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Media Movers: Leah Rubertino leaving WBTV sports

Leah Rubertino
Leah Rubertino

Sunday is Leah Rubertino’s last day at WBTV (Channel 3) sports. She’s getting married in September and planning to go into public relations in Charlotte, though may still do some freelance sports reporting. Rubertino, a Cleveland native, worked at Speed Channel before going to Channel 3. …

Former WBTV reporter David Spunt, now working in Philadelphia, married Andrea Cameron, daughter of anchor Paul Cameron, over the weekend in Charlotte. … Former WCNC (Channel 36) morning anchor Kellie Patterson, now in Denver, has announced that she’s expecting her first child in September. …

It may have been a disappointing season for coach Steve Clifford, but the name change to the Hornets seems to have worked: ratings for the team’s games on Fox SportSouth in Charlotte were up 43 percent year-to-year, tying the 2010-11 season with the Bobcats, the best mark for the team on the network. Opening night Oct. 29 against Milwaukee was the best-watched game, with nearly three times the average number of viewers. …

“Newport Effect,” a documentary about the Newport Folk Festival produced and directed by Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young of Charlotte’s Naka Productions, has been picked up for national distribution by American Public Television and will air in at least seven cities in May. … WBT-AM’s (1110) Keith Larson will lead his 13th Keith’s Ride, a charity motorcycle event benefiting the Zach Ramsey Children’s Cancer Fund and local children battling life-threatening illnesses, on Saturday.

mwashburn@charlotteobserver.com

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