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News director leaving

NBC 25

May 14, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hagerstown television will lose a familiar face this month.

Glen Fortinberry, news director and anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast for Hagerstown's NBC affiliate, is leaving the station May 26.

"I decided I wanted a change. I've had a lot of fun here. I just wanted a change," said Fortinberry, who started at WHAG-TV, now known as NBC 25, about three years ago as a 43-year-old unpaid intern.

Fortinberry plans to get married June 5, then move to Kensington, Md., which is near Washington, D.C., where his fiancee works.

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"I'm going to explore some new opportunities. I haven't decided what I'll do," Fortinberry said.

"I really enjoyed it here. It was a difficult decision to make. It's more for personal reasons. I didn't want to get into commuting or make my fiancee commute," he said.

Fortinberry started as an intern at the station in April 1996 and was offered a paid position three months later.

He worked as a morning camera operator for a few months and then became a staff reporter, traveling all over the viewing area on stories.

When Bob Borngesser retired in December 1997, Fortinberry took over as news anchor and news director, overseeing a staff of 20.

"We'll miss Glen. He's done a great job for us while he's been here," Station Vice President and General Manager Hugh Breslin said.

Breslin said Fortinberry's replacement has not been picked yet.

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