Sabrina Rodriguez, a former Springfield ABC40 news anchor, resigned from FOX40 in Sacramento on Tuesday. She was arrested and released on $10,000 bail after an investigation revealed that she, along with her fiancé, conspired to commit theft. She will be arraigned on August 29th, facing charges of theft, burglary, and conspiracy. She worked at ABC40 in Springfield for 2 years, and won an Associated Press award for her work there.
According to industry sources, Meredith Corp, which owns Channel 3 will buy the Springfield ABC and Fox affiliate station WGGB. Meredith Corp already owns the CBS affiliate station in Springfield, WSHM. The sale is expected to close by the end of the year. The station, currently owned by local company Gormally Broadcasting, is supposed to sell for 53.8 million.
WGGB, the ABC affiliate out of Springfield, Massachusetts is launching a weekend morning newscast beginning this Saturday from 7-8 a.m. No news on who will anchor the show but it is designed to lead into the weekend version of ABC’s “Good Morning America”.
Charles Gibson, the former “ABC World News” anchor, will deliver the lecture, “The (Im)Balance of Power in Washington: How Things Went Off the Rails and How They Can Be Fixed,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Burt Kahn Court on Quinnipiac University’s Mount Carmel Campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Paul Friedman, a former news executive who is currently a professional in residence at the Quinnipiac University School of Communications was honored for his article “Weighing Anchors: The Nightly Newscasts are Retooling to Suit Their Stars, And It’s Working–For Now” which was recently published in the Columbia Journalism Review. The above photo, taken at Quinnipiac’s Fred Friendly First Amendment Award Luncheon in New York City features Friedman (far left); Bob Woodruff of ABC News; Charlie Gibson, former anchor of “ABC World News;” Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University, and Robin Sproul, Vice President and Washington bureau chief for ABC news.