Introducing Herb Stevens, GoLocalProv’s Skiing Weatherman
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
“Herb Stevens is the authority on skiing conditions in New England. We are excited that his video reports will appear each Thursday throughout the winter on both GoLocalWorcester and GoLocalProv,” said Josh Fenton, Co-Founder and CEO at GoLocal24, the parent company to GoLocalProv.com and GoLocalWorcester.com.
“I am incredibly excited to be teaming with GoLocal. We strive to bring the skier the best tools to plan their trips and enjoy New England’s outdoors. GoLocal is the perfect platform to distribute our content to New Englanders,” said Stevens.
Stevens has had a sweeping career ranging from meteorologist to sportsman. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Herb went on to a career as a caddy on the PGA Tour for five years before launching his career as a meteorologist. After one year at WJAR-TV in Providence, RI, Stevens became one of the original on-camera meteorologists at The Weather Channel. Later, he became the Chief Meteorologist at WNYT-TV in Albany, NY. As part of his duties at WNYT, Stevens pioneered a weekly on-snow ski report, which later became his full-time job, The Skiing Weatherman.
“Since we launched GoLocalProv in 2010, we have had an absolute commitment to invest in high quality enterprise journalism. We have broken many of the biggest stories in Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” said Fenton.
In the past year, GoLocal has realized multi-hundred percent growth in pageviews, unique visitors and revenue. GoLocal is becoming a part of its community’s daily lives – now realizing more than 300% year-over-year in pageview growth in Providence.
In Worcester, traffic in the first year is already the 2nd largest digital source in Central Massachusetts, delivering more than 2 million pageviews per month. Combined, GoLocalProv and GoLocalWorcester exceed 7.5 million pageviews per month.
Herb is available throughout the Northeast including Concord, NH, Boston, MA, Albany/Schenectady/Troy, NY, Kingston, NY, White Plains/Westchester CO., NY, all of New Jersey (5 related papers…NJ.com), New Haven, CT…plus 2 related CT papers as well as exclusively with GoLocal in Providence and Worcester.
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The long time Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr was sent packing by the new ownership group.
The unceremonious dismissal ended the tenure of the Projo's only true news columnist.
Kerr was talented and often controversial.
The long-time publisher was Belo's man in Providence. Howard Sutton was the man that implemented the changes that Dallas wanted to try and make the company more efficient and more profitable.
The results were dismal. Maybe no newspaper in the country lost a higher precentage of ad revenue than the Projo over the past decade.
He was the face of the paper in the community.
Rick Daniels has joined GoLocal24 as Chief Operating Officer.
Daniels is the former President of the Boston Globe. He also served as CEO of Gatehouse Media for New England and led a consortium of investors who attempted to purchase the Boston Globe from the New York Times Company in 2013.
Daniels then went on to play a key role at Empirical Media Advisors based in New York, focused mainly on Tribune Publishing, where Emprical’s co-founder and CEO, Jack Griffin, recently took the role of CEO.
Fred Campagna has joined FOX25 in Boston.
Before Campagna began working at FOX25, he served as the Chief On-Air Meteorologist at ABC6 for fourteen years.
After leaving ABC6 in July 2012, Campagna launched his own digital weather platform, Right Weather.
WLNE-TV has fired anchor Karen Meyers. She had been with the station since 2011.
Meyers had anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news with John DeLuca. Sources say station management opted not to renew her contract and decided to go in another direction.
Before Meyers joined ABC6, she was a reporter/anchor with New England Cable News and was a reporter in Washington, DC.
According to RIPR reporter Ian Donnis, Providence Journal's Health Reporter is leaving. Felice Freyer has been the sole reporter covering Rhode Island's largest businss sector.
Freyer leaves for the Boston Globe.
Her departure follows Phil Marcelo who recently left the Projo for AP in Boston.
Editor's note: An earlier version incorrectly had RIPR reporter Scott MacKay as breaking the story.
Veteran radio reporter Flo Jonic recently was fired by RINPR after she filed complaints against the station for gender-based pay discrimination.
Jonic is a 30 year veteran of New England news radio.
In her charge filed in February, Jonic wrote, "I believe that I have been discriminated against based on my sex by my employer," and referred to the difference in her pay and that of RIPR reporter Ian Donnis.
"Currently, [reporter] Ian Donnis earns at least $75,000 a year, while I make $51,000 per year. We perform the same duties, and I have 32 more years experience than he does," wrote Jonic in her complaint.
After a seven year stint reporting for the Providence Journal's state house bureau, Phil Marcelo left the paper to take a reporting gig with the Boston office of the Associated Press.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Marcelo came to ProJo in 2006, and covered everything from regional news, to Providence City Hall and the Statehouse. Marcelo's departure was first reported by WRNI's Ian Donnis.
Formerly a nightly news reporter for WJAR, Tremmel was fired from the "Team You Trust" after two clips, one of her performing on-air handstands, and the other offering tips on what to do during a bear attack, went viral.
The video became an internet sensation, but long-time Channel 10 newsman Jim Taricani called Tremmel’s antics “a smudge on our station's reputation.”
A long-time staple of Channel 10’s news team, Taricani announced plans to retire after over three decades with the station.
Taricani has won 5 regional Emmy awards, an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism and a Prestigious Yankee Quill Award from the New England Newspaper Association.
He was convicted to six months in prison in 2004 for refusing to reveal a source, and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.
WPRO talk show host has come under fire for comments he made on air regarding women. Leading union organizations have called for DePetro to be fired.
Most recently, he has been on announced suspension.
DePetro apologized for his comments.
Ron St. Pierre
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