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Ch. 9 investigative reporter pens reptile love story for kids

Jason Stoogenke
Jason Stoogenke

WSOC investigative reporter Jason Stoogenke has written and illustrated a children’s book called “Swamp Swoon” available on Amazon. Plot: an alligator and crocodile fall in love but have trouble starting a family. … Gina Esposito will join WSOC (Channel 9) as morning reporter from the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colo., in May. …

Tina Luque is the new news director at WJZY (Channel 46). She was most recently news director at the CBS affiliate in Norfolk and has had executive duties at WIS (Channel 10) in Columbia and WCSC (Channel 5) in Charleston. …

Among media personalities in Saturday night’s “Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte” competition at the Booth Playhouse benefiting the Carolina Breast Friends are Page Crawford of WJZY and Danielle Trotta of Fox Sports 1. … Del Curry, analyst for the Charlotte Hornets TV broadcasts on Fox Sports Southeast, is out for the rest of the season with knee surgery but still making appearances by phone. …

John Hancock of WBT-AM (1110) was the only Charlotte personality named this week in the annual “Heavy Hundred” list of leading radio talk-show hosts nationally by industry trade publication Talkers Magazine. … Joe McClain, who voiced hundreds of commercial spots in his nearly 20 years at WBT, has left the station and is moving to Ireland. …

Retired CMPD homicide detective Garry McFadden will be the focus of a new Investigation Discovery series called “I Am Homicide” beginning in June. … Ashley Fahey joins the Charlotte Business Journal as real estate reporter from the Island Packet in Hilton Head. …

Jonathan Piscitelli, president of American Advertising Federation Charlotte, announced that local agencies have moved on to national competitions for their work. Among the agencies were Wray Ward with four nominations, HMH Agency with three; Luquire George Andrews, Mythic and Variable for two; and one each for Caravan, Plaid Penguin, Birdsong Gregory and Tattoo Projects. Student nominees were Giselle Ivette Hernandez and Charles William Glade.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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