Channel 2’s New – News Director
April 14, 2009

A few weeks ago, I told you how the  Channel 2 news team bid farewell to our former news director Skip Valet, who skipped out on us to take on a much bigger job as General Manager of  WKMG in Orlando.

That station is also in the Post-Newsweek family, so it was a big promotion.

On Monday, we got some really exciting news about Skip’s replacement.

 KPRC General Manager Larry Blackerby announced at  a staff meeting that he was promoting Assistant News Director Rick McFarland to the position of  News Director.

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(this is a photo of Skip, Rick and Larry and Skip’s going away  party!)

It’s a big promotion with many more responsibilities involving  budgets, ratings, revenue, hiring and firing. 

 So….That means Rick is the person you should email or call if you have any complaints or compliments (did I say compliments?) about me or our news product.

Saying Goodbye to the News Boss
March 27, 2009

Every once in a while, someone joins the Channel 2 news team, and their presence leaves a lasting impression on the staff.

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For the past two and a half years, that person has been our  news director Skip Valet.

Skip is leaving Channel 2 to return to WKMG, our sister station in Orlando. 

Before coming to KPRC,  Skip was the news director at the Post-Newsweek station there, but he’s returning to Orlando as the general manager.

(Think of that as the difference between managing the men’s department at the Macy’s Galleria, or managing the ENTIRE store in Orlando)

On Thursday night, the staff  gathered for the first of two going away parties for Skip.  Senior reporter Phil Archer gave the boss a true Texas  cowboy hat as a goodbye  gift.

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The rest of us showed up empty handed, but offered hugs,  handshakes and  admitted feeling a little bit of   heartache to see him go.

Those attending the goodbye party included:  General Manager Larry Blackerby, Assistant News Director Rick McFarland, investigative reporters Amy Davis and Robert Arnold, reporters Alana Gomez Dong and Phil Archer, Meteorologist Jonathan Novack and Khambrel Marshall, and a host of other managers, producers, photographers and Skip’s assistant Elizabeth.

Channel 2 employees are really proud of our boss for getting this big promotion, but he will be missed.

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