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KPIX-Channel 5 Hires Blogger, Weather Anchor

Now, here’s a job description we never thought would get through H.R.: Local newscast blogger.

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Brittney Gilbert joins the staff of KPIX-Channel 5 on November 19th as a blogger.

“Brittney was the first, as near as we can tell, blogger to be hired by a local television newsroom for the purposes of blogging and we’re happy that she’ll now be joining our innovative team,” says Jim Parker, KPIX’s Director of Internet Operations. “In her role with us, she’ll spearhead a new community interaction feature.”

Gilbert will comb through the daily blogs in the Bay Area, highlighting posts that she finds funny, provocative, insightful or informative on her blog.

“Think of Brittney as the Web equivalent of a newspaper columnist, but with robust community involvement,” Parker says. “We also plan an automated blog aggregator and the opportunity for user comments, all to launch sometime after the first of the year.”

Blogs. Not just a funny word anymore. It’s a way of life.

Like the weather.

Tracy Humphrey joins CBS 5 Early Edition Eyewitness News at 5 a.m. and noon as a weather anchor in December.

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“Tracy combines forecasting expertise with energy, enthusiasm and a wonderful sense of humor. She is a great addition to our successful morning news team.” said Dan Rosenheim, KPIX Vice President and News Director.

Humphrey came to KPIX from WNYW, the Fox affiliate in New York, where she has been the weekend weathercaster for the last four years. Prior to that, she reported weather for WPHL in Philadelphia; WKBW in Buffalo; WTVH in Syracuse and WJCL in Savannah.

She earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Alabama and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society, National Association of Black Journalists and Big Brothers and Sisters of New York City.

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