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Jeff Stoecker Joins WCVB as Freelance Reporter

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Jeff Stoecker has joined ABC affiliate WCVB-TV as a freelance reporter, Boston Media Watch first reported on Tuesday evening.

Jeff comes to Boston from WVIT-TV NBC Connecticut in Hartford where he served as a weekend evening anchor and investigative reporter for the “Troubleshooters” franchise for 6 years.

Jeff left the NBC owned station earlier this year after multiple conversations with management. “I had conversations with management as far back as last summer where I told them I wasn’t interested in staying in my current position. There are no surprises here,” he said at the time. He also stated he left the station to “pursue new opportunities.”

Before working in Hartford, Jeff was a reporter at WTEN-TV, the ABC affiliated station in Albany, New York for 3 years.

Jeff has also served as a reporter for KGWN-TV CBS 5 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and for WUTR-TV, the ABC affiliated station in Utica, New York.

Jeff graduated from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications.

Jeff’s first day at WCVB was yesterday. You can watch his first report below.

June 2015 Ratings Results

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The June ratings period ended on Wednesday, and the results are here! How did your favorite Boston station do this month?

Mornings: The morning news race was one again dominated by WCVB & WFXT, with WFXT winning at 4am and 4:30am. The station also narrowly beat Good Morning America in the 7-9am timeslot, achieving a score that was 0.07 points ahead of GMA. WCVB’s EyeOpener achieved the highest ratings at 5am and 6am, with the 6am hour having the highest rating out of any newscast in the A25-54 demographic. WHDH & WBZ finished in 3rd and 4th place overall respectively.

Noon: The noon newscast was also an extremely close race. WCVB & WHDH finished with a 0.9, but WCVB’s score was 0.07 points ahead of WHDH’s. WBZ finished with a 0.4 rating.

Evenings: WCVB continued its dominance during the early evening newscats, achieving a 1.6 rating at 5pm. WHDH followed with a 1.3, followed by WBZ with a 0.8 and WFXT with a 0.6. WCVB received the highest ratings at 6pm with a 2.3, followed by WHDH with a 1.3, WFXT with a 1.1, and WBZ with a 0.9.

Late News: WFXT had the highest rated newscasts in the late news category. In the Monday-Friday late news category, WFXT’s 10pm newscast finished first with a 2.1 rating, followed by WFXT’s 11pm newscast with a 1.9, WHDH’s 11pm newscast with a 1.8, WCVB’s 11pm newscast with a 1.5, WBZ’s 11pm newscast with a 0.6, WHDH’s 10pm newscast on WLVI with a 0.6, and WBZ’s 10pm newscast on WSBK with a 0.4. WFXT lead at 11pm, followed by WHDH, WCVB, and WBZ respectively.

WCVB achieved the highest ratings across every newscast in the Household and Total Viewers categories.

Below, view the press releases from WCVB and WFXT.

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WCVB Press Release

WFXT Press Release

WCVB Launches Public Service Campaign Focused on Opioid Crisis in Massachusetts

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Recent studies by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston, in conjunction with various health care agencies, have determined that opioid use and addiction in Massachusetts have become an epidemic impacting every community and killing as many as 1,000 people in Massachusetts last year alone.  In an effort to expose this crisis and provide critical resource information, WCVB is launching a 13-week, multi-pronged public service campaign beginning Wednesday, June 17 with day-long, dedicated coverage entitled “5 On: Opioid Crisis.”

WCVB’s comprehensive community affairs initiative will include feature news reports, a series of public service announcements, digital media coverage and resources, community outreach, and special public affairs programming.

“Opioid addiction in the state has reached crisis proportions, and we want to educate our community of the seriousness and scope of this epidemic, how they can identify opioid use by family or friends, and what resources are available to those who need help,” said Bill Fine, WCVB President and General Manager.  “By dedicating all of WCVB’s multi-platform resources to this public affairs campaign, we hope to curb addiction in the Commonwealth and help save lives.”

Beginning with NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener at 4:30AM continuing through Chronicle at 7:30PM, WCVB will focus on opioid addiction, its devastating effects, and what can be done to save lives with day-long coverage entitled “5 On: Opioid Crisis.”  NewsCenter 5 topics include the path to addiction, often starting with prescription painkillers; seeking help and why for so many it is difficult to find or get effective treatment in the state of Massachusetts; the difficulties faced on the road to recovery; and new plans in the state to improve treatment and make it more accessible in an effort to prevent the number of those overdosing.

In addition to the day-long news coverage, Wednesday’s Chronicle (7:30-8 PM) will focus on opioid addiction by putting a human face on the growing epidemic and will travel to local communities where drug abuse is taking a tragic toll.  The Chronicle team meets a twenty one year old girl from a Boston suburb whose high school drinking progressed to prescription drug abuse and then heroin.  Also featured is the story of a high school athlete whose sports injury led him to a fatal drug habit, an innovative recovery program inside the Middlesex House of Corrections, and a unique drug court that is a last chance lifesaver for many desperate people.  In addition, the Chronicle team talks with members of Governor Charlie Baker’s task force to learn how state and local officials are searching for solutions to the crisis.

Promo for “5 On: Opioid Crisis:”  http://www.wcvb.com/5-on-opioid-crisis/33529960

In the coming weeks, WCVB will continue special news reports and digital media coverage (http://www.wcvb.com/health/opioids/33100632) as well as launch new public service announcements.  On The Record (WCVB’s political roundtable airing Sundays at 11 AM featuring timely and provocative discussions with local newsmakers) will welcome Senate President Stan Rosenberg on Sunday, June 21 to discuss opioids among other topics, followed by Attorney General Maura Healey on June 28 who will also discuss the opioid epidemic.  CityLine, WCVB’s award-winning urban news and feature magazine program airing Sundays at 12N, addressed the opioid crisis in Massachusetts this past Sunday with Dimock Center CEO Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan who discussed the center’s efforts to come up with new solutions to combat the reoccurring trend of Heroin overdose deaths — a dilemma that has urged Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, to declare a state of emergency.  CityLine will continue to examine the topic on upcoming programs.

The above information was submitted to BMW from WCVB-TV.

Image Credit: WCVB-TV

Erika Tarantal Returning To WCVB on June 18th

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WCVB-TV Anchor/Reporter Erika Tarantal will be returning to the station from maternity leave next Thursday, June 18th. She has been on maternity leave since giving birth to a baby girl, Grace, in late March.

Erika recently took part in the Kelley for Ellie Fashion Show event in Boston on Monday night, a fundraiser to raise money for the Ellie Fund. Former WCVB anchor Susan Wornick started the event nine years ago to honor Kelley Tuthill, a WCVB reporter who is also a breast cancer survivor.

Erika joined WCVB in February 2014. She anchors the noon newscasts alongside Emily Riemer, and reports during the station’s EyeOpener newscast.

Tarantal previously worked at WNBC in New York, WVIT in Hartford, and at News 12 the Bronx. Erika started her broadcasting career at WHDH in Boston where she was a production assistant.

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 NESN.com. Liam joined WILX-TV in June 2009 and continued to work for NESN.com 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.