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Media Movers: Anjanette Flowers leaves WCNC for county job

Anjanette Flowers
Anjanette Flowers

Daytime anchor Anjanette Flowers leaves WCNC (Channel 36) after seven years to become public information manager for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. … Kelsey Riggs joins WCNC as sports reporter. She grew up in Charleston and comes from the CBS affiliate in Myrtle Beach. …

Charlotte-based Jon Buchan, one of the most prominent media attorneys in the Carolinas, joins Essex Richards law firm after 37 years at McGuireWoods and its predecessor firms. Buchan is also board chair at WFAE-FM (NPR 90.7). …

News director Karen Koutsky parted ways last week with WJZY (Channel 46) after a year. Koutsky, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, came to WJZY from WGHP, the Fox affiliate in High Point. News ratings for WJZY continue to sag, and it runs last against competitors in every newscast. … Former WCCB (Channel 18) anchor Brien Blakely starts at WJZY (Channel 46) as morning host. He had been at the Fox affiliate in Seattle. …

For the many who have asked, WSOC (Channel 9) anchor Erica Bryant is off on a planned leave and will return to the anchor desk in the second week of February. … Rick Smiley brings his syndicated morning show to WQNC-FM (“The Block” 92.7) beginning this week. …

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Hall of Fame in Salisbury will induct Chris Berman, Billy Packer, Gary Smith and the late David Halberstam in June. It will also honor Chuck Kaiton of the Carolina Hurricanes Radio Network as North Carolina sportscaster of the year, Tom Sorensen, who recently retired from The Charlotte Observer, as North Carolina sportswriter of the year, Rick Henry of WIS in Columbia as South Carolina sportscaster of the year and Gene Sapakoff of the Charleston Post and Courier as South Carolina sportswriter of the year.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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