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Arana joins Telemundo Chicago as sports anchor

Arana joins Telemundo Chicago as sports anchor

Rodrigo AranaRodrigo Arana is leaving Mexico City for the Windy City. He has been named sports anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Chicago at 5 and 10 pm. He starts the new job December 8.

Rodrigo replaces Oscar Guzmán, who left the sports anchor seat in February.

For the past 8 years, Rodrigo has worked as a reporter, news editor and weekday sports anchor for Fox Sports Latin America in Mexico City.

His last day at Fox Sports is Sunday, November 23.

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Edna Schmidt sues Telemundo for wrongful termination

Edna Schmidt sues Telemundo for wrongful termination

Edna SchmidtFormer anchor Edna Schmidt has been doing the media rounds in Chicago this week, promoting WGBO Univision’s special series “Edna Mi Verdad,” about women and alcoholism that features her battle with the disease and her professional downfall because of it.

A founding co-anchor of Univision Chicago’s newscast, Edna was also interviewed live on the set on election night, after the airing of the second part of the series.

But she’s not just speaking out in the media – Edna is taking her case to court. On Thursday, her attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court on her behalf against WSNS Telemundo Chicago and NBC Universal Media for wrongful termination.

It has been over a year since Edna was pulled off the air at WSNS and terminated from her $200,000 paying anchor job at the Telemundo Chicago station.

According to documents filed with the complaint, station management took her off the air on September 30, 2013 in the middle of the 10 pm newscast for appearing intoxicated.

Edna Schmidt's lawsuit against Telemundo Chicago and NBC Universal was filed Thursday in federal court.

Edna Schmidt’s lawsuit against Telemundo Chicago and NBC Universal was filed Thursday in federal court.

The suit claims Telemundo and NBC Universal violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing Edna with “reasonable accommodation for her condition.”

According to the ADA, “an alcoholic is a person with a disability and is protected by the ADA if s/he is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job. An employer may be required to provide an accommodation to an alcoholic. However, an employer can discipline, discharge or deny employment to an alcoholic whose use of alcohol adversely affects job performance or conduct.”

Edna is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

Telemundo has not yet responded to a request for comment about the lawsuit.

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Monge leaves Univision San Antonio for Telemundo Chicago

Monge leaves Univision San Antonio for Telemundo Chicago

Anabel MongeAnabel Monge is leaving her anchor job at Univision San Antonio to join “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago.” She’ll be co-anchoring the 5 and 10 pm newscasts alongside Alfonso Gutiérrez.

She officially starts with Telemundo on October 6, but there is no date set yet on when she’ll go on the air.

Anabel replaces Edna Schmidt, who was removed from the anchor desk in October of last year, after less than 3 months on the job. Since then, Alfonso has been the solo anchor of the newscast.

Anabel has spent the past 6 years at Univision 41 in San Antonio, most recently, as a weekday anchor/reporter. Before her move to Texas in 2008, she worked at Univision 19 in Sacramento and Univision 21 in Fresno as a general assignment reporter.

She also worked as a reporter for NBC 9 in El Paso from 2004 to 2005 and NBC 9 in Midland from 2002 to 2004.

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Edna Schmidt ousted from Telemundo Chicago

Edna Schmidt ousted from Telemundo Chicago

Edna_Schmidt-smallLess than 3 months after being named weekday anchor at WSNS, Telemundo’s O&O in Chicago, Edna Schmidt is no longer with the station.
A Telemundo spokesperson confirmed she is no longer with the company, with the following brief statement:
“Edna Schmidt is no longer with Telemundo Chicago. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Sources say she was suspended about two weeks ago, after she was seen on the air slurring her words while reading the news, in an apparent state of intoxication.

Telemundo would not elaborate further as to the reason why she is no longer with the company.

Prior to her return to Chicago, Edna had been off the air for the past 2 years, after Univision terminated her in September of 2011.

For the time being, Alfonso Gutiérrez will be the sole anchor for the 5 and 10 pm newscasts.

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Schmidt officially named Telemundo Chicago anchor

Schmidt officially named Telemundo Chicago anchor

Edna_Schmidt-smallTelemundo officially announced today that Edna Schmidt has been named co-anchor for “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago” 5pm and 10 pm editions, effective immediately. She joins co-anchor Alfonso Gutiérrez.

Edna began her career in 1988 as news reporter and anchor in her native Puerto Rico, where she worked for WSJN-TV, Noticias 24. In 1995, she joined Univision as main anchor for both editions of the local newscast of WGBO-TV, channel 66 in Chicago.

In 2005 she was promoted to co-anchor of “Noticiero Univision Fin de Semana” and also reported for “Noticiero Univision,” “Última Hora,” and “Despierta América.”  She was ousted from Univision network in 2011.

Media Moves first reported Edna would join WSNS Chicago on July 23.

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Schmidt returns to Chicago as Telemundo anchor

Schmidt returns to Chicago as Telemundo anchor

edna_schmidtFormer Univision Network anchor Edna Schmidt will return to television news after a 2-year absence.  She has been hired by Telemundo’s WSNS in Chicago.  Inside sources confirm she’s joining the station as an anchor. She has been seen this week on location taking promo pictures.

Edna has been off the air since Univision Network terminated her in September of 2011.  At the time of her dismissal, she was reporting sporadically, after being taken off the weekend anchor desk during a talent shakeup at the network.

Before that, she had been weekend anchor of “Noticiero Univision” since 2005.  Edna was previously news anchor for “Noticias Al Minuto” on TeleFutura and a correspondent and regular contributor for news magazine “Aquí y Ahora.”

Her move to Chicago marks her return to the Windy City.  She spent 10 years in Chicago as anchor for Univision’s WGBO-66.

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Leal leaves Austin, joins Telemundo Chicago

Leal leaves Austin, joins Telemundo Chicago

Karla_Leal-smallKarla Leal leaves Telemundo Austin to take on a new position at WSNS-44, Telemundo’s O&O in Chicago.  She’ll be a general assignment reporter for “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago” at 5pm and 10pm, effective August 5, 2013.

Karla  joins reporters Alba Mendiola, María Elena Ponticiello, and César Rodriguez, alongside news anchor Alfonso Gutiérrez, sports anchor Oscar Guzmán, and meteorologist Maricela Vázquez.

Prior to her move to Chicago, Karla spent the past 4 years as an anchor and reporter for Telemundo Austin’s weekly newscasts and also did special reports for sister station KEYE-TV, the CBS affiliate in the market.

Karla previously worked at  Telemundo 11 in Bakersfield, California, where she was co-anchor and reporter for 4years.  Before that, she worked for Clear Channel Radio in San Diego as a bilingual traffic reporter.

Born and raised in Tijuana, she’s no stranger to the Windy City. She launched her television career at Chicago’s public access channel CAN-TV 19 where she hosted the bilingual show “Latina Spirit,” in 2004. 

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Vergara out at Telemundo Chicago

Vergara out at Telemundo Chicago

Rolman VergaraAfter only 9 months as a reporter/anchor at WSNS, Rolmán Vergara is no longer at the station. Apparently, Telemundo Chicago is undergoing some talent changes.  Just yesterday, longtime anchor/reporter Tsi-tsi-ki Felix announced her departure from WSNS as an “amicable” parting of the ways.

Rolmán joined  Telemundo Chicago in March of this year, from Telemundo New York, where he spent 2 years as a news reporter. He was previously a sports and news anchor/producer for the Regional News Network (HNN – Hispanics News Network). Before that, he was a sports anchor/news reporter for Telemundo NY.  He began his career as a radio newscaster in Cuba.

The station’s remaining on-air talent are Alba Mendiola, Óscar Guzmán, Maricela Vázquez y Alfonso Gutiérrez.

Requests for comment from station executives about the changes and replacements have yet to be answered.

Update 5pm PT:

Juan Orta, Manager Station Relations for Telemundo Chicago sent this statement with regards to the on-air talent departures:

“The departure of Tsi-tsi-ki Felix was amicable and mutual, we thank Tsi-tsi-ki for her years of hard work, dedication and commitment to reporting relevant news in our community; we wish her well in her new endeavors.  Rolman Vergara and Telemundo Chicago have also parted ways; Telemundo appreciates his good journalism during his tenure in Chicago. We are beginning a national search for qualified candidates to refill the open positions; they will be posted on our website in the coming days.  We are excited to report that Telemundo Chicago is moving into a new direction with original programming and new initiatives coming very soon.”

For the time being, Alfonso Gutiérrez will be anchoring the 5 and 10 pm newscasts.

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Félix leaves Telemundo Chicago

Félix leaves Telemundo Chicago

Tsi-tsi-ki FelixAfter 11 years at WSNS-44, Tsi-tsi-ki Felix has left the station.  The Emmy-award winning news anchor sent out an announcement moments ago saying she has “amicably parted ways” with Telemundo Chicago.

“I look forward to sharing news in the very near future about an opportunity that is in development and will have me reaching even more television viewers in ways that truly inform, inspire and empower,” she said in a statement.

Tsi-tsi-ki joined Telemundo Chicago in 2001 as a reporter.  She was promoted to co-anchor of Telemundo Chicago’s 5 p.m. news in 2005.  In April of 2008, when the station launched a new 10:30 am newscast, she was also named anchor and producer of  “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago Por la Manaña.

She held both posts until she was named solo anchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. news in May of 2009, when Vicente Serrano, at that time the 10 pm anchor, was ousted from his job.

In addition to her anchor duties at WSNS, Tsi-tsi-ki has also served as a correspondent for Telemundo news programs.

Prior to Telemundo, she worked at Chicago Spanish radio stations WOJO and WIND, where she produced, edited, and reported daily.

 

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McDonnell named GM of Telemundo’s WSNS

McDonnell named GM of Telemundo’s WSNS

Chris McDonnellTelemundo has named Chris McDonnell President and General Manager, Telemundo Chicago WSNS. He’ll report to Telemundo Station Group President Manuel Abud.

In this role, McDonnell will direct and manage all aspects of the station’s operations, including news, sales, promotions, engineering, finance, human resources, community relations, strategic sales and marketing.

McDonnell has been with the NBC-owned television station group since 1997. He was most recently Vice President, Sales & Marketing at NBC Dallas/Fort Worth KXAS since 2009. Before that, he spent 4 years as Vice President, Sales & Marketing at San Diego’s KNSD.

This is McDonnell’s second run at WSNS.  He was Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Telemundo’s O&O in Chicago from 2002-2005. From 1995-2002 he held multiple roles at WMAQ in Chicago, including Local Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and Account Executive.

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