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Alanna Quillen joins NBC5 as new early morn reporter


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Alanna Quillen has hit the streets as NBC5’s newest early morning reporter.

She last worked at NBC affiliate WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach, where she spent three years. The University of Texas at Arlington graduate (with a degree in broadcast journalism and French) earlier anchored and reported for KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana. During her time at UTA, she had internships at both NBC5 and CBS11.

Quillen’s WPTV bio openly stated her intention to “eventually make her way back home to Dallas-Fort Worth.” She also plays the ukelele.

Other NBC5 briefs -- Station spokesman Brian Hocker confirms that former CBS11 reporter Yona Gavino is now “freelancing for us a few days a week as needed.”

Unclebarky.com also has learned that NBC5 is taking a page from WFAA8’s long-running Good Morning Texas and gearing up for a new locally produced infotainment show tentatively scheduled to launch in March of 2020. Feelers have been sent out to potential advertisers.

Hocker replies that “there is nothing to report regarding a morning show for NBC5.” The NBC Universal-owned station is obligated to carry NBC’s Today from 7 to 11 a.m. weekdays. But the 11 a.m. to noon hour is open to alterations, with NBC5 currently airing a conventional local newscast in that slot.

Good Morning Texas, which airs from 9 to 10 a.m., has been raking in revenues via pay-for-play mini-infomercials that run at 5 minutes a pop several times per program.

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