Okay, so it wasn’t as much of a photo finish as this representation would have you believe.
But Memphis, Tenn., CBS affiliate WREG can easily claim ratings supremacy for the May ratings period.
Sabrina Hall, former weekday anchor and reporter at Madison, Wis., station WKOW-TV, has accepted a reporting job at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn.
Hall started last month at the CBS affiliate.
Texas native Michele Reese has been hired by WREG-TV, the CBS affiliate for the Memphis, Tenn., market, where she’ll serve as a reporter.
According to her biography on the WREG website, Reese had previously worked at KYTX in Tyler, Texas as the 5 p.m. anchor and investigative reporter.
Motivations run aplenty in the television journalism world. Some want to be part of history; others want to make their own.
Still others find themselves in the middle of situations that escalate beyond their control. Such is the case of former television news photographer Shelton Robinson, who at the time worked for WREC-TV (now WREG). In a recent issue of the Tri-State Defender, he recalls a painful encounter while filming a sanitation workers’ strike:
I was using a Bell & Howell, 16mm hand camera powered by a wind-up spring. When all hell broke loose, I was filming the two groups of people, marchers and those charged with upholding the law, in a bloody fight with neither side ceding ground. One particular conflict was happening right in front of me so I swung my camera in that direction. This involved four police officers whaling on one marcher who was shielding his head with his hands. Off to my right an officer named Wilkinson was being led to an ambulance, blood streaming down the side of his face. When I turned my camera back towards the first melee, a Shelby County sheriff’s deputy was passing in front of me and I noticed his nametag had a strip of black tape over it, blocking his name and his face visor was pulled down.
We’re more than halfway through our journey of states featured on South TV News, and Tennessee has a lot to offer within its borders (much more than being Al Gore’s home state).
(Above updated February 15, 2012)
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