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TV briefs: 11Alive's Tracy Humphrey, CBS46's CB Hackworth, local on 'Kelly & Michael'

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Friday, June 19, 2015

Meteorologist Tracy Humphrey, who arrived at 11 Alive a year ago as the weekend meteorologist and weekend feature reporter, was moved soon after to the weekday Atlanta Alive team with Vinnie Politan.

She's now going to do a hybrid, working with Atlanta Alive three days a week and joining Blayne Alexander on weekend mornings reporting weather and feature news.

Humphrey has previously worked in Philadelphia, Buffalo, Syracuse and Savannah.

11 Alive's weather team, dubbed "Storm Trackers," include chief meteorologist Chris Holcomb, Chesley McNeil, Samantha Mohr and Humphrey. Julie Martin will continue in a freelance role along with Allison Chinchar, who also works with CNN.

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CBS46 General Manager Mark Pimentel has brought in a gaggle of new faces to CBS46 but also a few older ones from his past including Fred Kalil from 11Alive. His latest pickup: CB Hackworth as new producer for special projects, the same job he had at 11 Alive in the early 1990s when Pimentel was the news director there.

Hackworth is not a household name among average viewers, being a behind-the-scenes guy. But he's been in Atlanta media for several decades.

He began working in TV at Channel 2 Action News from 1987 to 1990 as an associate producer, became a producer of special projects from 1991 to 1997 at 11 Alive.  He became a senior producer for local programming at WSB from 1997 to 2005.

For the past deacde, Hackworth partnered with Andrew Young, the former United Nations Ambassador, two- term Atlanta Mayor and civil right leader. They created and launched a series of syndicated Emmy-winning television specials. Their program “Andrew Young Presents,” is now in its seventh season and is seen in 100 markets in the U.S. and worldwide on American Forces Network.

Clearly, this hire is an effort by CBS46 to create more original programming.


Courtney Rushing of Powder Springs with Nene Leakes and Michael Strahan during the production of "Live! with Kelly and Michael" in New York on Tuesday June 16, 2015. Photo: Rob Tannenbaum/Disney ABC Home Entertainment and TV DistributionCourtney Rushing, Nene Leakes and Michael Strahan are pictured during the production of "Live! with Kelly and Michael" in New York on Tuesday June 16, 2015. Photo: Rob Tannenbaum/Disney ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution

Courtney Rushing of Kennesaw appeared this morning on "Live with Kelly and Michael" on WSB at 9 a.m.

Atlanta's NeNe Leakes was filling in for Kelly Ripa.

She is the fourth semi-finalist in “LIVE’s Search for America’s New Grill Star.” Courtney got in the kitchen with Michael Strahan and Leakes to make her pineapple, avocado and shrimp salsa.

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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