Channel 4 weekend anchor Jake Ploeger is leaving the station, but he's not a victim of budget cuts like jettisoned sports anchor Jon Burton.
Ploeger, who began at the station in sports in 2000 and moved to news in 2002, was offered Burton's job but turned it down. He'll do some sports work in his last weeks with the station -- he's been anchoring sports segments at 6 and 11 p.m. this week -- but he's leaving to work for his in-laws at P.J. Dick Inc., Trumbull Corp. and Lindy Paving, local commercial contractors. Ploeger's father-in-law, Cliff Rowe, is CEO for the companies.
"For the first couple of years I'll be learning the business and get acclimated in the construction world," Ploeger said. "Hopefully in the next few years I'll move into more of a management role."
He said it wasn't a difficult decision to leave TV news.
"As much as I really enjoyed doing it, I'm just really anxious to try a new career path," he said. "When my mother-in-law came to me six years ago with this, I said, 'I really enjoy what I do,' but a lot can change in six or seven years. While the work [in TV news] is fun, it's not always conducive to a normal life per se."
Ploeger will likely remain at Channel 4 at least through the Super Bowl. (Rob Owen)
Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Dennis Hurwitz will appear in a segment about a total body lift on NBC's daytime show "The Doctors" Monday.
Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon will talk about his recent trip to Iran as this week's guest on the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh's "Global Press Conference" on KQV-AM (1410). The show airs at 7:30 tonight and repeats at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. It will be archived on the World Affairs Council's Web site, www.worldaffairspittsburgh.org/kqv.jsp. (Adrian McCoy, Post-Gazette multimedia writer)