GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Citing a growth in morning viewers, online visitors and socialnetworking connections, WOOD TV8 is addressing changes to itsmorning news by announcing a series of new initiatives focused ondelivering the best information in a multi-platform world.
Beginning in January, there will be some changes to the morningline-up. Daybreak co-anchor, Jennifer Moss, has recently chosen to pursue otherinterests after declining a contract offer from WOOD-TV. Moss willremain on the air through Thursday, December 17, 2009. Jennifer hasserved West Michigan viewers with professionalism and respect. Shehas also served the community by giving generously of her time andtalent through her volunteer efforts. Her work – both on airand in the community – has been recognized by multiple mediaand service organizations. We wish her the very best in her futureendeavors.
Weekend anchor, Emily Linnert, will join Brett Thomas to co-anchor 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak and Noon starting in January.Linnert has very quickly found a way to connect with viewers andhas expanded her duties in the newsroom to include reporting,producing and writing for the web in her time on the weekend anchordesk.
Current sports anchor, Larry Figurski, will move back into the newsroomas weekend evening 6/10/11 anchor starting January 3. He’llcontinue to report for 24 Hour News 8’s sports departmentthree days a week. Previously, Larry anchored Weekend Daybreakbefore returning full-time to the sports department. The sameexperience, organization and professionalism that make Larry agreat member of our sports team will also now once again add to ournews department.
As the region’s number one source for morning news, WOODTV8 continues to look for ways to reach new viewers on television,the Internet, cell phones and social networks. 24 Hour News 8recently announced hiring a new multi-platform reporter, Dani Carlson. Carlson worked at KMPH in Fresno,California before teaching multi-media courses at NorthwesternUniversity.
WOOD-TV also recently hired Rob Bliss , known for his social media eventsin West Michigan. Bliss’ expertise in social networking willbe applied throughout the station as WOOD-TV looks to serve thegrowing number of viewers who obtain their information throughFacebook, Twitter and other developing platforms.
“When I see what’s happened in the last severalyears to change the way people consume news, we need to continue tore-evaluate what we do and employ new and innovative ways to serveWest Michigan,” WOOD TV8 News Director Rebecca Sapakie said.
WOOD TV8 continues to lead the region in myriad ways, but thestation remains vigilant in its quest to seek out the best, mostcutting-edge tools for delivering news content. “We neverstop looking for ways to improve our news content and methods ofdissemination,” WOOD TV8 President and General Manager DianeKniowski said. “We will continue to recruit the besttalent and find new and exciting ways to get people their news inthe format they prefer while remaining the leader in the mostup-to-the minute, accurate, news and weather” Kniowskisaid.
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