TV3 alumni club: where they are now

It’s a fact of life that in a small television market like ours, turnover is generally rapid. We might get used to a particular news anchor or weather person, who then moves on to another job. If you don’t happen to be watching on that person’s last day on the job, you might never hear anything more. So, for all the TV 3 fans in the area, www.bridgewaterva.com is keeping this listing. If you know where some of your favorite TV 3 alumni went, please send e-mail and I’ll add them to this listing.

Here’s the current list:

  • Dave Byknish, news: social media producer at KXAN in Austin, TX.
  • Melanie Lofton, anchor: reporter at KEYE-TV in Austin, TX.
  • J. J. Davis, sports director and anchor: now Sports Director at CBTV-17, Council Bluffs, IA.
  • Brendan Ponton, reporter: reporter at WTKR-TV, Hampton Roads, VA.
  • Kirk Clyatt, meteorologist: meteorologist for WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Carly Stephenson, news: reporter with Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte, NC.
  • Litsa Pappas, news: reporter with Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte, NC.
  • Mallory Brooke, weather: weekend meteorologist at WMTW-TV, Portland, ME.
  • Josh Knight, weather: meteorologist, WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Janelle Lilley, news: reporter, KATV-TV, Little Rock, AR.
  • Yuna Lee, anchor: morning anchor and reporter, KHBS-KHOG 40/29, Ft. Smith-Fayetteville, AR.
  • Jazmin Bailey, news: morning traffic reporter, WESH-2, Orlando, FL.
  • Gloria Balding, anchor: reporter/anchor at KAKE-TV, Wichita, KS.
  • Jamie Curott, anchor at WCAV-CBS19 in Charlottesville, VA, using the on-air name Madeline Curott.

  • Alyson Bruner, weekday anchor and reporter: anchor and reporter at KSHB in Kansas City
  • Keith Jones, morning anchor: Weekday Morning Anchor at NBC10 in Philadelphia, after a time at WTAE-Pittsburgh
  • Val Thompson, news anchor: Stay-at-home dad to his 2 girls and working a little at ABC4 in Salt Lake City, helping to produce the 10 p.m. newscast and doing some reporting.
  • J.J. Davis, sports: Back at TV3 after a time as Sports Director at KPTM Fox-42, Omaha and  WSLS-10, Roanoke
  • Meg Gatto, news Reporter for WGNO, Channel 26, ABC affiliate in New Orleans, LA
  • Jamie Curott, news anchor: Penn State Outreach News and Communications, after a time as news reporter at WJAC TV-6 in Johnstown, PA
  • Melissa Tune, news: Augusta, GA at the CBS affiliate, WRDW-TV, after Army Reserves and Pentagon duty; previously reporter/anchor WWBT NBC12, Richmond
  • Megan Bennett, weather: Senior Meteorolgist at WVLT in Knoxville, TN, after a time in weather and environmental reporting at KEYE (CBS 42) in Austin, TX (she now goes by Megan Campbell)
  • Tim Saunders, former weekend anchor/reporter: Lynchburg Bureau Chief at WDBJ-TV, Roanoke
  • Joe Downs, sports director: Sports director at WLIO (NBC35) in Lima, Ohio after a brief time at WVIR NBC29-Charlottesville
  • Lauren McKay    Now Lauren McKay Cummings, at TV3-Winchester after a time as producer with Newschannel 8 (Maryland-Virginia-DC)
  • Michelle Smith, news anchor: Anchor with CBS 6 WRGB in Albany, NY; earlier at WWLP-NBC in Springfield, MA as anchor/reporter
  • Mariam Nabizad, news: Reporter at KTVT-CBS in Dallas after stints at WSMV-TV NBC Nashville and the Ohio News Network, Cincinnati Bureau
  • Sonia Randev, news: Community Television (CTV) of Prince George’s in Maryland
  • Meryl Conant, news: Reporter at WCBD (NBC- Count on 2), Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Ed Reams, news reporter: Assistant news director for WISN-TV in Milwaukee in 2011, after coming back to TV3 as News Director beginning August 2006, from WDSU 6 (NBC) in New Orleans, after stops in Roanoke, Raleigh and Atlanta
  • Jim Javinsky, news: Video Director for the Thom Hartmann Program (nationally syndicated radio and TV talk show broadcast from Washington, DC)
  • Jay Webb, weather: WDBJ-7 in Roanoke, weekend weather anchor
  • Melissa DiPane, Augusta County reporter: Reporter for FOX-35 in Orlando, FL, after stints at WATE-Knoxville, WJLA Newschannel 8 Washington and WSET, ABC Channel 13, Lynchburg, Va.
  • Amy Kehm, news: WHTM-27, Harrisburg, PA as producer/reporter
  • Meredyth Censullo, news-weather: Full-time “Traffic and Transportation” reporter for WTSP, Tampa Bay’s 10 news; earlier, news anchor, WJHL (CBS affiliate) in Johnson City, TN
  • Jennifer Watson, news: Reporter for WXIA Channel 11 in Atlanta
  • Cyndi Todd: Freelance producer in Atlanta
  • Mike Hoss, news: After stops in Oklahoma and Texas, now 10:00 weeknight anchor at WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Ron Magnuson, news: Co-anchor for Eyewitness News WSOC-9 in Charlotte Saturday Morning + still reporting Tuesday through Friday
  • Adam Kramer, Augusta County reporter 2001-2003: Left broadcasting; now manager and senior broker for Ameriprise Financial, outside New York City
  • Amy Gleason, Daybreak Producer/Anchor: Financial reporter with an information specialist company in Charlottesville.
  • Rob Boisvert, news: Moving to Morning Anchor in both the Charlotte and Raleigh markets, News 14 Charlotte, after a time at WSOC Charlotte.
  • John Gawthrop, producer: Executive Producer for News 14 Raleigh, utilizing a three market system with all production coming through the Raleigh station
  • Kate Ferrall, news: Has her own production company and is a freelance executive producer for the Discovery networks–TLC, Discovery Health Channel, and Discovery Channel in Silver Spring
  • Tara Brown, news anchor: Morning anchor at WEAR-TV in Pensacola, FL after a time as 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor at KODE-TV12 in Joplin, Missouri.
  • Joey Groah, Creative Services Director: co-owner and producer for Harrisonburg-based full-service production company, Digico (www.godigico.com)
  • Jarrod Aldom, news: Sports Director at WCAV in Charlottesville.
  • Josh Chernikoff, sports: In Philadelphia to pursue jobs with professional sports teams.
  • Danielle Banks, news and weather             Weather Channel Radio (with occasional appearances on Weather Channel TV), after stints at WTZN-43 and WATE, both in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Rachel DePompa, news: To WWBT-NBC 12 as Richmond City Reporter after being at WDBJ-7 CBS Roanoke and Bristol, VA/TN, WCYB TV-5
  • Kirsten Gladding, 5 p.m. anchor: Left the news business; moved home to Tucson, AZ to be with family; plans to pursue public relations in Tucson; will marry her fiance once he returns from Iraq.
  • Susan Bahorich, Daybreak anchor/reporter: Sunday morning anchor/4day a week reporter, WDBJ-7 in Roanoke as of 1/5/04.
  • John Donnelly: KRIV-26 FOX in Houston, after six years in Memphis
  • Jane Smith, news anchor: Reporter/fill-in anchor at KGW in Portland, Oregon, after a time at WALA-Fox, Mobile, Ala.
  • Thomas Tobin, reporter: Producer at WTTG FOX-5 Washington, after a time at NBC12/FOX-Richmond
  • George Kessler, weather: KBJR TV 6 (NBC affiliate in Duluth, MN), as chief meteorologist; then started a computer accessory manufacturing firm, developing mouses and mouse pads for children.
  • Erin Tate, news: full-time reporter for WCMH, NBC Channel 4, Columbus, OH
  • Dan Bewley, Daybreak and noon anchor: Reporter, Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Bob Radford, sports: Bristol, VA/TN, WCYB TV-5, weekend sports anchor
  • Melissa Reynolds, news: Now Melissa Reynolds Whetzel, news manager for the College of Charleston’s Division of Marketing and Communications, Charleston, SC. Previously with the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association, after stints at ABC News 4 in Charleston and WCYB-Bristol (TN/VA).
  • Heather Peterson, News Producer: News Producer at WTKR NewsChannel 3, Norfolk, Va.
  • Chris Suchan, news-weather: morning/noon meteorologist for WTSP-10 in Tampa Bay (CBS affiliate)
  • Joelle Girone, news anchor: WKRC TV12 in Cincinnati after stints at WLWT-NBC in Cincinnati and the Dayton, Ohio, ABC-TV affiliate
  • Richard Ortner, weather: Meteorologist, KMGH- Denver
  • Julie Bidwell, news anchor: FOX News as Julie Banderas, after a time at New York City’s Fox affiliate.
  • Robin Reed, weather: WDBJ-7 weather, Roanoke, Va.
  • John Agresti, news reporter: News 14 Carolina-Charlotte, after at time at WALA-Fox, Mobile, Ala.
  • Tom Patton, weather      WWBT-NBC Richmond, after a time at WHO-NBC, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Libby Gardner, news anchor: TV production job in Austin, Texas
  • Michael Friedmann, weather: WTIC (Fox) 61, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Ross Guidotti, news reporter: Reporter, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jen Lesmerises, weather: No longer morning anchor/noon anchor at WGGB-TV News 40, Springfield, Mass.
  • Rob Toomer, news reporter: Richmond TV station for a time, then back to JMU for master’s degree studies
  • Bill George: Working for Massanutten Resort
  • Channa Brooks, news anchor: Left broadcasting to go into public relations in New York after working as anchor at WCTI ABC, New Bern, N.C.
  • Gene Cox, news anchor: WWBT-12, Richmond
  • Tracey Neale, news anchor: WUSA-9 Washington-DC after a time at Washington, D.C.’s WTTG FOX-5
  • Beth Parker, news: WTTG-5, Washington, D.C.
  • Kevin Schultze, news: WJLA-7, Washington, D.C.
  • Chrissy Russo, news-anchor: Morning weathercaster at FOX-6 in San Diego after a time at WTKR-3 (CBS), Norfolk
  • Michelle Mowery: Communications Director for the Tennessee Department of Family Services, after other public relations work in Nashville and a stint at ABC 24 in Memphis
  • Ron Magnuson, news: Bureau reporter at WSOC-9 in Charlotte
  • Dave Ferguson: Champaign, Ill., station
  • Steve Raml: Left KRCR-TV, ABC affiliate in Chico-Redding, California after 5 years; moved to Phoenix, thought to be in TV there.
  • Brian North, sports: WCTI-TV, sports director, New Bern, N.C., ABC affiliate
  • Andrew Speno, weekend anchor: News Anchor for FOX 25 News, Oklahoma City
  • Karen Shroeder, anchor and reporter: Indianapolis, Indiana; then to Pittsburgh as anchor
  • Mindy Bassiro: Johnstown to Pittsburgh to Baltimore