- 9:59 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Former HLN anchor Vinnie Politan officially joins 11 Alive on air August 4 on a new morning show from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. dubbed “Atlanta Alive.” He will be the primary anchor.
Morning anchor Karyn Greer’s role will shift. She will anchor the noon telecast, do stories for the evening shows and provide more digital content, according to a story posted on 11 Alive.
Chesley McNeil will still anchor the 4:30 a.m. news with Tracy Humphrey. McNeil will continue to do the weather from 5 to 7 a.m.
“Commuter Dude” Jerry Carnes, education reporter Donna Lowry and “Ways to Save” reporter [More]
- 4:17 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Georgia native Chris Holcomb has been named 11 Alive’s chief meteorologist, a job he has been seeking for many years.
On Facebook, Holcomb this afternoon posted this:
I am truly humbled and honored! Ever since I [More]
- 5:37 am Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mike Francis, who left 11 Alive earlier this year as chief meteorologist under murky circumstances, wrote a Facebook post last Friday that suggests he is done with TV news:
A lot of people have been asking me if I am going to get back into TV or if I am done with it….. Here is a “prime” example of why I am done with the insanity known as TV news…..
He still plans to chase tornadoes in the plains, he wrote. “Who knows, I might land back on the air in Atlanta because I will not be leaving this city anytime soon. You [More]
- 1:17 pm Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss Bachelorette Andi Dorfman leaving the District Attorney’s Office, HLN host Vinnie Politan’s move to 11Alive and Ken Cook’s retirement.
- 2:21 pm Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Vinnie Politan is leaving Atlanta-based HLN July 3 and joining the NBC affiliate 11 Alive as a morning anchor, I’ve learned exclusively.
WXIA-TV General Manager John Deushane confirmed the news to me but couldn’t provide any details.
11 Alive sent a memo to staff today saying he will join Karyn Greer in the mornings starting the first week of August, effectively replacing Ted Hall, who left last year to return to Knoxville.
Politan referred comments to HLN, which released a statement: “Vinnie has been a tremendous asset to HLN over the years. We thank him and wish him only the best.”
He currently [More]
- 11:35 am Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
At the Southeast Emmys awards this past weekend at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, Channel 2 Action News took home news and station excellence award, just like 2013.
11 Alive, the NBC affiliate, matched its Emmy total from last year, with the most of any station: 20. It won for best newscast in the major market category.
For the first time, several categories were split so Hispanic stations could be honored separately. Telemundo Atlanta won best newscast and station excellence.
Hosts Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel and Vinnie Politan of HLN co hosted an efficient show, which finished 15 minutes earlier than [More]
- 11:36 am Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jeff Hullinger is returning to his sports roots: he will doing sports anchoring at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m on top of his existing duties as 10 p.m. news anchor on WATL-TV and general news assignment reporting.
Ellen Crooke, his news director, made the announcement this morning via email.
He joined WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate, in 2010, then started his WATL duties in 2011 along with his 11 Alive reporting job.
- 3:44 pm Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
While things are not quite crazy yet, the local TV news stations and the Weather Channel are prepping for the worst, with anchors and meteorologists using words like potentially “catastrophic” and “devastating” for the forthcoming ice storm.
The massive ice/snow traffic jam of two weeks ago made for compelling visuals in terms of absurd tie ups and was relatively unexpected, which made for great TV. Plus, people didn’t lose power so everyone got to watch if they weren’t stuck on the roads.
This time around, no matter how severe it becomes, coverage will be more conventional. We’ve had plenty of forewarning. People [More]
- 12:51 pm Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mike Francis, chief meteorologist at the NBC affiliate 11 Alive here since the summer of 2011, has left the station.
Why? I am not 100% sure but I’m told he was taken off air before his contract was up. He has not found a new gig that I know of so this was not a voluntary departure.
I first reported this news Monday afternoon. Later in the day, the 11 Alive Facebook page confirmed the news when someone inquired: