- Katie Horner is back in KC…and is a plumber? (h/t TKC) (Katie’s ASAP Plumbing)
- A new social media option for KC residents: NextDoor. (I wrote about NextDoor’s entrance into Chicago; its CEO is having some legal troubles) (NE News)
- 6News Lawrence’s “Not So Late Show” host Mike Anderson looks to set a world record for longest marathon talk show: 66 hours.
Now Bullers’ advocacy has led the city of Merrian to adopt a new sign for handicapped-accessible areas, he said Tuesday.
Bullers, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, said the new design is “lively, engaged. — and by extension – a life-affirming symbol of independence for one in five Americans with a disability.”
A new afternoon news program on KSHB focuses on audience engagement and trending topics. The Now KC debuted Monday, and fills the 4 p.m. slot
The Now KC, hosted by Nebraska transplant Deb Tuff, ” features news and information but is not a newscast. Viewers will engage, share and interact constantly throughout the hour-long program. The show includes a mix of local, national and international news, viral videos, and entertainment and lifestyle stories,” according to parent company Scripps.
A similar program launched in Denver, and other stations will soon join their ranks.
Tuff joins KSHB by way of Omaha and Lincoln. She’s joined on The Now KC by Jamie Peters, Lindsay Shively, Kat Boutwell and Andy Ryan.
— The Now KC (@TheNowKC) July 14, 2014
Mike McGraw, who retired from The Star last month, has a new gig at KCPT’s new Hale Center for Journalism. McGraw, a Pulitzer Prize winner, will lead the center’s investigative efforts, and focus on stories involving agribusiness and government.
The AP’s Kansas statehouse correspondent John Milburn is trading his press badge for a Brownback pin.
The 13-year AP vet, and former Lawrence Journal-World reporter, will be the governor’s campaign spokesman, the Wichita Eagle reports.
“I look forward to sharing the achievements of the Brownback administration with all Kansans,” the Lawrence resident said.
Mark Dugan, Brownback’s campaign manager, is also happy: “I am pleased to welcome John to the team . His experience and understanding of what matters to Kansans makes him an excellent choice to join the Brownback team.”
- The Star’s Eric Adler, Dugan Arnett, Steve Paul and Jennifer Hack are recognized by the Society for Features Journalism.
- A source tells me Arnett is staying with The Star, after originally taking a job with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- KCTV has hired meteorologist Jim Kosek, previously of KTVX in Salt Lake City, to replace Tom Wachs. (KCradio.tripod.com)
- Michael Mackie is leaving KSHB’s Kansas City Live talk show. (TKC)
The station announced today anchor Mark Clegg is departing Kansas City to take a job doing PR for a Houston real estate development firm, Hines.
“It took a remarkable opportunity to get me to leave the anchor desk and Kansas City. Joining Hines allows me to take my media skills in a whole new direction. It’s also a great opportunity to be closer to family in Texas. But I will sincerely miss my Kansas City family – both at 41 Action News and our viewers, whose trust and friendship I have cherished for these past 12 years,” said Clegg, a Texan who joined KSHB in 2002.
His last broadcast will be July 23.
The Star has more on Clegg’s departure.
Meteorologist Michelle Apon, who joined the station last year from Oklahoma, is also leaving, according to kcradio.tripod.com.
She’ll join her fiance, KMBC executive producer Derek Schnell, in Sacramento.