West Michigan: Newsmakers Dec. 11, 2009




Rebecca Sapakie is enjoying her new post as news director at WOOD-TV (Channel 8), a station with which she already is pretty familiar. "I am most excited to be back at WOOD, where I work with people who inspire and educate me daily," said Sapakie, who worked at the station from 1999 to 2006 in positions ranging from weekend morning-show producer to assistant news director. She moved to Kansas City, Mo., when her husband got a job offer there. Sapakie, 32, landed a position at Kansas City's WDAF-TV, implementing and directing that station's online department. "I have a strong connection to West Michigan and WOOD-TV. I sincerely have a passion for this station and the work it does in West Michigan," she said. "So, when our general manager (Diane Kniowski) asked me to come on board as news director, I couldn't imagine a better place to be"... Former WOOD-TV producer returns as news director (Fri, 12/11)


WOOD-TV 8 is making some on-air and online changes in January to accommodate today's growing multi-platform world, according to management. Weekend anchor Emily Linnert moves into co-anchoring roles on "Daybreak" and the noon news. New social media director Rob Bliss will play a big role in servicing and growing the audience, management said. The station also recently hired multi-platform reporter Dani Carlson, a teacher at Northwestern University and former employee of KMPH in Fresno, Calif... WOOD-TV 8 changes: Emily Linnert moves into 'Daybreak' role, Jennifer Moss out (Fri, 12/11)




Citing a growth in morning viewers, online visitors and social networking connections, WOOD TV8 is addressing changes to its morning news by announcing a series of new initiatives focused on delivering the best information in a multi-platform world. Beginning in January, there will be some changes to the morning line-up. Daybreak co-anchor, Jennifer Moss, has recently chosen to pursue other interests after declining a contract offer from WOOD-TV. Moss will remain on the air through Thursday, December 17, 2009. Jennifer has served West Michigan viewers with professionalism and respect. She has also served the community by giving generously of her time and talent through her volunteer efforts. Her work - both on air and in the community - has been recognized by multiple media and service organizations. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors. Weekend anchor, Emily Linnert, will join Brett Thomas to co-anchor 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak and Noon starting in January... 24 Hour News 8 makes Daybreak changes (Thu, 12/10)







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