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POLL: What do you think Maria Stephanos will do next?

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After Maria Stephanos’ sudden departure from WFXT-TV FOX 25, many have been wondering what she will do next. She stated in her sign-off that she is “pursuing a new professional opportunity.”

What do you think she will do next? Take our poll below.

Maria Stephanos Leaving FOX 25 After 18 Years

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It’s the end of an era in Boston television.

After nearly 18 years with FOX25 News, Maria Stephanos has announced her plans to leave the station to pursue new professional endeavors. Her long career at FOX25 makes her one of Boston’s most experienced and enduring journalists. In her remarkable time at FOX25, Stephanos has provided local viewers thoughtful, incisive coverage of literally dozens of watershed events in local, and national news.

“I have decided it’s time for me to embark on a new adventure,” said Stephanos. “During my time at FOX25, I have covered so many amazing stories and events. Working alongside this talented group of journalists has been a privilege for me, every day. I will miss working with this extraordinary team, but I know FOX25 is in good hands and will continue to grow. I am beyond blessed, to deliver the news in the place where I grew up. New England viewers are savvy and smart and I love them for that. Thank you for making me part of your family.”

Her career started at FOX25 as a reporter in January of 1998. She was later promoted to the anchor desk, where she has been at the helm covering elections, conventions, blizzards, and even the Red Sox first World Series victory in 2004, along with countless other stories that have impacted New England. Stephanos was always there, her passion for bringing the stories that matter most to our viewers was obvious.

Perhaps most significantly, Stephanos’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings stood apart from other journalists. She was on the scene with her children, cheering for her husband as he was running the marathon. Within minutes of the explosions, Stephanos switched into reporting mode to provide her first-hand experience via telephone. Within an hour, and with her family safe, she was on the anchor desk, guiding FOX25’s coverage as a journalist, and a witness.

However, if you ask Stephanos, she will tell you her favorite stories were about New England’s most interesting and vivacious characters, whom she showcased in her Real People, Real Stories features. “I have had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing so many people who have had a huge impact on my life and my heart,” said Stephanos. Her unique interviews were a source of inspiration for millions of New Englanders.

“While I only had the pleasure to work with Maria for 11 months, I quickly learned her journalistic skill set, newsroom leadership and contributions to the daily editorial process, were second to none,” said FOX25 Vice President and General Manager Tom Raponi. “Her dedication went beyond journalism, volunteering countless hours of her time to make lasting contributions in her own communities.”

“In just the last year, we’ve had the privilege to work with Maria as she led extended coverage of the death of former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, the verdict and sentencing of the Marathon Bomber, the historic winter that included several blizzards and the Boston Olympics Debate hosted by FOX25,” said News Director Lee Rosenthal.  “Maria is one of the most engaging, passionate and talented journalists you will ever find, and we will miss all that she contributes on a daily basis to our newsroom.”

Stephanos and FOX25 also were great partners in developing the FOX25 Cares community initiative. She is a tireless supporter of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Action for Boston Community Development, The American Heart Association, Rosie’s Place, Relay for Life and The Make-A-Wish-Foundation.

“We will miss Maria’s infectious laugh and her desire to deliver the best local news coverage to the communities we serve,” added Raponi. “We thank her for her contributions and wish her well in all that she does in the future.”

Stephanos’ last day on FOX25 will be Friday, Sept. 11, anchoring FOX25 News at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.

WCVB Named Official Media Partner of Boston Medal of Honor Society Convention

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(Editor’s Note: The following information was submitted to Boston Media Watch by WCVB-TV. No endorsement intended.)

The Boston Convention Host Committee has announced WCVB Channel 5 as its Official Media Partner for the Congressional Medal Of Honor Society’s annual convention in Boston.

The CMOHS will hold its annual convention and Patriot Award Dinner in Boston for an unprecedented third time from September 15-20. Approximately 50 of the nation’s 79 living Medal of Honor Recipients will be in Boston for the event.

As Official Media Partner, WCVB will work with the Boston Host Committee to promote the visit to Boston by America’s most revered military heroes through media coverage, a Public Service Announcement and promotion of public events, including visits by Medal of Honor Recipients to Boston-area schools and the Massachusetts State House. WCVB EyeOpener anchor Randy Price, who began his television career with the American Forces Radio and Television Service as a member of the U.S. Air Force, will emcee the official welcome event on Wednesday, September 16 at the State House.  In addition, WCVB’s Phil Lipof  will serve as emcee of the dinner program on Friday, September 19 at the Seaport Hotel.  WCVB will also air an edition of its Chronicle program dedicated to the CMOHS’ visit to Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16.

“We are very pleased to have WCVB as our Official Media Partner,’’ said Tom Lyons, Chairman of the Boston Host Committee. “WCVB has a decades long reputation for broadcast and civic excellence and we are certain they will help us promote this unprecedented third convention in Boston by our nation’s Medal of Honor Recipients, who have a strong bond with Boston and its residents.’’

“Our support of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention is in keeping with our parent company Hearst’s corporate initiative in support of veterans,” said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager.  “The Medal of Honor Recipients have served our country with extraordinary bravery and valor and we are looking forward to working with the Host Committee to provide the due honor and recognition that these individuals so justly deserve.”

The Medal of Honor Recipients held their first Boston convention in October 2001 a month after postponing the event because of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Medal of Honor Society was the only organization to reschedule their Boston convention following 9/11.

The Medal of Honor Recipients returned to Boston in 2006 and were again welcomed warmly by the city. Their 2015 convention will mark the first time the Medal of Honor Recipients have held their convention three times in the same city.

The 2015 convention will culminate with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Patriot Award Dinner on Sept. 19 at the Seaport Hotel Boston where the Recipients will honor Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Bob Woodruff of ABC News and celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, for their commitment to our veterans and men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces.

For more information about 2015 Medal of Honor Society Convention please visit http://www.mohboston.com and Boston Medal of Honor Convention on Facebook.

Céline McArthur Promoted at NH1 News

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Céline McArthur has been promoted to weeknight 10pm anchor at WBIN-TV’s NH1 News in Concord, New Hampshire. Céline originally joined NH1 News as an investigative reporter in April before being promoted to anchor of the network’s weekend 10pm newscasts.

Céline announced the news on Facebook, saying, “Just anchored my final *weekend* show @ NH1 NEWS. Joining the anchor team on the BIG show: Weeknights at 10PM. Starting this week! Wow.”

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Céline joined NH1 from Jacksonville, Florida, where she most recently served as a Strategic Communications Consultant who designs strategic multimedia communication plans for entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators, and political leaders across the country.

From 2009 to 2012, Céline was the Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Previously, Céline was a News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at WJAX-TV (then WTEV-TV) CBS 47 and WFOX-TV (then WAWS-TV) FOX 30 in Jacksonville, Florida. She originally joined the station in 2000 as weekend evening anchor and investigative reporter, but left the station in 2004. She joined KVUE-TV, the ABC station in Austin, Texas as a Medical News Reporter.

Céline returned to CBS 47/FOX 30 in 2005 as the weekend evening anchor, and was promoted to morning and noon anchor in 2008. While at CBS 47/FOX 30, Céline won multiple awards, including the Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Justice.

Céline has also held news anchor positions at WBRE-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as at WICZ-TV FOX 40 in Binghamton, New York.

Céline graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism, and received her Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Public Policy from American University in Washington, DC.

Blair Miller Joining FOX 25 as Anchor/Reporter

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Blair Miller will be joining WFXT-TV FOX 25 News as an anchor/reporter in mid-September, the station tells Boston Media Watch.

Miller will co-anchor the weekend evening newscasts with Elizabeth Hopkins, and will serve as a general assignment reporter during the week.

“Blair is a terrific journalist with a strong commitment to the community where he lives and works,” said Tom Raponi, WFXT Vice President and General Manager.  “He has a keen ability to connect with the people in his stories and with the viewers.”

Blair comes to FOX 25 from Cox Media Group sister station WSOC-TV Eyewitness News in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has been an anchor and reporter for 13 years. He joined the station in June 2002 as a weekend evening anchor and reporter before being promoted to the weekday evening news desk in 2010.

“We are glad to have Blair expand his role in our company and provide strong investigative reports to the viewers in the Boston area,” said WSOC Television, Inc. Vice President and General Manager Joe Pomilla.

Miller was instrumental in WSOC-TV’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the Carolina Panthers play-off coverage, and numerous exclusive interviews.  He has received many honors for his reporting and anchoring, including two Emmy awards in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Miller was named Anchor of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.

Prior to working at WSOC, Blair worked as an anchor and reporter for WCBD-TV NBC 2 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Blair has covered a large amount of stories in the field for WSOC, including traveling to Virginia after the deadly Virginia Tech shootings and reporting from Houston when the Carolina Panthers appeared in the Super Bowl. Blair has also traveled the world reporting from Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Sarajevo, Bosnia.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Blair enjoys spending time with his family, including his two sons and two boxers, Buckeye and Laguna.

Blair is one of many personalities to join FOX 25 from sister station WSOC since Cox Media Group took over the station. Reporter Kathryn Burcham and Reporter Stephanie Coueignoux (who joins the station later this month) both worked at WSOC.

Mike Beaudet Leaving FOX 25 to Pursue Education Career

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Emmy award-winning journalist Mike Beaudet will be leaving WFXT-TV FOX 25 News in September to become a full-time journalism professor at Northeastern University right here in Boston. The announcement was made today by News Director Lee Rosenthal in an email to staff.

“Mike’s investigative reporting has had a lasting impact on New England viewers. His enterprise stories covered everything from organized crime to government waste and corruption,” said Rosenthal. “Those reports have gotten results and set the bar higher for quality investigations in the Boston television market.”

Mike thanked the viewers on Twitter earlier this afternoon. “Thank you to the viewers who let me tell their stories,” he said. “P.S. Don’t rest too easy bad guys, I’ll still do investigative journalism,” he added.

Mike has been with FOX 25 for 19 years, and was an original member of the station’s reporting team when WFXT launched newscasts in 1996. While at FOX 25, Mike has reported for the station’s investigative unit “Fox Undercover.” Recently, Mike began anchoring the Sunday evening broadcasts alongside Elizabeth Hopkins.

During his 19 years in Boston, Mike has received over 15 New England Emmy awards. His most recent award came in 2014 following a series of reports exposing government dysfunction. In 2011, Mike and his team were awarded an Associated Press Award as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigation they conducted into a state worker who ran marathons while claiming to be too injured to work. Mike and the FOX 25 investigative unit were awarded the Award of Excellence by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for their coverage of drunk driving and underage drinking issues.

Before joining FOX 25, Mike worked as an anchor/reporter for WMUR-TV News 9 in Manchester, New Hampshire for two years after working for WLBZ-TV NBC 2 in Bangor, Maine as an anchor/reporter for nearly a year and a half.

A Massachusetts native, Mike graduated from Emerson College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. In 2008, Mike received his Masters in Journalism from Northeastern.

Mike leaves FOX 25 in late September. Best wishes to him as he embarks on his new adventure.

Jadiann Thompson Joining 7News as Weekend Evening Anchor

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Jadiann Thompson will be joining WHDH-TV 7News as an anchor and reporter. She will co-anchor the weekend evening newscasts with Nick Emmons, who recently swapped positions with Ryan Schulties. Schulties now co-anchors the weekday 4pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm newscasts with Elizabeth Noreika.

Jadiann announced the news on her Facebook page. “This is my last week with 41 Action News – KSHB-TV,” she said. “Soon a new chapter will start in my life. I’m moving to Boston to be the weekend evening anchor at WHDH Channel 7 News.” Jadiann also thanked the viewers in her post. “I will miss each and every one of you and thank you for your support, your stories and your constructive criticism. As my career grows, I will still be on Facebook and Twitter and hope we can stay in touch,” she said. “Thank you Kansas City for the last two years.”

Jadiann comes to Boston from KSHB-TV 41 Action News in Kansas City, Missouri, where she anchored the weekday 6pm newscast and reported for other newscasts. While in Missouri, Jadiann has reported on tornadoes, the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, and even a local contestant who was chosen to be on The Voice on NBC. Jadiann has won numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards. Two of those Emmy Awards were earned in Kansas City. In 2014, she was awarded Best Anchor and received an award on her reporting about loosening the restriction on cell phone usage in airplanes. 

Prior to working in Kansas City, Jadiann worked as a Multimedia Journalist and Fill-in anchor at KPHO-TV, the CBS-affiliated station in Phoenix, Arizona. Jadiann covered many stories in Phoenix, including the Jodi Arias trial and the Wallow Fire, the largest wild fire in Arizona’s history.

Jadiann’s on-air career began at KTWO-TV, the ABC-affiliated station in Casper, Wyoming. She started off as a crime reporter, and was promoted to Main Anchor and Executive Producer of the weekday evening newscasts at 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm. She also served as assistant news director.

Jadiann, a Northwest Arkansas native, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. She begins at WHDH in June.