Posts Tagged ‘wfts’

Ivan Cabrera to WFTS Wx…

In a press release, WFTS announced today that the Tampa station has hired Ivan Cabrera to join their weather team.

Cabrera will be the primary meteorologist for The Now Tampa Bay, weekdays at 4pm, and will work with Chief Meteorologist Denis Phillips during ABC Action News evening newscasts 5-6:30pm.

Prior to joining WFTS, Cabrera worked at CNN World Headquarters. His forecasts were seen on CNN International, CNN, and HLN.  Before joining CNN in November 2009, he served as meteorologist at Orlando’s WESH. Read the rest of this entry →


09 2015

Alan Cohn to, more news on, WWSB…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Sarasota’s WWSB has hired Alan Cohn to anchor and serve as managing editor of a new weekday 7 p.m. newscast. Cohn and the new newscast will debut on Monday Sept 14th.

Viewers in the Tampa market, might have previously known Cohn as an investigative reporter at WFTS. He joined WFTS in 2009 and then parted ways with the station in 2012. In 2013, Cohn announced that he was running as a Democrat for Congress in Florida’s 15th Congressional District. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2015

Laura Harris to the news desk at WFTS…

(from – Current host of The Now Tampa Bay Laura Harris, will take on additional responsibilities at Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13). Harris has been named co-anchor of ABC Action News at 5:30 p.m. alongside Brendan McLaughlin effective immediately.

Harris joined the WFTS ABC Action news team in July 2012. She has spent years as a reporter in the field covering stories all over the Tampa Bay area….Cont….


07 2015

Leslie Pastel named Dir of Sales at WFTS…

(edited from WFTS Press Release) – Leslie Pastel has been named Director of Sales for Tampa’s WFTS-TV. She joins the Scripps owned local media company on July 6.

Pastel most recently served as Director of Sales at WKYC-TV in Cleveland. Prior to that, she held other management and sales positions at Ohio TV stations, including Scripps’ WEWS-TV. Read the rest of this entry →


06 2015

Wayne Shattuck signs off after 20 years at WFTS…

WFTS veteran meteorologist Wayne Shattuck gave his last forecast on the Tampa station on Sunday night.

After 20 years at the station, the “official” word is that he is retiring after 43 total years in TV weather. However, as Florida News Center reported back in December of 2014, multiple sources tell us that the “retirement” was accepted, as the the veteran meteorologist was being slowly forced out. His final newscast was supposed to be at the end of 2014, but the station extended his contract through the end of May 2015; that time has come and gone.

Shattuck was one of the original personalities to join the WFTS when the station created a news department in late 1994. He started out the station’s chief meteorologist, but was replaced by Denis Phillips and was moved to the week-day morning shift. He was eventually moved from the week-day morning shift, replaced by Shay Ryan, and on to work weekends. Read the rest of this entry →


05 2015