Chelsey Davis to be CBS 11 Traffic Reporter

(Some great news for one the best friends of this site.)

By Robert Philpot
Star-Telegram.com

When news broke this week that Tammy Dombeck was out at KTVT/Channel 11 after more than two years as a free-lance fill-in traffic reporter, local-media blogger Ed Bark reported — citing “a number of sources,” reported that Chelsey Davis was the front-runner for the position.

The front-runner is in: Davis, a former Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader, will begin June 8. Technically, she replaces not Dombeck, who was not on staff at the station, but Whitney Drolen, who left in October.

Davis comes to CBS 11 from KPHO-TV in Phoenix, where she is a multimedia journalist and traffic reporter. She earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. While in college, Davis served as a reporter and weather anchor for Cronkite NewsWatch, ASU’s award-winning nightly television newscast which airs on PBS in Arizona.

Here’s a compilation of her traffic reporting. Very Phoenix-y. But you’ll get the idea.

Davis has been with KPHO since July 2013, when she started as a fill-in traffic reporter, according to her KPHO bio. Much more from that bio, some of which we’re sure will change:

“She freelances for the Arizona Cardinals, who she is a die-hard fan of,” the bio states (welcome to Cowboys country!). “She has worked in their broadcast and media department during the day as talent, while also shooting and editing pieces on the official Cardinals website. Chelsey has also been the host for the annual Big Red Rib and Music Festival three times, drawing thousands of fans each year. In addition, she was an Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader for five seasons, and captain for two. Chelsey has developed the cheerleading brand as a team choreographer, and an ambassador for tours across the nation and overseas. She also coordinated and hosted the Jr. Cheer weekend for hundreds of little girls across the valley. Chelsey will always be honored to wear the Pro Bowl title for 2014.”

In 2010, when she was the Cardinals’ Cheerleader of the week, she said her goal was to be on TV in three to five years. Find out more by checking out this clip.

She has also worked as an intern at Phoenix’s KNXV and a producer at the city’s KPNX, as well as serving a stint as a print reporter. More of her in action:

The Community Conduit: Pamela Silva Conde

Ocean Drive Magazine selects it’s 2015 Women of Influence. On the list is former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader Pamela Silva Conde:

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The coanchor for Univision’s highly rated Primer Impacto news program, Pamela Silva Conde has won six Emmy Awards, was one of People en Español’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” and has cohosted The View. She’s also a strong believer in using her platform to help shape her community.

Did being Miami-based give you a career advantage? I always wanted to do Spanish media because I wanted to serve my community. Miami’s a pivotal point. You have to be where the action is.

What role do you see Miami having in the world today? Miami has had an evolution in terms of news impact. We just built the largest newsroom in the country with a joint venture we did with Fusion, and were able to bring Univision News and ABC network [together]. It may be five or 10 years, [but] Miami’s definitely going to be a more competitive city than it ever was.

How do you pay it forward? With the [Pamela Silva Conde Scholarship], we have given six scholarships at Florida International University. I’m involved with the students because I want to maximize the impact that these scholarships have. That’s the purpose of doing philanthropic work, to build new generations of people with the same mentality.

How else do you give back to the community? I’m part of the committee of St. Jude Miami and I’m on the national advisory board for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There’s also Amigos for Kids, which focuses on neglected and abused children. Throughout the year, we give counseling and seminars for families. We want to empower parents.

How do you manage it all? The second you start thinking, I could do this, it actually becomes manageable. Your attitude influences everything.

Aubrey Aquino Joins WAVY as ‘The Hampton Roads Show’ Co-Host

From Mediabistro.com

Aubrey Aquino has joined WAVY, the NBC affiliate in Portsmouth, Va., as the co-host of “The Hampton Roads Show.” Aquino co-hosts the interactive lifestyle show alongside Chris Reckling.

“Exciting times are ahead on The Hampton Roads Show with our new co-host Aubrey Aquino,” executive producer Stephanie Cooke said in a statement. “With Aubrey’s unique background as a lifestyle and entertainment correspondent, she will be a terrific fit for the show and I know Hampton Roads will welcome her with open arms.”

Aquino most recently contributed to WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami. She has previously worked at stations in San Francisco and Phoenix.

Aubrey danced for the Sacramento Kings and cheered the the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.

Lauren Gardner

Lauren Gardner grew up in the great sports town of Denver, Colorado where she was a fan of her home teams from a very young age. Growing up an athlete, Gardner developed a strong sense of competition and leadership. She was the captain of the softball and cheer team and first team all conference and all region in softball. This only furthered her passion for sports and she knew she wanted to turn that passion into a career.

Lauren attended the University of Colorado where she majored in Political Science. During her college career she interned with Denver’s Mile High Sports Magazine and FSN Rocky Mountain where she learned the different sides of the industry. During which time, Gardner took to the sidelines as Denver Broncos cheerleader until the end of the 2008 season.

Gardner began her on air career as a host and personality with Kroenke Sports Enterprises and Altitude Sports and Entertainment. She also became a familiar face to Denver sports fans as the In Game Host for the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies. She’s also been spotted on the sidelines covering college football, basketball and lacrosse on Fox College Sports, Fox Sports Rocky Mountain and The Mountain Sports Network. Lauren extended her role with the Broncos beyond the sidelines as the host of the 2009 Draft Special on Comcast as well as other Denver Broncos specials.

Her adventures have most recently led her to working for CBS Sports Network covering College football, UFL, Alt Games and was able to sit down with tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, as part CBS and ESPN’s, US Open coverage.

Outside of broadcasting, Lauren an aviation enthusiast and private pilot. She also enjoys volunteering abroad and hopes to one day own her own production company.

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The Silver Dancers’ Day Jobs

Melanie Snare Sports Reel

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Melanie is a former Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader. This reel features a few clips from her cross country tour for college football.

 

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Ali Dee on Texas Women

Former Seattle Sea Gal and Sonics Dancer Ali Dee is starring in a new reality series from CMT called Texas Women. The show started last week. New episodes air Thursdays at 10/9c.

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Emmy Award-Winning Journalist Pamela Silva Conde Joins Univision’s Primer Impacto as New Co-anchor

Pamela Silva Conde is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

Pamela Silva Conde is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language, announced today that Emmy award-winning journalist Pamela Silva Conde has been named the new co-anchor of “Primer Impacto” (First Impact). Silva Conde will join the news magazine’s team, serving as host and conducting interviews, beginning Tuesday, July 5, during its regular time, Monday through Sunday at 5pm ET/PT (4pm Central).

 

“As part of Univision’s continued commitment to deliver the best news and most innovative programming, we are honored to welcome Pamela into her new role,” said Daniel Coronell, vice president of Univision News. “Pamela’s extensive experience, tremendous passion and exemplary reporting make her an incredible asset to the ‘Primer Impacto’ team.”

As one of the highest-rated news shows in the United States and 12 Latin American countries, Univision’s award-winning news magazine, “Primer Impacto,” offers viewers the most complete news coverage and human interest reporting on the issues of most importance to the community. Silva Conde, who has been preparing for this new role for some time, will join “Primer Impacto’s” talented team, Bárbara Bermudo, Satcha Pretto and Jackie Guerrido. Seasoned journalist Ilia Calderón, who served as the news magazine’s co-anchor, recently joined Noticiero Univision’s late evening edition, “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna,” alongside Edna Schmidt, will continue to present news and interviews with some of the most influential national and international political figures and celebrities.

Silva Conde began her career at Univision in 2003 as coordinator of community service, reporter and producer of the community show, “Miami Ahora,” on WLTV Univision 23. She then became a reporter for Univision’s entertainment show “Escándalo TV” on TeleFutura, and was also an official spokesperson for WAMI TeleFutura 69. In 2005, Silva Conde joined WLTV Univision 23’s news team as a reporter and host for the ¡Luces, Camara, Accion! (Lights, Camera, Action!) entertainment segment. Later, she became co-anchor of “Noticias 23 Al Amanecer” on WLTV Univision 23 and WAMI TeleFutura 69 in Miami. Most recently, Silva Conde has served as a correspondent for Univision’s news magazine “Aquí y Ahora,” in addition to reporting for the network’s news team where she interviewed several heads of state, including the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa.

Silva Conde has received several professional awards and accolades. She has won six Emmy awards for her exemplary journalistic work. In 2006 she won her first Emmy award for on-camera talent, followed by three Emmy awards in 2007 for writing, news feature story, and human interest story. In 2009, she won her fifth Emmy for a feature story about Facebook.com and was awarded her sixth Emmy in 2010 for investigative special feature.

Silva Conde graduated with honors from the journalism school at Florida International University (FIU), institution that named her as the “Communications Graduate of the Year” in 2009. She is finishing a Master’s degree in Bilingual Communications from St. Thomas University and is currently enrolled in a second Master’s in Business Administration at her alma mater, FIU. She is a board member for the Miami-based not-for-profit “Amigos For Kids,” which provides services to children in South Florida who are abused and/or abandoned.

Megan Glaros is Heading to Chicago

meganglarosFormer Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader Megan Glaros will be the meteorologist for a new early morning news show under development at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 in Chicago. Megan comes from WCBS-TV in New York, where she was the station’s weekend meteorologist and entertainment reporter. She also may do some entertainment reporting for the new show that will debut Aug. 30.

Megan graduated from Indiana University, where she studied journalism and atmospheric sciences.

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Former NBA, AFL Dancer Heather Zara Dances for Haiti Earthquake Relief

From The Oakland Press, :

zaraDancing with our Local Stars — a benefit for the American Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief — is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 13 at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver in Troy.

Local celebrity appearances include: Nicole Blaszczyk (Miss Michigan), Lila Lazarus (TV personality), Eric Hipple (ex-NFL quarterback), Heather Zara (WDIV traffic reporter, former Detroit Automotion Dancer and Detroit Fury Cheerleader), Natalie Sentz (WDIV reporter), Ryan Field (Fox Sports Detroit reporter), Jeannette Greco Pawlowski (Mrs. Michigan), Deena Centofanti (Fox 2 health reporter), Dr. Michael Gray (renowned cosmetic surgeon), Damara Anderson (WWJ producer and reporter), John Poppeo (WDIV photo journalist), Scott Lusader (former Detroit Tiger), and more.

The benefit will include a dance competition with local celebrities, a dance showcase by professional dancers, general dancing throughout the evening to live entertainment by the Steve King & the Dittilies, an hors d’oeuvre buffet with a cash bar, a silent auction and an opportunity for you to dance with a local star — 100 percent of proceeds from the auction and the dance with the celebrity will go to the American Red Cross to support its Disaster Relief Fund. Admission is $25 per person. Everyone is welcome, singles and married couples.

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Lauren Gardner: Not Just Another Pretty Denver Face

laurengardnermid07gardner08Lauren Gardner no longer cheers for the Denver Broncos. but remains Denver’s “Queen of the Sports Air Waves” in her multiple roles as the In-Game Host at the Colorado Rockies, as well as, an on-air personality at Altitude Sports and Entertainment for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Team and the Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League. In her spare time she works full-time as a real estate sales assistant for the Spire Denver.

Todd Civin at BleacherReport.com has as interview with Lauren that you can read here.

KTIB hires First Female Football Color Analyst in Area

Keyon K. Jeff
tri-Parrish Times

suzzetteKTIB’s broadcast of the Vandebilt-E.D. White tussle Friday night had a different tone than any football broadcast ever heard in southeast Louisiana.

The Thibodaux radio station hired the area’s first female football color analyst, Suzette Brantley, 38, who covers the Saints for the sports Web site bleacherreport.com.

She and play-by-play announcer William Taylor handle the KTIB high school game of the week and the post-game show.

“William called and asked if I would be interested in doing this for Vandebilt and E.D. White,” Brantley said. “It sounded like a great opportunity. I couldn’t pass it up.”

“I had no idea that no female in this area had done anything like this before,” she added. “I don’t want to say it’s odd, but it’s interesting. I thought for sure somebody had done it.”

Taylor wanted to add a female color analyst last year but hurricanes Gustav and Ike threw his plans off track.

“Frankly, I thought it was long overdue,” he said. “KTIB has new management that really wants to bring the station in a new direction. I thought she would be a perfect mesh for doing the high school broadcast.”

Although their first broadcast went off without a hitch, Brantley and Taylor forgot how much faster prep football is compared to college and NFL games, which have television timeouts.

“I failed to realize that there was going to be less time between plays for her to talk,” Taylor admitted. “So, she didn’t talk as much time on the air as I thought she would. I was thankful we were able to get her in, if not after every play, at least some of the plays.”

Taylor didn’t pitch the idea of having Brantley in the booth to new station manager Bethany Burns until two days before their debut. Still, Burns agreed and stayed at the station Friday night to monitor the game and enjoyed it.

While Brantley grew up in a football family and has been around the game most of her life, she only got into sports journalism in May.

An ultrasound technician at LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa, Brantley has covered the Saints’ offseason training activities, the LSU World Series victory, the Steve McNair murder-suicide tragedy and the NFL preseason. She is currently writing a series for the Web site, “NFL Cheerleaders: Behind the Scenes.”

Her love for football began in the mid-1970s when her father, Bobby Lampard, played semi-pro for the New Orleans Blue Knights of the Dixie League. Her brother, Bryan Lampard, played and coached in college at Idaho State University.

“Watching and breaking down game film was common in my household,” she said. “I didn’t know other people didn’t watch football from Wednesday night to Tuesday morning. That’s what we always did.”

While attending Nicholls State University in 1989, she was a member of the Colonelette dance team. She was also on the Saintsations’ dance team from 1992-93.

Having females as sideline reporters is standard practice in today’s football broadcast. But women in the booth are still very rare.

The color analyst position is usually given to a former head coach or ex-player to provide expert analysis and background information.

Brantley doesn’t feel like a pioneer for women in sports journalism because she said there are many on the sidelines who could easily be in the booth. But, she does hope to bring a different perspective to the broadcast.

“There’s a growing fan base of women. A lot of women attend high school games, especially the moms in the stands,” she explained. “I don’t think I’m going to do like Clairee in ‘Steel Magnolias’ that’s going to be just talking color. I do know my Xs and Os. If I can do play-by-play to my 10-year-old daughter and get her excited, I can explain it to the masses as well, but have more of my take on it.”

Because she was asked so late to be part of the broadcast team, Brantley will miss some games, like Friday’s Destrehan-Thibodaux tilt, due to prior commitments.

However, she is honored to have this opportunity and wants to see how far it takes her.

“Mrs. Burns said not to have anyone else come looking for me because I’m theirs,” Brantley said. “I’m just happy to be around the game I love and have grown up around in any way, shape or form.”

Former Colts Cheerleader is Indy’s Best Traffic Reporter

Congratulations to good friend of the blog Mindy Winkler, who was named Indianapolis’ “Best Local Traffic Reporter” for the 4th year in a row.

From Nuvo.net

Best local traffic reporter (TV or radio): Mindy Winkler
It’s hard to drive in Indy and not hear Mindy Winkler’s traffic reports. Reporting for the Smiley Morning Show on Z99.5, 104.5WJJK and 102.4 Hit Country WMDH, Winkler is there to cheerfully report the plagues of every morning commute. Formerly Commander KC on WTTV, Winkler eventually moved through WRTV-6 as a fill-in traffic reporter and through miscellaneous voiceover jobs into her current place in Indy radio traffic reporting. Winkler has made herself a permanent installation in the lives of Indianapolis commuters, making what can be a torturous experience into something with a little optimism

Mindy Winkler

Mindy is a former Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders and also cheered for the CISL Indianapolis Twisters.

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Jenna McKee

Jenna is a former Tennessee Titans Cheerleader.

From the WRCBTV.com

jennatitans1Jenna McKee joined the Channel 3 Eyewitness News staff in June 2008. You can see her reports throughout the week on Eyewitness News at 6:00 and Chattanooga’s #1 newscast, Eyewitness News at 11:00. Jenna is a Tennessee native and most recently worked for WKRN-TV in Nashville as a reporter. Before her stop in the Music City, Jenna was an Anchor/Reporter for WBBJ-TV in Jackson, TN. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University where she was a Blue Raider cheerleader.

Our list of reporters is here.

Heather Zara Gets Dream Job at Ch. 4

By Terry Foster
The Detroit News

Heather Zara loves sports so much, she still has pieces of confetti from the night the Pistons won the 2004 NBA title.

And when her alarm rings at 2:30 every morning, the television is usually tuned to “SportsCenter” or a replay of the previous night’s Tigers game.

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Zara, WDIV’s morning traffic reporter, is a passionate sports fan who used to scramble around the Lions dressing room looking for stories.

This weekend, Zara moves to the sports desk, anchoring Channel 4’s weekend show.

“I feel like I have my dream job, but I am not the kind of person to stand still,” said Zara, who grew up in Warren and attended Mott High.

“Down the road I would like to get a job in sports. Right now, I work with some amazing people. If my career ended at Channel 4, I would be very happy. I love working in the city, and you have some of the best sports teams around whether you are a fan or a reporter.”

Zara is a risk taker.

She left a full scholarship at Wayne State and transferred to Michigan State so she could study broadcast journalism.

“I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t do that,” said Zara, who won an Emmy her junior year and appeared headed toward her career in sports.

But WDIV held a contest for a traffic person in December 2007, and she decided to take a shot at coming home. She had just left a small Maryland station for a behind-the-scenes job in Chicago. The audition was a hit. The day after Super Bowl XL, Zara was on WDIV doing afternoon traffic.

Not bad for someone who played volleyball and softball, but was cut from nearly every basketball team she tried out for. What she coulddo was dance, and she landed gigs with the Detroit Fury, the now-defunct arena football team, and Automotion, the Pistons’ dance group. That’s how she celebrated the Pistons’ title — confetti and all.

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