The move was from one political hotbed into another. Melinda Davenport, the newest morning anchor on WISN-TV Ch. 12, worked at WMUR-TV in New Hampshire.
"I was at our sister station WMUR when I saw the Breaking News Desk opening," Davenport said.
Davenport was in the mix when candidates testing the waters would head to the New England state before considering a presidential bid. Now, she had the chance to track the overnight developments in a political state with a governor considering a national GOP campaign of his own.
"I like the trust they had placed in me and my news judgement," Davenport said of the breaking news role she played on the morning news at the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee.
Davenport was on the morning show for just more than a year. When former anchor Marianne Lyles moved to Indianapolis, Davenport moved over to the main desk next to Patrick Paolantonio. In March, she was promoted to the co-anchor spot permanently.
"Melinda has been filling in on the anchor desk with Patrick for months and doing an excellent job," said Chris Gegg, the news director at WISN. "She has won the hearts of our viewers and the respect of her colleagues. She brings great energy and outstanding journalism to the top-notch morning team. We could not be more thrilled to move her into the anchor chair."
Davenport said that she knew what she wanted to do for a career pretty early in life.
"I knew I wanted to be in television news since I was very young," she said. "I would read the newspaper with my grandmother. We would read the paper thoroughly and watch reporters and I thought, ‘I can do that.’"
The Texas native had a chance to check out Summerfest last year, and is looking forward to it this summer. "It’s the best place to people watch," she said.
When Davenport isn’t working, chances are she’s out on a boat, fishing in one of the lakes or rivers close by.
"I love bass fishing," she said. "I try to find lakes and get out in nature all around Wisconsin. I like to go really early … I’m an early bird with an early news program."
Davenport says she just loves how pretty it is and to just let her mind slip away when she is out fishing. I think any outdoors lovers around here can truly relate to that.
AT THE COVE: Colin Ferguson ("Eureka," "The Vampire Diaries") has been cast in a recurring role in season three of Hallmark Channel’s original series, "Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove." The primetime drama, starring Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal, makes its return with a two-hour season premiere this July.
Ferguson will play Cedar Cove’s new District Attorney Paul Watson, who gets to know MacDowell’s Judge Olivia Lockhart while stirring things up in and out of her courtroom.
"Colin Ferguson is an exceptional new addition to our extraordinary ‘Cedar Cove’ family, with his proven talent in series television and his electric, playful onscreen charisma," said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President of Programming and Publicity for Hallmark owner Crown Media Family Networks. "Colin’s character will surprise and delight viewers by adding an unexpected, but very fun, new dynamic to the emotional relationships and riveting storylines in Cedar Cove."
HAPPY 200: Comics for Fun and Profit (CFP) hit the 200 mark last week. The twice-weekly podcast covers the comics industry with reviews and comic book news with a unique twist on comic book buying and selling.
"We provide in-depth reviews, news and previews for comic book readers and collectors but with a focus on speculation: Buying comics to read, enjoy, collect and ultimately sell to someone else," said Drew Ellinger, site owner and co-founder of the podcast.
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