WFOR reporter Gio Benitez is leaving the station and jumping ship to the ABC Network. Benitez is joining as a correspondent for the network and according to the announcement sent out by ABC News president Ben Sherwood, he will be reporting on “all platforms” and will be based in New York City. He starts early in 2013.
Rhiannon Ally is joining WFOR as weekday morning co-anchor. She comes from CBS-owned WCBS in New York City. Turns out she’s not exactly replacing Marybel Rodriguez, who has co-anchored the morning shows since Cynthia Demos was promoted to the main newscast. Rodriguez was an interim anchor while the station looked at candidates.
Rhiannon Ally is also the wife of WSVN anchor Mike Marza who came to South Florida not long ago from ABC News. Her first day is February 13
Mike Marza, as he will be known, is joining WSVN as anchor of 7news at 4, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 newscasts, replacing Charles Billi who left the station in February. Marza might look familiar to you if you watch ABC News except there he was known as Mike Marusarz, he has anchored and reported for Good Morning America, World News Now, World News and other ABC properties.
He started his career at Fox News in 2004, spent 2 years at WIBW in Topeka Kansas, from 2005 to 2010 he was at KSHB in Kansas City, Missouri working as multimedia journalist and weekend anchor before heading to News 12 Long Island where he freelanced for 6 months as anchor and reporter.
Mike Marza’s first day on WSVN 7News at 4 is July 11
Check out his demo “sizzle” reel (a sneaky shot of his big muscles in there too by the way) after the jump
Rumors in the WSVN newsplex had it that former reporter Don Guevara landed a reporting gig for ABC News in LA. A reader also tells us they spotted Don on Friday on Miami’s ABC affiliate WPLG during the noon news.
After some checking around we can say that yes, Don Guevara is now reporting for ABC news and its affiliates throughout the country out of Los Angelis