FOX 8, announce newsgathering partnership

Published: Jun. 25, 2013 at 9:19 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM CDT
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FOX 8/WVUE and Times-Picayune have entered into a newsgathering partnership that will combine the journalistic resources of FOX 8's Peabody and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning investigative reporting team and the T-P's Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, the largest print and online newsgathering operation in the state.

As part of the agreement, FOX 8 Chief Investigative Anchor/Reporter Lee Zurik will collaborate with enterprise editor Manuel Torres and a wide range of reporters on investigative special reports that will be jointly featured on WVUE newscasts,, The Times-Picayune and its new newsstand edition, TP Street.

FOX 8 also will provide weather reports for Times-Picayune from the most experienced team of meteorologists in Louisiana. Led by Chief Meteorologist Bob Breck, Bruce Katz, Nicondra Norwood and Chris Franklin, the team has a combined 91 years' forecasting experience, 73 of those years in Louisiana. Veteran Times-Picayune environment reporter Mark Schleifstein, whose ongoing coverage of New Orleans' flawed levee system foretold Hurricane Katrina's devastation and contributed to the newspaper's 2006 Pulitzer Prize, will add his expertise to the two newsrooms' storm coverage as well, giving FOX 8 and unparalleled meteorological reporting experience and depth. reporters also will periodically provide breaking news updates and analysis on WVUE newscasts, both in the studio and from the field. The two news organizations will share photo and video content, with some FOX 8 segments and live streams showcased on and some video and photos broadcast on WVUE.

The new content-sharing initiatives in news build on the strategic media partnership the two companies' announced last summer. As they did last year, sports reporters and columnists will again this season provide expert analysis to FOX 8's coverage of the New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans and LSU with weekly in-studio appearances on "Game Plan," "FOX 8 Live Tailgate," and "Final Play." FOX 8 Sports reporters also will continue to make regular appearances on's video sports programming, including "Black and Gold Daily."

Entertainment coverage also will be shared as part of the partnership. Movie critic Mike Scott currently appears every Friday on WVUE's "Morning Edition," and music critic Keith Spera will soon offer his nightclub and concert hot picks every Wednesday on the FOX 8 morning newscast.

"We are proud to expand the partnership between the legendary Times-Picayune, and the only locally owned television news station in New Orleans," said FOX 8 President and General Manager Joe Cook. "The partnership began last August and has greatly enriched the content on all of our combined platforms. We expect to see more strategic partnerships like this copied around the country."

"In FOX 8/WVUE, we have found a partner whose commitment to journalistic excellence and serious watchdog reporting equals our own," said Ricky Mathews, President and Publisher of Times-Picayune. "The team at WVUE has been an excellent partner in our sports and entertainment efforts. We are thrilled to be taking our collaboration to a new level."