E.W. Scripps Company has begun shuffling the deck chairs at its recently acquired Milwaukee NBC afiliate WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), and a number of on-air people are among the key departures.
— Sportscaster Jessie Garcia, a Madison native who joined the station in 1994 and is author of “My Life with the Green and Gold.” Her husband is a photographer at the station;
—Meteorologist Michael Fish, a Fond du Lac native who got his master’s degree in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He worked at the station part time.
—Reporter Lacey Crisp, a South Dakota native who attended the University of Minnesota and joined the station in 2011. She also worked at the Journal Broadcast Group station in Green Bay. Her husband is a Fond du Lac native.
Maybe that’s TV news or computer coding jargon, but the dictionary definitions I found for it were pretty harsh.
They are familiar faces that are the tip of the iceberg. Scripps took over the former Journal Broadcast Group station in April.
Behind the scenes departures include:
—Stephanie Graham, I-Team and special projects producer and “Jill of all trades”;
—Photojournalist/producer Tim Meulemans, an 18-year veteran, also behind the I-Team reports;
—Assignment manager Amy Jahns, who coordinated newsroom operations including reporter and photojournalist assignments. In April Jahns became a media relations specialist at WE Energies;
—And 10 p.m. newscast producer Kirstin Skurka. After the station’s fourth place finish in the February sweeps, she turned down an executive producer position and in March joined WLS-TV in Chicago.
WTMJ still hasn’t named an anchor or plans for the 10 p.m. newscast to replace Mike Jacobs. The in-house competition appears to be between Steve Chamraz and Charles Benson.
WTMJ also reportedly plans to add multiple MMJs, or usually young multi-media journalists who report, shoot, write and edit their stories, as opposed to reporters traveling with a photographer.
WITI and WDJT use MMJs, also known as one man bands, but to this point WTMJ and WISN reportedly had none.
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