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Recent RogerSimmons.com Orlando TV News reports involving WESH-Channel 2, the NBC affiliate for Central Florida. The station calls its newscasts WESH 2 News.

Miami anchor joining Fox 35 morning news team

LuAnne Sorrell (courtesy WSVN.com)

Some news related to Orlando TV newspeople …

LuAnne Sorrell will be joining WOFL-Fox 35 as a morning news anchor this summer, her agency — Napoli Management Group — announced. She’s arriving from Miami Fox affiliate WSVN-7, where she is a reporter and weekend anchor. According to her bio, she joined WSVN in 2005 after spending 2-1/2 years at KLAS-CBS 8 in Las Vegas. TVSpy.com says  she’s replacing  Heidi Hatch, who left Fox 35 a year ago for KUTV-CBS 2 in Salt Lake City. …

Sorrell’s replacement at WSVN in South Florida is a face familiar to Orlando TV news viewers: former WESH reporter/anchor Jeff Lennox. He left the TV biz after departing WESH but ended up at WSVN as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Lennox broke the news about his new gig on his Twitter account last week: “Anchoring weekend mornings now full-time in Miami! Couldn’t be more excited!” …

Former WFTV reporter and Hearst TV Washington reporter Jane Watrel is returning to O-Town. Orlando Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker reports that Watrel is joining the Orange County Sheriff’s office as a media specialist/public information officer ….

NewsBlues.com reports that Stephanie Kolp, a reporter WBBH-NBC 2 in Fort Myers, is joining WESH at a reporter. She starts June 21. …

Mark Joyella will join WFTV-Channel 9 as reporter/weekend morning anchor. Joyella previously worked at CNN, WNYW-Fox 5 and WPIX-CW 11 in New York and WPLG-ABC 10 in Miami. NewsBlues says that WFTV News Director Bob Jordan hired Joyella in 1994 when Jordan was running the newsroom at WFTS-ABC 28 in Tampa.

Orlando TV news anchors in the news

Some updates for you on some former Orlando TV newsers who are making news …

Mike Garofalo, who left Local 6 back in September 2010 to be closer to his reporter wife in Miami, has landed back on the anchor desk. TVSpy.com reports that he joined  WOAI-NBC 4 in San Antonio as morning anchor.  Garofalo arrived at WKMG in December 2008 from KOAT-ABC 7 in Albuquerque. He’s likely best remembered here as the man who replaced longtime popular anchor Bob Frier on Channel 6’s anchor desk. …

Popular former WFTV anchor Chris Egert, who left Channel 9 in 2007 to head to Cox sister station KIRO-CBS 7 in Seattle, is heading to Minneapolis. NewsBlues.com reports that Egert is making the move to care for his ailing father. On Thursday, Egert posted on his Facebook page that his last day as morning anchor at KIRO is Friday, and that he’ll start at  KSTP-ABC 5 in Minneapolis on April 26. …

If you were watching the cable or national networks’ coverage of this week’s Texas tornadoes, you might have spotted a couple of former Orlando newsers. Former WKMG morning meteorologist Larry Mowry was doing storm coverage on KTVT-CBS 11 in Continue reading Orlando TV news anchors in the news

Back to blogging … why I love Orlando TV news

Yes, I’m back blogging about Orlando TV news.

What’s the deal, you ask? I’ve been very busy with my real job and also took some vacation time. Plus, it was good to take a blogging break.

But now it’s back to chronicling the news that comes across your Orlando TV sets. Here’s one prime reason why I love to blog about Orlando TV news — and from one of the most entertaining Orlando news anchors on Twitter… Where else does this stuff happen?

Jim Van Fleet, Guy Rawlings, Mike Dunston leaving Orlando TV news

Jim Van Fleet and anchor John Brown chat during the meteorologist's last newscast for Fox 35 Monday.

Comings and goings in Orlando TV news …

After nearly a decade with WOFL, meteorologist Jim Van Fleet presented his last forecast on Monday morning. The popular Fox 35 weatherman is heading to WTSP-CBS 10 in Tampa to become the station’s chief meteorologist. On Monday’s Good Day show, Van Fleet said, “It is bittersweet. Fox has been my family. For the record, I think this is the worst time for me to leave Fox 35 because I feel this is the strongest Fox 35 has been. So, I realize what I am doing but it is an opportunity that is too big to say no to.” …

WESH 2 sports anchor Guy Rawlings is heading to Atlanta to become a news anchor at WGCL-CBS 46. “I’m really excited and a little bit anxious,” Rawlings told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Monday. “I wanted to try something different, look for a new challenge. A lot of my friends who are sports anchors are unemployed. Local sports seems to be shrinking. This opportunity is a hybrid of news and sports. I had to jump on it!” Rawlings’ last day at WESH will be Dec. 23. Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker reports that WESH will start “a national search” for Rawlings’ replacement. Veteran Pat Clarke will help fill the sports gaps at WESH for awhile. …

Another familiar face in the mornings at Fox 35 is leaving town, too. Mike Dunston is heading to Cleveland to anchor “Good Morning Cleveland” for WEWS-ABC 5. Dunston has been with WOFL since 2007. He’ll join his new station in December.

Meteorologist Leslie Hudson gets part-time gig at Fox 35

A familiar face to Orlando TV news viewers will be reappearing shortly on Fox 35. It’s meteorologist Leslie Hudson, who previously reported on the weather at Central Florida News 13 and at WESH-2.

“I’ve told a few friends this, now I am telling the rest of my friends! …  I will be working at Fox 35 as their freelance meteorologist in December,” Hudson posted on her Facebook page Tuesday. “It’s very part time, but I am very excited.”

WOFL needs the additional weather help with the upcoming departure of morning meteorologist Jim Van Fleet, who is scheduled to leave in early December for his new job as chief meteorologist at Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP-10.

Hudson, who was with WESH during 2004’s historic hurricane season, added, “Can’t wait to track the radar again!”

Jason Brewer, Vanessa Welch welcome son Wilson

Jason Brewer and new son Wilson (courtesy WESH.com)

The fiercely competitive newsrooms at WESH and WFTV both had reasons to celebrate a new arrival in town this week.

WFTV anchor Vanessa Welch and her husband WESH meteorologist Jason Brewer welcomed son Wilson Beech Brewer on Monday night. He arrived a few days early at 20 inches and 6 pounds, 15 ounces.

“He’s just perfect. He’s so handsome,” Welch told Sentinel TV Guy Hal Boedeker. “We’re blessed.”

The multi-station couple has been married for seven years, and Wilson is their first child.

“Mom, dad and baby all doing well,” WESH news director Bob Longo told Boedeker.

Added WFTV news director Bob Jordan: “Vanessa’s Channel 9 family is thrilled at the birth of Wilson. Vanessa will return to WFTV, but no firm date has been set.”

Best wishes to Jason, Vanessa and “Wils.”