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.


"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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