The NBC and Telemundo stations in San Francisco are hosting an all-day fundraiser today that will help individuals move on from the shelters and will be used to help find temporary and permanent housing, make up for lost work wages, cover transportation and relocation costs as well as extra money for food and gas. “As we all watch the devastating images of individuals and neighborhoods impacted by the wildfires, we all want to help in some way,” said Stacy Owen, KNTV’s general manager.
For 354 days, Mackenzie Grant was a morning news producer for a TV station. Until the election of 2016. “The results deflated me in a way I wasn’t expecting. A Trump presidency meant fighting for an industry that would never fight for me.”
Chris Bradley, the chief meteorologist for WBNS, posted on his Facebook page that he has an aggressive form of leukemia and that “we’ve simply run out of options to treat this disease.” Bradley said that he’s at home surrounded by family. “Jason and the kids have been so loving and devoted to my care all this time. Truly, we have fought this disease together,” he writes.
Travis Sherwin will move from being the news director at Hearst’s WPBF in West Palm to head up the company’s national investigative unit out of Washington, D.C. Sherwin said that while he enjoyed being a news director, “this is where my heart is, telling stories that are compelling and that people care about.”
KTVA, Anchorage’s CBS affiliate owned by Denali Media, was awarded 8 Goldie Awards by the Alaska Broadcasting Association. “Reporting the truth to Alaskans is at the core of what we do, and it’s nice to be recognized for that effort,” said Janis Harper, KTVA’s news director.
An old-fashioned brains vs. brains quiz show, one high school against another in a fast-paced test of student knowledge is entering into its fifth season on WTVO and WQRF in Rockford, Ill. “It proves that people will still tune in to watch locally originated programming that offers value to the viewer and business owner,” said Kelly Lattimer, WQRF’s general manager.
The Scripps Howard Awards are accepting entries for its 66th competition starting on Dec. 1. “Steeped in the proud tradition of the free press, the Scripps Howard Awards pay tribute to the dedicated journalists who pursue the truth with tenacity, honesty and courage,” said Liz Carter, Scripps Howard Foundation president.
WJZY, the Fox-owned affiliate in Charlotte, spent 18 months trying to find an organ donor for an Army vet in desperate need of a kidney. Due to the unfortunate passing of a 10 year old, the vet got his kidney. “Without the support [FOX 46] gave me as a veteran, as a person, and the love that you all showed me, I wouldn’t have made it.”
One out of every 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18. WUSA in Washington, D.C., is hosting a free workshop that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Since WDTN Daton, Ohio, developed the first Food for Friends campaign in 1982, more than 13 million food items have been collected and distributed to families in need. “Dayton is one of the hungriest cities in America and we know the need throughout the Miami Valley is greater than ever,” said Joe Abouzeid, WDTN’s general manager