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Former WBFF reporter Melinda Roeder joins CBS affiliate in Atlanta

Former WBFF reporter Melinda Roeder joins CBS affiliate in Atlanta
Former WBFF reporter Melinda Roeder is joining the CBS affiliate in Atlanta. (Courtesy of Melinda Roeder)

Melinda Roeder, winner of 12 regional Emmys while at WBFF (Fox45), is joining WGCL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, she said today.

Roeder left the Sinclair-owned station in late December in the wake of Fox45 airing a misleading video of a Washington protest that falsely depicted protesters as chanting, "kill a cop."

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"They terminated my contract without cause," Roeder said in a Sun interview at the time, referring to one of several actions taken by WBFF management in the wake of airing the video.

Roeder, who joined WBFF in 2007, won seven Edward R. Murrow awards in addition to the Emmys. The last three years, she often worked with producer Stephen Janis, who told the Sun Sunday that he is leaving the station at the end of the week to join The Real News Network.

"I'm excited to be working in a top 10 market, but most importantly, I will be working again for a general manager that I worked for years ago in Lexington, Kentucky," Roeder said in an email to The Sun. "He's obviously familiar with my work and work ethic."

As for Fox45, "I understand the station has undergone some major staffing changes.  I wish my former co-workers all the best," she wrote.

Atlanta is the ninth largest TV market in the nation. Baltimore is 26th, according to Nielsen's 2014-'15 rankings.

Roeder said she starts her new job next week.

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