off following her retirement announcement.
WBZ morning meteorologist Melissa Mack has left the station. After a three-year stint with the network-owned duopoly, Mack abruptly signed off on Friday morning.
Mack remarked on her time on the morning shift, saying, “It’s been great. But the butt crack of dawn just hasn’t worked for me. Just saying it.” She did, however, remain mum on her next move.
Prior to joining WBZ in 2010, Mack worked at Cleveland Fox-affil WJW.
A familiar reporter is returning to Boston after a six year hiatus. Sean Hennessey, a reporter at 7 News until 2007, is leaving WCBS in New York for a job at Boston College.
A spokesperson for the station told FishbowlNY, “the WCBS family wishes Sean the best as he starts his new career as an associate editor of news and public affairs at Boston College.”
In addition to this new role, the 11-year veteran of channel 7 is also likely to take an adjunct professorship with the university.