Here’s the Roundup for the Week Ending August 4

By Kevin Eck 

Happy Friday to all who celebrate! For those weekenders in the audience, godspeed.

In this week’s edition of stories we didn’t get to for one reason or another, we see that a longtime Denver anchor is leaving the station after 40 years. We also added a few longer pieces: one from the Dallas Morning News about Perry Sook, CEO of Nexstar, one about two local reporters in Georgia preparing to cover Donald Trump’s possible indictment in that state and another from a reporter who has created a media bias chart.

Let’s begin, then. Shall we?


Former President Donald Trump was charged this week in connection with his role in attempts to overturn the 2020 election and events leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. A grand jury indicted him on four counts, including conspiracy to defraud the nation. Poynter reports on how 2 local reporters have prepared for the possible Trump indictment in Georgia. Click here for more.

Ray Metoyer, a former weekend anchor and reporter at 6 News WOWT in Omaha, Neb., has died. The one-time local journalist-turned-executive producer whose career spanned four decades passed away on July 21 in Atlanta at the age of 72. Click here for more.

When CEO Perry Sook founded Nexstar in 1996, the media company had one local television station in Scranton, Pa. Since then, the company has acquired 200 broadcast stations across 39 states and 116 markets, making it the largest owner of television stations in the country. Now, Nexstar is launching its second act. Click here to read about it in the Dallas Morning News.

Fox61 anchor Jenn Bernstein has left the Hartford, Conn., Fox affiliate. Click here for the video.

One reporter created a Media Bias Chart after they said they watched their Facebook feed, “once a lifeline for communication and information sharing, devolved into a partisan battleground as ‘friends’ ideologically bashed each other with one-sided articles designed to turn emotion into clicks.” Click here for more.

After almost 40 years covering Colorado’s news at Denver7, Anne Trujillo, (pictured) Denver’s longest-serving continuous evening news anchor, has announced she will sign off from the station this fall. Click here to read about it.

Hearst’s chief national correspondent Mark Albert is leaving the company.

After “more than five years after launching and leading the company’s first national investigative unit.” Below is part of his goodbye in an email obtained by TVSpy.

Since its June 2018 launch, the NIU has won two national Excellence in Financial Journalism awards, two Tellys, three SPJ correspondent awards, and worldwide honors from the global Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards, along with a citation from a tobacco control coalition for contributing to public health(!). My proudest recognition here is the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism. That says it all: we innovated our way to compelling, unique, engaging, exclusive journalism for our stations, breaking stories on the FBI, FDA, FAA, DHS, TSA, and DNI, and about election security, hate crimes, homeland security, vaping, climate change, sexual abuse and coverups within a global religious organization, rail safety and more, with enterprise surveys and questionnaires that resulted in reporting no one else could match. In fact, in one of the highest compliments, our reporting has been quoted by CNN, The Washington Post, POLITICO, and others. We did stories of consequence. And our ‘Get the Facts’ collaboration with brought our viewers, listeners, and readers essential context so they could be better informed and not get duped by mis- and disinformation.

From WCMH in Columbus – ” In an exciting new chapter at NBC4, the station proudly welcomes Joe Nugent as our new sports director, bringing his passion for sports and wealth of experience to our team. As Nugent joins the NBC4 family, we are also celebrating Jerod Smalley‘s move to anchoring full-time, providing a powerhouse of talent for both our sports and news viewers.” Click here for more.