Tuesday, January 12, 2010

WWL-TV hires Michael Perlstein as managing editor

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 10:45 PM

WWL-TV announced this afternoon that the station has hired Michael Perlstein, former Times-Picayune reporter and visiting assistant professor at Tulane University, as the station's new managing editor, spearheading the station's award-winning investigative unit, which took a hit last year when Lee Zurik decamped for WVUE-TV.

Other changes at Channel 4: Reporter Katie Moore was formally named weekend anchor, and Marcy Planer Murray, a local attorney and researcher who worked on the station's Peabody Award-winning story about the NOAH housing scandal, joins the newsroom as investigative researcher.

Full press release from WWL under the jump. (And, in the interests of disclosure: Gambit publisher Clancy DuBos is the station's political analyst, and several Gambit folks appear regularly on the Eyewitness Morning News, particularly Noah Bonaparte Pais, who takes great joy in teasing Eric Paulsen.)

NEW ORLEANS -- Eyewitness News is expanding its award-winning 4 Investigates team with the addition of managing editor Michael Perlstein, a reporter with more than 20 years experience in local news, including a long stint at The Times-Picayune, where he was instrumental in numerous investigative series and part of the team which won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

On the investigative beat at WWL, Perlstein will spearhead the development of investigative reports on Channel 4 and WWLTV.com, working with the station’s team of reporters, photographers and producers to research and produce investigative reports for newscasts, WWLTV.com and other special programs.

Joining Perlstein as an investigative researcher is Marcy Planer Murray, a New Orleans attorney and Realtor who contributed key research for WWL-TV’s series of reports on NOAH, the city housing agency. The series was honored with a George Foster Peabody award, as well as a regional Emmy and top prize from the group Investigative Reporters and Editors.

“These additions to our staff demonstrate WWL’s ongoing commitment to top-quality investigative reporting and the growing importance we know that it holds for our viewers,” said Chris Slaughter, WWL-TV executive news director.

“Mike and Marcy will work with our already well-established team of anchors and reporters to produce stories with them, while cultivating their own network of already-developed investigative sources on a wide range of beats,” Slaughter added.

Perlstein was a criminal justice reporter for The Times-Picayune for more than 20 years before joining the mass communication faculty of Loyola University New Orleans, as a visiting assistant professor, in 2006. He has continued to do freelance reporting, writing articles for The New York Times, Washington Post, New Orleans Magazine and others.

At The Times-Picayune, his beat experience included covering crime and the New Orleans police department, as well as federal and state courts. His reporting earned him a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2004, as well as awards from the Louisiana Press Association, APME and Press Club. Perlstein has a Master's degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Reed College.

Earlier in her career, Murray worked as a news producer at a New Orleans television station. News reporting is literally in her genes, as her mother is a former reporter for WDSU-TV and her father, Ed Planer, was a WDSU-TV news director and reporter in the 1960s. Planer later became news director of WMAQ-TV in Chicago and later NBC News vice president and chief of the network’s European operations. Murray is a New Orleans native who attended Metairie Park Country Day School. She is a graduate of Brown University and Tulane Law School.

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