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WBTV reporter Pam Escobar moves to courthouse public relations

Pam Escobar
Pam Escobar

Pamela Escobar leaves WBTV (Channel 3) after three years to become community access and outreach administrator for the Mecklenburg County courthouse. … Julianna White joins “News Rising” at WCCB (Channel 18). White was Miss Sprint Cup, Miss New Jersey USA and worked as a product model at QVC shopping channel. She has a degree in communications from the College of New Jersey. …

Micah Smith joins WBTV as a reporter from the CBS affiliate in Johnson City, Tenn. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri. … Anniversary of note: Steve Ohnesorge marks 40 years at WBTV. …

Amber Statler-Matthews joins WJZY (Channel 46) as assistant news director. Previously, she worked at stations in Miami and ran her own media business. … Charlotte Observer writer Elizabeth Leland retires after a 31-year newspaper career. Her stories about the Carolinas coast became a nonfiction book, “The Vanishing Coast” …

Among local winners in the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas awards: Jason Stoogenke and Mike Stolp of WSOC (Channel 9) get first place in consumer news; Jeff Sonier and Doug Stacker of WTVI (Channel 42) get a first in education coverage and Stacker and Jeff Rivenbark get a second place; Sonier and Stacker get a second place in entertainment coverage; Nick Ochsner, Corey Schmidt and Andrew Feather of WBTV get a first place in general news; Dan Yesenosky of WCNC (Channel 36) gets a first place in general news and Xavier Walton of WCNC gets a second place.

Also, Paul Boyd of WSOC gets a first place in investigative; Ochsner, Schmidt and Shaun Donithan of WBTV get a first place in political reporting; Phil Orban of WSOC gets a first place in sports reporting; David Sentendrey and Neima Abdulahi of WJZY are named multimedia journalists of the year; Sonier of WTVI gets second place for news reporter of the year; Ashley Stroehlein of WBTV gets second place for sportscaster of the year; WCNC got first place for sports special; WSOC got first place for public service and second places for news series, best newscast, news website and special report.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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