It seems we’re all affected by something I call “time creep.” Everything is starting a little earlier these days, and that would include 10 on your side, which has just launched a 4pm newscast. It’s an early appetizer of the days events, and news happening now. I couldn’t resist snapping off a few behind the scenes photos. See you at 4!
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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!
With the rise of the online world and social media, more information is available to us than ever before. You are gracious enough to let us into your homes daily, but you don’t always get that extra look at how information gets to you. Here then is a look behind the scenes; pictures I snapped around the station, to provide an additional angle of the news and a candid look at just some of the journalists and production specialists on which you depend daily. That’s 10 on your side.
6:15 a.m. – Rise and shine! There is something about the nation’s capital that makes you want to get up early and get out the door. It could be the inevitable traffic on the way into the city, especially on a day like today.
We had to stay in a hotel in northern Virginia last night because almost every room in D.C. was full ahead of today’s Supreme Court ruling on the health care law and individual mandate. A decision is expected to come around 10 o’clock this morning.
I think we may be the only people here who are not here to talk about health care. We were the first station to investigate Mo Money Taxes locally, and we want to see it through to the end.
Today a House subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security is set to discuss identity theft and income tax preparation fraud. Mo Money Taxes is likely to be at the center of discussion, with a Norfolk victim scheduled to speak about his personal struggles with the company.
The hearing starts at 9:45 so I’ve got to run! Check back for updates throughout the day. You can also follow me on Twitter. My handle is @AnneWAVY.
9:42 a.m. – I am writing from inside the Rayburn Building where the hearing is about to begin. I have learned Michael Robinson is the Norfolk victim from Rep. Bobby Scott’s district who will be testifying today. I have received Rep. Scott’s prepared statement. He will speak primarily about his constituents struggles with Mo Money. His statement references WAVY TV 10 reports. We are underway. More to come…
11:00 a.m. – Norfolk victim Michael Robinson said he learned about Mo Money from a family member. He and his wife went to Mo Money to get an estimate ($3602). He felt funny about the company and left. Later he tried to file at Jackson Hewitt and was told Mo Money had already filed for him. JH discovered IRS paid Mo Money check in his name for $5270, which he still has not received to this date. He has filed an amendment.
Mo Money has remained the main topic of discussion. Victims would be encouraged to hear how the Congressman are holding the IRS rep’s feet to the fire. She cannot comment on ongoing investigations. She told Congressman Conyers she will take his comments back to the IRS. His response: “Taking it back is not enough. I want action.”
12:38 p.m. – Hearing is over. We will have reaction from the IRS, Rep. Scott and Mo Money Norfolk victim Michael Robinson tonight at 5. Here is a picture of Michael and me after our interview. He took a train from Norfolk to get here and he did a great job despite being a little nervous.
The victim advocate from the IRS was an insightful interview. She explained some of the Mo Money schemes described by the subcommittee falls into the cracks of banking regulations, meaning no one is watching over the money. There’s some talk about increasing penalties and changing laws to incorporate direct deposit victims.
See you at 5!
I had the privilege of speaking to preschoolers at Watkins Early Childhood Center in Newport News. One of the teachers, Jennifer Cooper, invited me to talk with the kids about different aspects of my job as a reporter/anchor here at WAVY-TV.
The kids were really excited to get involved in learning how to report in and anchor a newscast!
They learned that I’m great friends with everyone I work with, like WAVY morning show anchor, Kerri Furey! They loved to hear that you can have fun at work and “play” with your friends!
“Are you ready to be reporters?!” I asked the kids. “Let’s go!” I gave the kids the topic of our (pretend) story for the day:
A bear escaped from the zoo!
As a reporter, you have to ask questions and boy did the kids have some great questions! They asked:
What kind of bear is it?
How old is the bear?
What does it like to do?
What does it like to eat?
What is its name?
…and when all of those great questions were answered, we “helped” find Bamboo, the baby Panda, and return him to the zoo!
The kids learned how great it feels to be able to help people every day! It was a great school visit and we’re already planning another for next year!
In one of our recent Hometown Hot Spots segments, I had the privilege of meeting the one and only groundhog (woodchuck) you can see up close and personal in Hampton Roads! The groundhog lives on the land of the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News.
As my photographer, LV, and I learned, groundhogs aren’t exactly the easiest animal to shoot video of! He wanted to run everywhere (and so did the groundhog)!
This adorable animal starred in the VA Living Museum’s “Groundhog Night.” There were activities and games for kids and their parents and of course, everyone got to see the star of the show eat and mingle with the crowd!
It’s just one of many fun and educational events the VA Living Museum has on a regular basis.
We learned (and so did the kids!) the groundhog will eat nuts, carrots, and other veggies. Be sure to head on out and pay the groundhog a visit! He might be a bit sleepy because I’m told this is his hibernation time, but you might get lucky!
As a local news reporter, I always hear people ask, “Can I get some good news for once? Why does everything have to be death and destruction?”
Well, on our morning show (WAVY News Sunrise and WAVY News Today), we’ve answered your call in a segment called Hometown Hot Spots. The stories air every day in our 6:00 A.M. hour.
Today, my story is on an event being held at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton called Space, Sports, and Sprockit. It’s a special day for everyone and it honors Black History Month.
Take your kids! While they’re there, they’ll learn about why you can’t throw a curve ball on the moon and participate in helium balloon races. At the same time, they’ll get to meet the following people (and robot):
- Leyland Melvin – NASA Astronaut, former football player & Associate Administrator for Education NASA Headquarters
- Bryan Randall – Former Virginia Tech football player who is currently with the Richmond Raiders
- Wayne Gomes – Baseball legend (Phillies) and Hampton Roads native
- Sprockit the Robot
Plus, the Hampton Roads chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen will be on hand to talk to you and your kids as well! The event is Saturday, February 12 and it starts at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 3:00 P.M.
It’s a great way for both you and your kids to learn about amazing and influential African Americans from Hampton Roads while taking in important (and fun!) lessons about space and life.
What a great first day of the 18th annual “Walk for Babies!” That’s right, Jimmy Ray of Eagle 97.3 has been doing this for 18 years and WAVY TV joined in six years ago to help raise awareness about the mission of the March of Dimes. We felt a few rain drops as we got started from the Williamsburg Country Club, but over all it was great weather for walking. Thanks to the police officers from York County and Newport News who kept us safe today…
…and to all the folks who came out of their businesses to cheer us on. We enjoyed the smiling and waving and lots of horn honking! I really want to thank the folks who couldn’t make it to the “meet and greet” but made a point to find us on the road to give us a donation to the March of Dimes….Becky from Williamsburg, Harley Steel of the U.S. Army, and the tow truck driver…I didn’t get your name, but you know who you are and we thank you…and the March of Dimes thanks you too. We met so many great WAVY/FOX 43 viewers and Eagle 97.3 listeners when we stopped at the Langley Federal Credit Union on Oyster Point. My favorite was Will…he’s just three years old, and is very familiar with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
He was so sweet. We watched a fire truck go by and then he gave me a big hug. When you check out the pictures, he’s the little guy in the red shirt….fire engine red!
Tomorrow Jimmy and I get started at 6:00 am at Patrick Henry Mall and will finish at the Langley Federal Credit Union on Mercury Boulevard. Make sure you tune in to WAVY News Ten Today from 5am – 7am , FOX 43 News at 7am and WAVY News 10 Midday for coverage of the walk. You can also sign up to follow me on Twitter! Please check out the March of Dimes page here at WAVY.COM to find out how you can sign up to March for Babies this Sunday at the ocean front!
See you in the morning!