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CBS11 names investigations head

CBS11 continued to rebuild its investigative unit Tuesday by hiring Lisa Blegen to head it.

Blegen, who arrives from Fox-owned WTVT-TV in Tampa, FL, will be the station's executive producer of Special Projects & Investigations, news director Adrienne Roark announced in a memo to staffers Tuesday night.

WTVT's most recent investigation prompted the Army to reverse its findings that a local soldier died of a snake bite after his family questioned the cause of death.

Blegen previously was a Milwaukee-based reporter and a special projects executive producer in North Carolina. She's a graduate of Minnesota's St. Olaf College whose awards include a Silver Baton duPont.

Roark, who joined CBS11 earlier this year, recently named early morning co-anchor Ginger Allen as the station's senior investigator. The unit had vanished after Allen moved to mornings and fellow investigators Robert Riggs and Bennett Cunningham left the station. The executive producer of CBS11 investigations also resigned after his staff went from the D-FW market's largest to non-existent.

Blegen had headed WTVT's investigation since 1997. Her first day at CBS11 is Aug. 16th.

An example of a WTVT investigation that freed an innocent man from a 15-year jail term was detailed in the trade magazine TV Week. The account can be found here.