Stan Stovall's ascent at WBAL-TV continues. The station announced yesterday that Stovall will take over anchoring duties on the Baltimore NBC affiliate's 5 p.m. weekday newscasts. He replaces Jeff Pegues, who leaves after this week to join WABC-TV in New York City.
Stovall, 50, was dismissed by ratings-starved WMAR-TV in late 2001. Last April, WBAL picked him up as a weekend morning anchor. Over the summer, he was promoted to weekday morning anchor. And now Stovall, who first arrived in Baltimore in 1978 to work for WBAL, is to be paired with Donna Hamilton on the evening news.
Michelle Butt, WBAL's news director, said Stovall was a natural choice for the position, even though the station received hundreds of applicants. "This I know: He is talented, he is strong, he is recognized in the market," Butt said. "You cannot look beyond his professionalism and his performance."