Here’s the Roundup for the Week Ending May 3

By Kevin Eck 

Happy Friday to all who celebrate and may the fourth be with you tomorrow.

In this week’s edition of stories we didn’t get to for one reason or another, we see the typical churn and burn in local TV, but we also see a story about a Tulsa reporter who found a woman just after she was shot, while our good friend over at FTVLive has more on the Allen Media layoffs.

With apologies to Yoda, let’s do since there is no try:

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Diana Gutiérrez will be the new co-anchor of  Milwaukee’s ‘WISN 12 News at 6:00 p.m.,’ effective June 3, 2024. She joins co-anchor Patrick Paolantonio, chief meteorologist Mark Baden, and sports director Dario Melendez on the weekday evening newscast. In addition to this new role, Gutiérrez continues to serve as co-anchor of ‘WISN 12 News at 10:00 p.m.’ Click here for more.

Burlington, Vermont’s WPTZ said that Liz Strzepa has officially been named the station’s new main co-anchor. Strzepa, who has worked at NBC5 for nearly a decade, will be sharing the anchor desk on weeknights with Brian Colleran at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. Click here for more.

Tulsa’s Fox23 Crime and Safety Reporter John Asebes lives nearby the scene of a shooting that happened this week. He said he woke up to five gunshots, ran outside and saw the victim. A suspect has been arrested (pictured). Asebes said the shooting was gut-wrenching and one of the hardest things he’s seen in his life. Click here for more.

More reports are coming in about the massacre by Allen Media. Word is at their Southern Illinois station, WSIL, they are cutting the weekend morning show and is on a hiring freeze. Click here for more from FTVLive.

Also, see this from the Hollywood Reporter, who were told “Allen Media Group is making strategic changes to better position the company for growth that will result in expense and workforce reductions across all divisions of the company,” a rep for Allen Media told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. No detail was disclosed on the size of the workforce reduction. Click here.

Donal Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, ended an interview with Fox 2 Detroit anchor Roop Raj after Raj, who did what reporters are supposed to do, asked him a follow up question.

Trump told Raj, “One stat before we go. Venezuela was very crime-ridden. They announced the other day 72% reduction in crime in the last year. You know why? They moved all their criminals from Venezuela right into the good old U.S.A. and [President Joe] Biden let them do it. It’s a disgrace.”

Raj followed up by asking Trump, “But sir, where are those numbers coming from?”

“Uhhh, I guess I get them from the papers in this case,” said Trump. “I think it’s a federal statement or, well, they’re coming actually from Venezuela. They’re coming from Venezuela.”

“We’ll have to check on that,” said Raj, whose full interview with Trump will air Thursday. Click here for more.

WWNY in Watertown, N.Y. is saying goodbye to reporter Sean Brynda. Click here for more.

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