WHAG anchor to leave

May 20, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

One of the most recognizable faces on local television news is leaving Hagerstown next week for a bigger market: his hometown.

Evening anchor Ron Krisulevicz, 33, a reporter and anchor for NBC 25 for 11 years, is taking a management job at a Pennsylvania TV station.

Beginning June 7, he will be the executive producer of news for WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the city in which he grew up.


Nexstar Broadcasting Group owns more than 40 TV stations in small- and middle-sized markets, including both WBRE and NBC 25, whose call letters are WHAG.

Krisulevicz said he turned down a variety of job offers over the years, but this one sounded right for him, his wife, Stephanie and their children, Nicholas, 4, and Colin, 18 months.

"The jump that I'm making is pretty significant," Krisulevicz, NBC 25's assistant news director, said. "I'm going into a much bigger management position, a bigger station, a bigger market, a bigger salary ....

"I'm not unhappy here - not at all," he said. "But when opportunity knocks, you have to take it."

For the purpose of ratings, Hagerstown is grouped with Washington, D.C., the nation's seventh-largest market out of 210.

Krisulevicz said that's misleading; Hagerstown is actually about 140th. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 53rd.

WBRE's staff is about twice as big as NBC 25's, he said.

As executive director at WBRE, Krisulevicz will manage news coverage, but won't be on the air.

Krisulevicz got into TV journalism at Shippensburg University in Franklin County, Pa. He said he helped start a TV station there.

He had two college internships - one at WBRE and one at NBC 25.

After he received a degree in journalism, Krisulevicz worked at WBRE for six months.

His NBC 25 career started in July 1993. He was a general assignment reporter for a year, then became the 11 p.m. news anchor. After four years, he switched to daytime broadcasts.

NBC 25 is often a starting point for young TV journalists. Reporters stay an average of two years before moving on, Krisulevicz said.

He said he stayed longer because he was comfortable in Washington County and considered it friendly. His wife grew up in Smithsburg and teaches math at Smithsburg Middle School. He joined the boards of community organizations.

He is staying at NBC 25 through May 27, the last day of "sweeps," when Nielsen Media Research measures market audiences.

Krisulevicz said he's often asked what he'll be doing in five years.

"I want to be my son's Little League coach, be at school plays," he said. "I hope to do that and continue my career."

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