Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis

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AIR TIME * KMOV (Channel 4) will soon be without two longtime names as reporter/anchor Robin Smith retires and investigative reporter Craig Cheatham heads to a job in Minneapolis. Reporter Brittany Noble-Jones is also leaving the station.

Smith will wrap up a four-decade career on the air in St. Louis on Friday.

"Countless viewers have literally grown up trusting in Robin's honesty, integrity and experience," Mike Murphy, the station's vice president and general manager said in a statement. She'll get a send- off Friday featuring memorable moments from her career. She joined KMOV in 1978 after stints at KTVI (Channel 2) and KSDK (Channel 5).

Cheatham will start next month as assistant news director at KSTP (Channel 5), an ABC affiliate in Minneapolis. He joined KMOV in June 1999. "After 16 years, I have resigned from KMOV, a special place for me, and one that I will miss very much," Cheatham said on Facebook.

Noble-Jones, meanwhile, is heading to Jackson, Miss., where she will be behind an anchor desk for the CBS affiliate. She came to KMOV in 2013, after working in Michigan, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Over at KTVI (Channel 2), Anthony Kiekow worked his last shift on Friday. Kiekow, who arrived in 2012, is taking a reporting job at KXAS (Channel 5), an NBC station in Dallas.

DRIVE TIME * In a modern, motorized take on the old "don't touch that dial" science fiction, two hackers are getting attention for a hack they demonstrated in St. Louis to a reporter for Wired magazine.

Seems hacker-researchers Charlie Miller of Ladue and Chris Valasek of Pittsburgh can take control of your vehicle while you're driving it. In an article and video posted Tuesday, Miller and Valasek hijacked the computer in the car of Wired's Andy Greenberg, as he drove on Highway 40 (Interstate 64). The author explains:

"Though I hadn't touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. "

Then, the duo switched radio stations and turned on the windshield wipers. Finally, they took over the transmission and brakes, shutting down the Jeep on Highway 40 near Union Station. …

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