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What Ever Happened to these TV Personalities in Pittsburgh?

They come into our homes, greeting us each day, and then one day you discover they are no longer on the news and you wonder...whatever happened to a certain television personality. PUM finds out for you - listed below is an update on what is happening with some of the more prominent journalist you may remember.

John Christian, Former Radio and Television Personality, affectionally known as "Sir Walter"

John ChristianUpdate: John Christian, aka, Sir Walter, says John passed away in the evening of November 29, 2009 after a long illness, he was 92 years old. 

Services will be private and the family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the POISE Foundation. The address is: POISE FOUNDATION :    One Gateway Center,   Suite 500,  420 Fort Duquesne Boulevard,   Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Sir Walter Raleigh was the Prince of Soul DJ's in the early days of Pittsburgh R&B radio.
Christian first hit the airwaves, as a radio announcer in Pittsburgh for WAMO, and later as a newscaster, producer and talk show host for WPXI-TV. He retired from WPXI-TV in 1992 after 22 years. As a golf enthusiast, Christian raised more a substantial amount of money for area social services through his annual charity golf tournament. 

Christian first hit the airwaves, as a radio announcer in Pittsburgh for WAMO, and later as a newscaster, producer and talk show host for WPXI-TV. He retired from WPXI-TV in 1992 after 22 years. As a golf enthusiast, Christian raised more a substantial amount of money for area social services through his annual charity golf tournament.

Read more about Christian: click here

Reg Chapman- Former WPXI-TV Reporter

Update: Reg Chapman joined WCCO-TV, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May of 2009.
Reg joined WCCO from WNBC -TV in New York City where he covered an array of stories for the station including the Coney Island plane crash, the crane collapse on the city's east side, 50 shots fired at motorist Sean Bell by New York Police, and a lacrosse team assault at Fairfield High School in Connecticut.

Prior to that, Reg was a crime-beat reporter at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis. Reg also reported at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, Pa., were he covered major news stories such as the crash of Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001 and the rescue of the miners at Que Creek Mine in Somerset County, Pa.

Before that, Reg was a reporter/anchor for WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, WOWT-TV in Omaha, Neb. and KTIV-TV in Sioux City, Iowa.

More information: http://wcco.com/bios/reg.chapman.reporter.9.1022710.html

DELLA CREWS - Former WPXI morning/noon anchor

Della CrewsUpdate: Television News Anchor & Personality for News 12 New Jersey a 24-hour regional news channel reaching more than 1.8 million television homes within the New York City metropolitan area.

Prior to that position, Della spent time as the 5PM co-anchor and medical beat reporter at WSAZ-TV 3 in Huntington- Charleston, West Virginia from 1998-2000. In 2000, Della was hired by News 12 New Jersey in Edison, NJ. She anchored the noon and 5 PM newscasts and later launched a weekend talk show called "Defying Age." In 2005, Della became the solo anchor for the 5, 6:30, and 10 PM newscasts. She also re-launched her talk show as "Spotlight New Jersey"-- a show which focuses on notable people of all ages.

Read some of Della's blogs: http://blogs.news12.com/newjersey/author/djcrews/

Deidra Dukes-Former WXPI-TV Reporter/Anchor

Deidra DukesUpdate: FOX 5 Reporter/ Weekend Anchor in Atlanta
When Deidra Dukes is not reporting the big story from the field, you can watch her anchor FOX 5 WEEKENDS at 6:00pm & 10:00pm.

A member of the FOX 5 family since 2005, Deidra, a California native, earned her B.A. in Communications at Chico State (go Wildcats!). She got her first big break in television as an anchor-reporter in Fresno and Redding. From the sunny West Coast, she headed north to do general assignment reporting at Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV. Three years later, Atlanta viewers first saw Deidra reporting for cross-town rival WSB-TV. She made the leap to FOX 5 NEWS in 2005.
Every television station needs reporters who can handle any type of story. From criminal cases, to City Hall, to just plain unpredictable, Deidra goes the extra mile for every assignment! She is most proud of her contributions to metro Atlanta’s biggest stories, like the Fulton County Courthouse shootings.
Since making the move to Atlanta, Deidra has involved herself in a number of community programs, working closely with groups like Junior League of Atlanta, the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, and as an adviser to the American Red Cross Minority Recruitment Program. Deidra and her son make their home in south Fulton County.

Website: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/about_us/fox_5_people/deidra_dukes_biography_011809
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DR. LORAN MANN-Former WPXI-TV Anchor Reporter

Loran MannUpdate: Founded the Pentecostal Temple Church at 6300 E. Liberty Blvd. in 1971, he is the Senior Pastor of the 1,000-member congregation, retired from broadcasting in 1996 after working 30 years in the business, including 20 years at WPXI-TV.
The ministry of Rev. Loran E. Mann spans more than forty years and is synonymous with spiritual, inspirational and visionary leadership. In 1991 Rev. Mann led his congregation in dedicating a new constructed $1.2 million dollar sanctuary.

The ministry of Rev. Loran E. Mann spans more than thirty years and is synonymous with spiritual, inspirational and visionary leadership. In 1991 Rev. Mann led his congregation in dedicating a new constructed $1.2 million dollar sanctuary. Five years later Rev. Mann relinquished a distinguished career as a television news anchor/reporter to enter full-time ministry. A mentor to numerous ministers and pastors, Rev. Mann is First Administrative Assistant of the Church of God in Christ, First Jurisdiction-Western Pennsylvania, Superintendent of the Central District, a member of the Executive Committee of the General Assembly, the legislative branch of the Church of God in Christ. In 2000, Bishop G.E. Patterson, Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, appointed Rev. Mann as Commissioner of Broadcasting for the denomination. In March 2005, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell appointed Pastor Mann as a member of the Public Television Network Commission, which oversees all public TV stations in the Commonwealth.

Derrick Gunn-Former Sports Anchor & Reporter WPXI-TV

Derrick GunnUpdate: Host & Anchor for Comcast SportsNet, located in Philadelphia.
Derrick brings over 20 years of sports reporting experience to CSN, including ten years as weekend sports anchor and reporter at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, PA. During his time with WPXI-TV, Derrick hosted several successful Pittsburgh Steelers programs. In addition to Derrick's "SportsNite" anchor duties, he reports from the field before every Eagles game for "Pregame Live" and may be best known for his insightful player interviews during "Eagles Postgame Live."

More iformation: http://csnphilly.com/pages/talent

Barron James-Former WTAE Weekend Anchor

Barron JamesUpdate: Anchor FOX 4 News at 5 and 10 weeknights in Dallas, Texas
Since joining FOX 4, Barron reported, anchored from the field and anchored extended live coverage of the Shuttle Columbia disaster, Sept. 11th attacks, the funeral for President Ronald Reagan and North Texas' infamous severe weather.

I spent four years in Pittsburgh as weekend anchor at ABC affiliate WTAE-TV 4. Prior to "the 'Burgh" I co-anchored the 5 p.m. newscast at NBC affiliate WSFA-TV 12 in Montgomery, Alabama.

I began my television broadcast career in 1988 as a morning talk show host/anchor/reporter at NBC affliate KTVE-TV in Monroe, Louisiana after studying pre-Med at Xavier University of New Orleans, then wrapping up journalism school at Louisiana Tech University.

Contact Barron: bjames@foxtv.com or follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JamesBarronFOX4

C.S. KEYS -Former Weather Anchor at WPXI-TV & KDKA-TV

C. S. KeysUpdate: C.S. Keys is a prominent Television Weathercaster in San Diego, California.

C.S. Keys came to San Diego in April of 2000 as the morning weathercaster for the KUSI Morning News. He quickly became one of the top television personalities in San Diego. After four (4) years he joined San Diego 6 (formerly FOX 6) Ten O’clock News as their Sports Director/Anchor and host of “That Sunday Sports Show.”

Before coming to San Diego, C.S. delivered the weather forecast for WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for three years making their morning program one of the top rated news programs in the market. Prior to that, C.S. was the main weather anchor for competitor KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. C.S.’ arrival to KDKA made him the first African-American to anchor the weather in the Pittsburgh market. Described as “the most dynamic personality to come into the market in years”, C.S. was known as “the number one African-American presence or role model outside of athletics.”

Prior to working in Pittsburgh, C.S. worked as weather anchor and talk show host for WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He began his broadcasting career as a sports reporter/anchor for WTVD-TV in Durham, North Carolina.

Visit C.S. Keys official website: www.CSKEYS.com

Nina Pineda-Former WTAE-Reporter

Nina PinedaUpdate: Nina is a reporter for WABC-TV in New York City.

Prior to making the move the "Big Apple" Nina worked in her hometown of Pittsburgh, "The Steel City" for the ABC affiliate WTAE-TV. Nina's first job in the news business was a position as the AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) reporter-trainee for WTTG-TV; the Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Before becoming a journalist, Nina's work included lobbying on Capital Hill for Governor Mario Cuomo's Washington Office and a position with the Presidential Inaugural Committee handling celebrity relations for former President Bill Clinton.

More information: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/bio?section=resources/inside_station/newsteam&id=5771956

Gina Redmond- Former News Anchor WPXI-TV & WTAE

Gina RedmondUpdate: Gina is the co-anchor of NBC 13's 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. newscasts in Birmingham, Alabama.

Gina arrived in Central Alabama in late June 2005. Although she truly consider Alabama home, she is actually from the City of Brotherly Love.

Yes, Gina grew up in Philadelphia and have spent much of her adult life trying to get rid of her Philly accent. After graduation, she worked at several radio stations before getting her "big" break in television. It was a job as a part-time reporter at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Over the years Gina's career has taken her to some great cities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Texas. However, her favorite place to live so far has been right here in Birmingham, Alabama. She loves the people, she thinks the State of Alabama is beautiful and she truly enjoys her job.

Email Gina: gredmond@wvtm.com

Shawn Yancy -Former WTAE News Anchor/Reporter

Shawn YancyUpdate: Award winning News Anchor, Shawn Yancy co-anchors FOX 5 News in Washington DC, at 5pm & 10pm and contributes to the Newsedge @ 6 and 11pm.

Shawn joined the FOX 5 News team in September of 2001. Her second day on the job became her first big story in Washington: The September 11th terrorist attacks.

Shawn was awarded a 2007 Edward R. Murrow Award for an investigative series on asbestos at The National Institutes of Health. She was also awarded the Emmy for "Outstanding News Anchor" in Washington in 2006. Shawn's been honored with various Associated Press and Golden Quill awards for her reporting on breaking news.

Prior to joining Fox 5, Shawn was an anchor/reporter for WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and an anchor for WKJG-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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