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Jack Williams Retiring From WBZ After 40 Years

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After forty years working for WBZ-TV 4 in Boston, Jack Williams has officially made the decision to retire from the station. Jack stopped anchoring the 6pm newscasts in August 2014, but stayed with the station to continue his “Wednesday’s Child” series.

“After 39 wonderful years, I’ve decided to step away from the anchor desk, but I’m absolutely not leaving WBZ-TV News,” said Williams at the time. “Even though I won’t be a nightly anchor, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to continue my ‘Wednesday’s Child’ reports, substitute anchor when need be, and still be a part of WBZ-TV’s signature events and specials. It’s great to have the opportunity to focus on ‘Wednesday’s Child’ and continue to be a member of the WBZ family.”

Jack wasn’t always a news anchor. He started off as a radio DJ back in 1959. When a news anchor left, Jack took the role and “never looked back.” Jack joined WBZ in 1975.

“I came during the first year of bussing, which as an explosion of parochialism. People didn’t want change. People didn’t want any change. It was more than just racial,” Jack said.

Anchoring the news wasn’t Jack’s only role at Channel 4. In addition to hosting WBZ’s signature events and specials such as the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, a big part of his career included his Wednesday’s Child reports, which highlighted a special needs child in need of a home. Since Jack started the series in 1981, over 700 children have been placed into new homes.

In his 40 years at WBZ, Jack has covered numerous major news stories, from the Blizzard of 1978 to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for the two suspects.

Jack has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Jack earned a 2014 Columbia duPont Award and a 2013 Peabody Award, both as part of WBZ’s coverage of the Marathon Bombings. Jack was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association in 2012, and also received the prestigious Yankee Quill Award that same year. The Yankee Quill Award is considered to be the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in the region.

All this week leading up to Jack’s final show on Thursday night, WBZ will be celebrating Jack’s career. Jack’s colleague, Lisa Hughes, told Chuck Nolan on 100.7 WZLX yesterday afternoon that viewers could see Jack on the anchor desk this week.

Thank you Jack for all you have done for the City of Boston in your 40 years as a journalist here. We wish you the best in your next endeavors.

Liam Martin Joins WBZ as News Anchor

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Liam Martin will be joining WBZ-TV 4 as a news anchor. Martin will co-anchor the 10pm newscast on sister station myTV38 with Paula Ebben from Monday through Thursday as well as the Sunday 6:30pm and 11pm newscasts with Kate Merrill. Martin will also report for WBZ’s early evening and 11pm newscasts from Monday-Thursday. The move was announced today by WBZ-TV News Director Gary LaPlante.

“We are excited to add one of the best reporters in Boston- and another Massachusetts native to our team of anchors,” LaPlante said, “Liam has excelled covering big stories – and we look forward to his contributions both as an anchor and reporter.”

Liam says he is thrilled to join the WBZ team.  “I grew up watching WBZ, and I’m now incredibly honored to join one of the more storied local news organizations in the country,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

Liam joins WBZ from cross-town rival WCVB-TV, where he was a general assignment reporter. He’s covered a variety of stories at the station, including the Boston Olympic bid, the Market Basket saga, and the Aaron Hernandez murder trial.

Prior to moving to the Boston area, Liam worked at WILX-TV NBC 10 in Lansing, Michigan. Liam says he’s done almost every job at WILX, including weekend evening anchor and senior reporter, weekend morning anchor, weekday morning anchor, weekday evening anchor, live storm chaser/reporter, sports anchor, and sports reporter. While working in Michigan, Liam was named Best Reporter of 2012 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He was also awared Best Investigative Story in 2011 and Best Feature Story in 2012.

Liam’s journalism career started in 2008 when he joined the New England Sports Network (NESN), where he was a Celtics columnist for Liam joined WILX-TV in June 2009 and continued to work for until leaving both jobs to join WCVB in June 2012.

Liam graduated from Harvard University in Cambridge in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and certifications in Spanish and French. During college, Liam served as a Summer Analyst for the CIA, and was awarded for his analytic work while working there. Liam also attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and graduated at the top of his class in 2009 with a Masters in Journalism.

A Cohasset native, Liam begins anchoring at WBZ on Monday, June 1st.

Chris McKinnon Promoted to Morning and Noon Anchor at WBZ

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Chris McKinnon has been promoted to an anchor at WBZ-TV CBS 4. He will anchor the station’s morning newscast WBZ This Morning as well as the noon newscast with current anchor Kathryn Hauser. McKinnon’s promotion was announced this morning by Gary LaPlante, News Director of WBZ and sister station myTV 38.

wbz this morning“We are thrilled that Chris will be assuming the role as the co-anchor of WBZ This Morning with Kathryn Hauser,” LaPlante said in a statement. “His warm personality and local knowledge, having grown up in the greater Boston area, make him a perfect fit for the morning news audience.”

After Boston Media Watch first reported the news this morning on Twitter, Chris tweeted, “It’s a dream come true to work in my hometown and I’m honored to join @KHauserWBZ on the desk for #WBZThisMorning and the #WBZ News at Noon!”

Kathryn Hauser has been the sole anchor of the morning and noon broadcasts since she joined the CBS owned station in August. The second anchor position has been vacant since David Wade was moved to evenings in August of last year.

Chris joined WBZ in September as a freelance reporter, and was promoted to a full-time morning reporter in November. Prior to working in Boston, Chris served as a reporter for KWTV News 9, the CBS affilliated station in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Before working in Oklahoma, Chris was an anchor and reporter for KREX-TV CBS 5 in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Chris attended college at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science in 2009. While in college, Chris worked at USC’s Annenberg TV News, where he worked in a variety of roles including anchor, producer, writer, photographer, and editor. Chris also interned at Sirius XM radio as a Web and Video Intern.

Chris is a Melrose native and currently resides in Boston. His promotion is effective immediately.

Jonathan Elias Leaving WBZ for DC

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WBZ-TV anchor Jonathan Elias announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he is leaving the station to join WJLA-TV ABC 7 in Washington, D.C. The Herald reports Elias will be the station’s main evening news anchor.

Jonathan joined WBZ-TV in 2007, and has covered countless stories since then. In 2012, he field anchored for the station from Newtown, Connecticut on the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Jonathan was also at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013 when two bombs exploded, starting off a week of news coverage that Jonathan says he will never forget. WBZ-TV was honored for coverage of that event with an Alfred I. duPont Award as well as a George Foster Peabody Award.

Jonathan came to Boston from KNXV-TV ABC 15 in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was the station’s lead anchor for five years. While working in Phoenix, Jonathan’s investigative work won him a Peabody award, an Emmy award, a National Headliner Award, and an Investigative Reporters and Editors certificate. Jonathan also created the “Welcome Home Project” to honor and recognize returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before moving to Phoenix, Jonathan was the main news anchor at KCBS-TV 2 in Los Angeles, California. While working in Los Angeles, Jonathan was awarded a Golden Mike award for his coverage of the Jewish Day Care Center shooting. Jonathan also anchored coverage of the crash of Alaskan Airlines flight 261, and spent a great deal of time helping charities with fundraisers.

Jonathan’s first anchor gig was at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he anchored the 5PM news and reported for the 10PM news. Jonathan traveled across the country to report on the Oklahoma City bombing, the crash of TWA Flight 800, and the OJ Simpson murder trial. Jonathan was part of a Peabody award-winning team, and won Emmy awards for his work in Minneapolis.

Prior to becoming an anchor, Jonathan had reporting gigs at KOVR-TV in Sacramento, California, and at WBRC-TV in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jonathan graduated from California State University-Northridge with a BA in History. According to his bio on WBZ’s website, Jonathan met his wife when they were both five years old. Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, weightlifting, and rock-climbing.

While there is no exact date on when Jonathan leaves WBZ, he starts at WJLA in June.

Flooding Forces WBZ Crew to Call For Help

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The wrath of the Blizzard of 2015 proved to be dangerous for one WBZ-TV 4 crew covering the storm.

Channel 4 Reporter Chris McKinnon and a photographer were stationed in Scituate, Massachusetts yesterday. However, around 11:00AM, things got dangerous, so they called Scituate Town Hall for help.

bz chrisLorraine Devin, assistant to the selectmen and town administrator, answered their call.

“There was water surrounding the truck that was not receding,” said Devin, who noted that high tide was approaching shortly before 5 p.m.

“They didn’t want a bad situation to become worse or a danger to rescue personnel,” Devin said. “They needed some help to get out of there,” she told The Boston Herald.

Devin instructed the crew to call 911, but they said that they were not comfortable making the call. Devin called for them.

The first attempt to reach McKinnon and his photographer was unsuccessful after they gave firefighters the wrong location. They corrected themselves, and a second rescue crew was sent to their location on Oceanside Drive. The crew was safely rescued, but left their news truck behind.

“They had to be evacuated,” said Scituate fire Captain Mark Donovan. “They weren’t in any danger.”

Ro Dooley Webster, spokeswoman for CBS Boston, said power lines and water had blocked their exit route. “Because of the uncertain conditions, they wanted to be safe,” she said.

McKinnon didn’t respond to the actual situation on Twitter, only saying, “Situation along the coast of Scituate right now is dangerous. No power and poor cell reception. Waves crashing over Oceanside (Drive).”

Ryan Kath Joining WBZ as Investigative Reporter

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Emmy-award winning reporter Ryan Kath will be joining WBZ-TV in March as an investigative reporter for the station’s I-Team, according to The Kansas City Star.

Ryan comes to Boston from KSHB-TV 41 Action News in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has recently been an investigative reporter for the station. Ryan’s investigative work has earned him more than a dozen Emmy awards in the past four years, and recognition from the Kansas and Missouri Broadcaster’s Associations, the Kansas City Press Club and RTDNA’s Edward R. Murrow awards.

ryan bzRyan has been honored for investigations that uncovered a real estate fraud scheme involving forged signatures of dead people, exposed a questionable multi-million dollar school district contact, tracked down the top parking offenders in Kansas City, Missouri, and reunited families with cremated remains that were discovered in an abandoned funeral home.

While working at KSHB, Ryan and the rest of the 41 Action News investigative unit won a prestigious duPont Award from Columbia University for their investigation of the 2013 explosion of JJ’s Restaurant. Going to New York to accept a duPont (along with the likes of NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’ Scott Pelley) “was a night we will never forget,” Kath told The Kansas City Star.

Before being promoted to investigative reporter in 2010, Ryan served as a multimedia journalist for KSHB’s evening newscasts after joining the station in 2006 as a MMJ for the station’s morning newscast.

Ryan joined KSHB-TV from KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minnesota, where he was a reporter and fill-in anchor for two years.

Before making the move to television news, Ryan was a reporter for the South Washington County Bulletin newspaper in Minnesota, where he wrote stories, covered games and arranged page layout for the paper’s sports section. Ryan started his career as a Copy Aide for the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2002.

Having graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2002, Kath return to college at Boston University where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2004. Ryan’s return to Boston means a return to the place where he met his wife. Ryan and his wife now have two young daughters and a mutt.

Ryan is an avid sports fan, and he’ll root for the Royals and Chiefs (just as long as they aren’t playing the Twins or Vikings).

On the weekends, you’ll see him chasing down his professional soccer aspirations in the washed-up adult league, desperately hoping to catch the eye of a Sporting KC scout.

Ryan strives to expose corruption, hold public officials accountable and question how your taxpayer money is spent. His goal is to tell stories that change government policies and make a difference in the community.

Ryan joins the WBZ I-Team in March.

Reporter Susie Steimle Joining WBZ

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Susie Steimle will be joining WBZ-TV 4 as a reporter for the station’s morning news. Susie most recently served as an anchor/reporter for Providence NBC-affiliate WJAR-TV 10.

Susie announced the news on her Facebook page, saying, “It’s hard to believe this is my last night working for NBC10. For those of you who haven’t heard I’m thrilled to be accepting a position reporting for WBZ iwbz-logo-300x300n Boston!”

Susie joins WBZ-TV from WJAR-TV in Providence, where she has worked since January of 2013. She joined the station as a reporter for the station’s morning and noon newscasts. In November of 2014, Susie was promoted to weekend evening anchor, and was also assigned reporting duties during the week.

Before moving to Providence, Susie was a political reporter and fill-in anchor for CBS-affiliate WCAX-TV 3 in Burlington, Vermont. She joined WCAX in February 2011. While working at WCAX, Susie was selected to cover the New Hampshire presidential primary of 2012 at CBS Headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire. Susie also covered Tropical Storm Irene when the storm hit the Southern Vermont area in August 2011.

Susie took a break from television reporting in October 2010, and served as an Account Coordinator at Matter Communications, a public relations agency covering the Boston area, until returning to television reporting at WCAX in February 2011.

Susie started her on-air television career at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri as a reporter, anchor, and producer. Susie began her career as a general assignment reporter for KBIA, the NPR radio station in Columbia, Missouri. While in college, Susie was an intern for WWMT in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Susie is a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. She begins her new position at WBZ-TV later this month.



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