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Media Movers: Brittney Johnson moves up to weekend anchor at Ch. 9

Brittney Johnson
Brittney Johnson

At WSOC (Channel 9), Brittney Johnson moves up from reporter to weekend morning news anchor. Johnson, who went to West Charlotte High School, Howard University and University of California at Berkeley, came from the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark., in March. …

​Emily Collins joins WJZY (Channel 46) as reporter from the NBC station in Waco, Texas. … Mark Rochester has been named editor of The (Rock Hill) Herald, succeeding Paul Osmundson, who rejoined The State newspaper in Columbia. Rochester comes from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he was deputy managing editor. … Brian Melton is named editor of The Lancaster News and its sister papers, succeeding the retiring Barbara Rutledge. …

David Boraks, weekend host at WFAE-FM (NPR, 90.7), becomes the station’s environmental reporter, replacing Ben Bradford, who went to the NPR affiliate in Sacramento, Calif. … Craig Hume has been named senior regional news director of Time Warner Cable News North Carolina and will be based in Raleigh. …

“Nova: Making North America,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, PBS, host Kirk Johnson visits the Duke University Lemur Center and paleontologist Doug Boyer to explain how the big-eyed primate originated in ancient North America. …

Winners of Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas awards over the weekend were first place for Kristy Nation of WCNC (Channel 36) for best newscast; first place for Nation as producer of the year; first place for Jeff Sonier and Doug Stacker of WTVI (Channel 42) for consumer reporting and second place for Kristen Miranda and Brian Stephenson of WBTV (Channel 3); second place for Miranda and Stephenson for entertainment; first place by Neima Abdulahi of WJZY for general news and second place to David Sentendrey of WJZY; second place for Abdulahi for multimedia journalist of the year; first place for Pam Escobar and Corey Schmidt of WBTV for hard news feature; second place for Molly Grantham and Leighton Grant of WBTV for series; second place for Brad Hyatt, John Carter and Christine Sperow of WBTV for spot news; first place for Carter, Sperow, Miranda, Al Conklin and Chris Larson of WBTV for news anchor team of the year; first place for Barbara Pinson Lash, Geoff Roth and Claire Hosmann for use of technology and second place to Joe Bruno of WJZY; first place for Laurabree Monday, Lucas McFadden, David Metzl and Trey Maggio of CN2 in Rock Hill for health-medicine; second place for CN2 for documentary. …

Former Channel 9 anchor Debi Faubion served as host for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs event at the Ritz in Charlotte, a fundraiser for research into birth defects. … Abby Gervais, an interior design student at the Art Institute of Charlotte, won $25,000 toward college on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last week.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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