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KTBC Adds Anchor to ‘Good Day Austin’

salinas_kdafAmanda Salinas has been named anchor for “Good Day Austin,” the morning news show for Austin FOX owned station KTBC.

“As a native Texan, who graduated from the University of Texas and has spent most of her career reporting and anchoring here, there is no one better versed on all things Austin than Amanda,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Salinas comes to KTBC from KDAF in Dallas. She has also worked at WPBF in West Palm Beach, WFAA in Dallas, KCEN in Waco and KGNS in Laredo, TX.

Beginning January 20, she joins Dave Froehlich, Zack Shields and Keri Bellacosa on “Good Day” and Froehlich as anchor on the Noon news.

Former KVUE General Manager Dies

Joe Jerkins, the former president and general manager of KVUE, died Tuesday from leukemia. He led the Austin ABC affiliate from 1979 to 1989 and served as president of the Texas Association of Broadcasters in 1991.

Watch KVUE’s tribute to Jerkins above. [h/t Austin 360]

Loriana Hernandez Leaving Austin FOX Station

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez has announced she is leaving KTBC.

“I have some bitter sweet news to share this Tuesday morning,” Hernandez wrote on her facebook page. “After 7 years here at Fox 7 I have decided it is time for me to join my husband Cesar in the DC area so we can raise our 19-month old son Gabriel under one roof. My husband and I have commuted for the past few years so I could keep doing what I love doing here at FOX 7 but we need to be together as a family.”

The morning anchor for the Austin FOX owned station went on to say her last day on-air would be January 3, but plans to stay in Austin until late January.

Hernandez came to KTBC in 2007. She started her career at CNN and CNN En Español and has also worked at KSEE in Fresno and KXAS in Dallas.

[Austin 360]

KXAN Ups Shannon Wolfson to Evening Anchor

wolfson_croppedKXAN has promoted investigative reporter Shannon Wolfson to evening anchor for the Austin NBC affiliate.

Beginning December 2, Wolfson will join Robert Hadlock, chief weathercaster Jim Spencer and sports director Roger Wallace for the KXAN 5, 6 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts and the 9:00 pm. news on CW affiliate KNVA.

“I’ve been so honored and humbled to be part of this team of incredible journalists at KXAN for the last seven years,” Wolfson said in a statement. “I’m beyond excited about this new opportunity and look forward to continuing my investigative reporting, as well.”

Wolfson takes over for Leslie Rhode who announced she was leaving last month. She started at KXAN in 2006 as a reporter and was named named main anchor of the CW news at 9:00 p.m. in 2009. She came back to the station as an investigative reporter in June after a three month hiatus.

[Austin American-Statesman]

Ashley Paredez Joins Austin FOX Station

paredez_kfdaAshley Paredez has joined Austin FOX owned station KTBC as a general assignment reporter.

Paredez came to KTBC from KFDA in Amarillo, TX. She interned at KTBC in 2008. You can watch her KFDA farewell video after the jump.

She announced the move on facebook saying she was moving closer to home, “It’s a bitter sweet moment to leave Amarillo and the friendships I’ve made here but I look forward to the future God has planned for me.” Read more

Ericka Miller Joins KEYE From WXII

ericka miller_304x200Ericka Miller has joined Austin CBS affiliate KEYE as the weekend anchor, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Miller most recently worked at WXII, the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, as a weekend news and sports anchor. She left in May after two years with the station.

Before WXII, Miller worked at KAAL in Rochester, Minn. She replaces Katherine Stolp, who left the television business earlier this year.

Leslie Rhode Leaving KXAN Again

rhode_croppedKXAN anchor Leslie Rhode is leaving the Austin NBC affiliate.

She told media writer Gary Dinges of Austin360.com she wants to spend more time with her family and “breathe a bit” before looking for a new job with more family friendly hours.

“I need a better work-life balance,” Rhode said. “That’s what this all comes down to. I have a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old and I want to see them more. Right now, I drop them off at school in the morning, then I don’t get to see them again until the next morning.”

“Leslie will be greatly missed,” said KXAN president and general manager Eric Lassberg. “From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at KXAN thank her for the many years of great work.”

Rhode is in her second go round at KXAN. She first started at KXAN in 1995 and worked there until 2003. She came back in 2008 after working at WJLA in Washington, D.C.

Foti Kallergis Set to Join KTRK in Houston

foti kallergisFoti Kallergis is joining KTRK in Houston as a reporter.  He begins at the ABC O&O on September 30.

It is a return to Texas television for Kallergis, who has previously worked at KVUE and KTBC in Austin. He left KTBC in 2012 to help run his family business.

“I always dreamed of reporting in my hometown, so this is a major career accomplishment. It’s also a full-circle moment because I started my TV News career at Ch.13 as an intern,” Kallergis wrote on Facebook. “I feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity, and I can’t wait to serve my hometown.” [h/t Mike McGuff]

Katherine Stolp Leaves KEYE for Hi-Tech

Katherine Stolp has left her job as weekend anchor for Austin CBS affiliate KEYE for a communications job at an Austin hi-tech firm.

Stolp tweeted the news saying, “Life update! Leaving TV news indefinitely. Ready for the next adventure. Thanks for all the support!”

According to Gary Dinges with the Austin American-Statesman, Stolp has taken a job at Silicon Labs handling “community and university relations, as well as employee communications and engagement efforts.”

“After nearly a decade in the TV business, I’m ready for a new challenge,” she told Dinges. “I’ve learned a lot at KEYE, but the challenges at this new position will help me grow in ways that wouldn’t have happened at KEYE.”

Stolp had worked at KEYE for nearly six years. She has also worked at WEHT in Evansville, IN and KOMU in Columbia, MO.

KXAN Debuts Morning Newscast on KNVA

This morning, KXAN, the LIN Media owned Austin NBC affiliate, launched a morning show airing on the Austin CW affiliate KNVA.

While KXAN’s morning news currently goes from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., the newscast on KNVA runs from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and is anchored by the KXAN morning news team of Brian Sanders, Sally Hernandez, traffic reporter Amanda Dugan and meteorologist Mark Monstrola.

“We genuinely like each other,” Hernandez told the Austin American-Statesmans Gary Dinges. “It’s going to be nice to have this extra time together.”

“Our commitment to our audience is growing,” KXAN news director Chad Cross told TVSpy. “We know the busiest time of the morning for many of our viewers is 7:00 to 9:00.  It only makes sense we continue to provide valuable, local coverage of what’s happening each morning that could affect the start of your day.”

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