So much of what you see between 5pm and 6:30 on WAVY-TV is the result of many minds and hands working feverishly behind the scenes. As one of the anchors of the evening news, I work with a stable of talented reporters, producers, editors, photographers, directors, and the list goes on. WAVY.com has a small but dedicated staff feeding a digital beast with an insatible appetite for content. So, whether you download an app, log on, or hit the remote at 4:58 PM, here are five things to look for in our 90 minutes of news.
Our 5pm producer Stephanie Duke is watching two monitors at her desk, and warns me not to take her picture. As she juggles the show rundown, Stephanie barely makes eye contact with me, as she says “we’re hearing from a lot of parents in Virginia Beach over those school snow days.” Erin Kelly is working on a follow-up to a decision to have students go to school on Saturdays following last week’s bout with winter. I’ll only say it has a religious tone. (That’s what we call a ”tease.) As we talk about those unlucky students, a bulletin comes in about a commerical plane landing in Turkey following a bomb threat tied to the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Laura Mammarella has taken the reigns of today’s 5:30 show, and tells me my co-anchor Nicole Livas, is working the story of the recent coal ash spill, and why it may be worse than we first thought.
Jessica Ross produces WAVY News 10 at 6, and talked about three new arrests in the death of a police officer, who disappeared five days ago. Also, Newport News police picked up more than two dozen people for participation in the world’s oldest profession. Now it’s time for the afternoon meeting. I’ll see you at 5!