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Television notes

Reporter parts ways with WFTS

Published December 10, 2005

Robin Guess, known for tenacious on-camera investigations, is leaving WFTS-Ch. 28's news team, marking the second member of the investigative team to leave the station in a year.

Guess said she cleaned out her office this week and severs ties formally with the station Jan. 1. She cited philosophical differences with station managers but said the split was amicable. "I'm not mad at them," she said Friday. "I respect the fact that they feel they need to do something different."

WFTS this year appointed Chris Jadick as news director. And in December 2004, investigative reporter Mike Mason left the station.

Guess joined WFTS in 2001, moving here from Orlando. She quickly broke the scandal of former Tampa city housing department head Steve LaBrake, which led to indictments and a five-year federal prison sentence for trading city contracts for personal favors from builders.

Guess' work included an investigation this year that led to the arrest of a Sarasota plastic surgeon and last month's piece on a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office risk manager drinking during lunch breaks, which led to his resignation.

"I'm proud of the work we've done here," she said. "I think we really made a difference. We really touched people."

WFTS station officials could not be reached for comment Friday.

Guess said that, for the first time in 10 years, she is going to take a break before exploring new options.

In addition to her work at WKMG in Orlando, Guess has worked for CNN and stations in St. Louis, Seattle and California.

Additions at Bright House

Nancy Alexander, a morning radio host who made a TV splash during eight years of "Out There" segments for WTVT-Ch. 13 before leaving last year, is set to join Bright House television's digital on-demand service.

Alexander's addition to the Bright House and Bay News 9 stable was one of several moves announced this week by the cable television provider. Other changes include the addition of Erica Riggins as reporter and weekend anchor of Your Morning News, and former Tampa City Council member Bob Buckhorn to the Bay News 9 political team, analyzing elections and joining Bay News 9 political discussion panel Political Connections. The news operation also adds WFLA-AM 970 radio commentator Tedd Webb to elections coverage starting with next year's primaries.

Alexander, half of the WMTX-FM 100.7 Nancy & Mike morning team with Mike Reeves, will do short features for Tampa Bay on Demand, Bright House digital channel 340. Bay News 9 news director Mike Gautreau said the segments bring Alexander back to TV without the pressure of daily newscast deadlines added to her morning radio duties.

Reeves joined Bay News 9 with Extra on the Town: Dining reports in October.

Bright House cable reaches more than 1-million homes in the Tampa Bay area.

[Last modified December 10, 2005, 09:33:02]

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