Here’s The Roundup for the Week Ending March 3

By Kevin Eck 

Happy Friday to those who celebrate!

In this week’s edition of stories we didn’t get to for one reason or another, we hear about the staff at Spectrum News in Los Angeles, who say they’ve been telling management they haven’t felt safe in the field way before the murder of Orlando reporter Dylan Lyons. We also see the usual churn of reporters and anchors coming and going at local stations.

The Wrap reports that multiple journalists at Spectrum News’ station in Los Angeles raised safety concerns to management long before the murder of Dylan Lyons (pictured). They also say they have not seen any real action to increase security. Click here to read about it.


Spectrum News 1 reporter Jaclyn Cangro is leaving the station after six years. She announced the move in a Facebook post to viewers on Monday. Click here for more.

Tegna has named Robert Dwyer president and general manager at KCEN KAGS, the NBC affiliates serving Temple, Waco, Killeen and Bryan-College Station in Central Texas, effective March 20. Dwyer will be responsible for overseeing the stations’ operations across all platforms, as well as leading community service efforts and driving results for advertisers. Click here to read the press release.

On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded to a series of shootings in Orlando that left three people dead, including a reporter and 9-year-old girl. “I can’t believe they let this guy…you have to hold people accountable,” said DeSantis. Click here to read the story.

Housotn Fox anchor Rashi Vats told viewers on social media that she is “officially anchoring the 5 pm & 9 pm newscasts weekdays on FOX 26!” She added that she is “honored to have this opportunity in my hometown, and I’m forever grateful for your support through the years!”  Click here to see the tweet.

Dallas reporter Malini Basu also announced some news saying she is “shifting gears! This was my last week at WFAA. I’m so grateful for my amazing coworkers, and my friends who helped me get to the legacy station. It’s been a great run, but I’m ready for this next adventure, outside of news.” Click here to se the tweet.

Kelly Avellino has joined WZTV in Nashville, Tenn. as an investigative reporter and weekend anchor. Click here to read about it.

KCCI anchor Steve Karlin is retiring after more than three decades. “I’ve been in the right place at the right time a lot my life,” he told viewers. “I am just so happy that the right place was KCCI-TV and the right time lasted for 34 years.” Click here to read about it.

Former WDIO weather man Ken Chapin passed away last week. The station wrote that Chapin began his career in radio, but after earning a degree moved into television doing the weather first at WSAU in Wausau, Wisconsin, then at WDIO. Click here to read more.

Retired KUSI anchor Allen Denton advised his former co-anchor Sandra Maas not to sue the San Diego station, calling it a bad move if “you’re planning on staying in the business.” The Times of San Diego reports Denton confirmed a text message he sent after reading a story she shared about her $10 million pay-equity suit. “Looks like you nailed it,” he wrote Maas in late June 2019. “They screwed you. … You deserve every single dollar.” Click here for more.