CBS 3 4 p.m. co-anchor Angela Russell will soon be leaving the station where she started in early 2006. We're told her contract was not renewed. E-mails to Russell and a station spokeswoman were not immediately returned this morning. We'll update the post if/when we hear more from them or any other details on Russell's departure. CBS 3 Vice President of Communications Joanne Calabria just got back to us and declined to comment on Russell.
Brian Hickey, a Philly.com video producer, Metro columnist, former managing editor for City Paper, and all around good dude is in a medically-induced coma after being critically injured Friday night in a hit-and-run in Collingswood, N.J.
The Metro's Brian X. McCrone is reporting that Hickey, 35, was struck by a car on Atlantic Avenue near the Collingswood PATCO station around 10:15 following a night out with friends. He was in intensive care at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, Hickey's wife Angela Klem told the paper.
“They left him for dead and luckily there was one neighbor who heard the screeching of the tires,” Klem said. “The resident saw the car but couldn’t identify it. Maybe if the driver has a conscience he’ll turn himself in.”
No word on whether she'll be in costume but Halloween will be traffic anchor Dorothy Krysiuk's last day at Fox 29, a station spokeswoman confirmed yesterday. Sources say that Krysiuk, who has worked early-morning hours at Fox since 2001, wants to take a break from television and that the desire to not renew her contract was mutual. Early this morning Krysiuk returned an e-mail we sent her Saturday referring us to her agent Lloyd Zane Remick who was not immediately available for comment.
Fox 29's Kerri-Lee Halkett has gotten hitched. The anchorbabe married lawyer boyfriend Kirt Mayland on a weekend trip to New Orleans earlier this month. Halkett wrote about the trip on her blog but failed to mention the nuptials. Mayland, 37, who formerly worked on Wall Street, has moved to Philadelphia from Connecticut. The pair began dating earlier this year. Halkett, 37, has a three-and-a-half-year-old son from a previous marriage. Friends say you shouldn't search for a ring on Halkett's finger but she got a tattoo marking the wedding that will likely only be visible in a bikini. Mayland, we're told, got "KL" tattooed on his left hand ring finger. Reached this afternoon Halkett said only that she's "with a wonderful man and I've never been happier."
Lori Delgado resigned from NBC 10 as of yesterday, sources say. The news station is expected this afternoon to announce Delgado's departure. As we reported today, Delgado was just named, along with NBC 10 and its president Dennis Bianchi in a Common Pleas Court libel lawsuit by former anchor Vince DeMentri. DeMentri disappeared from the station in July after meeting with news director Chris Blackman over an alleged incident in the parking lot in which Delgado’s car had been vandalized. As we have reported, DeMentri, who is now divorced, and Delgado, who is married, once enjoyed a particularly close friendship, that soured at some point. Delgado filed a report with the Lower Merion Police Department. A Lower Merion Township official later said the department considered the report a nonissue and was not pursuing the matter any further. Delgado’s attorney Eric Weitz did not return calls yesterday or this afternoon about his client our call yesterday. Delgado had not been seen on air for about a week. Yesterday, station spokeswoman Eva Blackwell insisted the anchor was on a previously scheduled vacation. Delgado, 29, started at NBC 10 in early 2005.
The filing was a "praecipe to issue writ of summons," one of two ways to initiate a lawsuit. Typically the move is done when a more detailed civil complaint is forthcoming. DeMentri's attorneys did not return a call yesterday seeking more information. According to court records, DeMentri is suing for libel and slander, though the full filing was not available yesterday at City Hall.
The station has never publicly commented on DeMentri's absence, which began July 3, after he met with news director Chris Blackman over an alleged incident in the station's Bala Cynwyd parking lot in which Delgado's car had been vandalized. As we have reported, DeMentri, who is now divorced, and Delgado, who is married, once enjoyed a particularly close friendship that soured at some point.
NBC 10 anchor Lori Delgado ran from the newsroom in tears yesterday morning which we are told was possibly related to having read in our column that her former colleague Vince DeMentri finally would be discussing his departure from the station with an Inquirer columnist. That interview could shed light on whatever DeMentri was alleged to have done to the married Delgado, with whom he once enjoyed a particularly close friendship. An NBC 10 spokeswoman declined to comment on Delgado's abrupt departure from the newsroom, saying that the station does not discuss matters of personnel. Delgado did not return an e-mail we sent her yesterday.
New Jersey native Thomas Drayton has been named co-anchor of Fox 29's News at Five and News at Ten. He'll start next week. Drayton will anchor alongside Kerri-Lee Halkett on the 5 p.m. and Dawn Stensland on the 10.
He replaces the well-liked Dave Huddleston whom the station chose not to renew in May. Drayton comes to the station from Sacramento's Fox affiliate KTXL where he co-anchored the 10 p.m. newscast. He's also worked in Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, but says he's happy to return to this area which he remembers from his Jersey youth.