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KTBC Names Lauren Petrowski Weekend Anchor

KTBC has announced Lauren Petrowski will join meteorologist Scott Prinsen and sports anchor John Hygh as anchor of the weekend evening news beginning this weekend.

For the past six years, Petrowski has been a general assignment reporter for the Austin FOX owned station. Before coning to KTBC, she was a reporter and anchor at KZTV in Corpus Christi, TX.

Petrowski is a graduate of the University of Texas where she majored in Broadcast Journalism.

Christine Haas Joins KTBC as Evening Co-Anchor

KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, has named Christine Haas co-anchor of its weekday evening newscasts.

Haas begins in Austin on August 12. She will co-anchor the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts alongside Mike Warren, replacing Loriana Hernandez, who is moving to the morning newscast.

“Christine is well-respected in this business, winning numerous awards for her reporting. She’s going to be a valuable member of our team and we look forward to her return to Austin,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Haas comes from KNSD in San Diego, where she anchored the 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts. She has also worked at KHOU in Houston, KVUE in Austin, KARE in Minneapolis, WTSP in Tampa, KTHV in Little Rock and KAMR in Amarillo, Texas.

KTBC’s official announcement is after the jump. Read more

Jenni Lee Leaves Austin’s KTBC

Jenni Lee, weekend news anchor for Austin, TX, FOX owned KTBC, has left the station. A FOX spokesperson told TVSpy Lee’s contract was not renewed.

Lee told Austin 360, “I am extremely grateful for my 12 years at Fox. I am leaving with great memories and friends. I am staying in Austin and will probably run into you on the streets!”

Lee started at KTBC in 2001. She’s also worked at KBTX in Bryan/College Station, TX.

After 36 Years, Jim Swift Retiring from KXAN

KXAN reporter Jim Swift has announced he’s retiring from the Austin NBC affiliate after 36 years.

“I have been enormously blessed to be able to do this kind of work for so long,” said Swift in a statement. “Meeting literally thousands of gifted, creative, funny and heartfelt people and getting to help them tell their stories has thrilled me, entertained me, inspired me and often, moved me to tears. I deeply hope others have been impacted the same way.”

Swift, who started at what was then KTVV in 1977, is best known for his “On the Porch” reports which news managers asked him to create to showcase regular people, “people whose contributions to society might otherwise go unnoticed.”

“Jim has an incredible sense of what subjects and which people will be compelling,” said KXAN news director Chad Cross. “His storytelling is truly an art, from the writing and narrating, to the photography and editing.”

[Austin360.com]

Shannon Wolfson Returns to KXAN

After a three-month break from television, Shannon Wolfson is rejoining Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

In her new role, Wolfson, who previously anchored the 9 p.m. newscast on KXAN sister station KNVA, will work full time as an investigative reporter.

“I’m thrilled to be back at KXAN with the opportunity to tell stories that really make a difference,” she told the American-Statesman. “This is the kind of storytelling I’ve always loved, but haven’t always had the time or resources to accomplish.”

Dave Froehlich Joins KTBC From KRIS

Dave Froehlich is joining KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, as co-anchor of “Good Day Austin.”

Froehlich joins KTBC from KRIS, the NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, where he was an anchor and reporter. He has also worked at WDAF in Kansas City, KVII in Amarillo and KREX in Grand Junction, Colo.

“Dave will be a real asset to our newsroom. His intelligence, quick wit and experience covering news in Texas make him a great fit for our morning news,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Froehlich will co-anchor alongside Keri Bellacosa and meteorologist Zack Shields. He replaces Greg Kerr, who is leaving KTBC after just a year with the station.

KXAN Cuts to Commercial Seconds Before Game Winning Goal in Stanley Cup Finals

It’s not quite on the level of the NFL’s “Heidi Game,” but viewers of Austin, TX, NBC affiliate KXAN missed the winning overtime goal deciding game four of the Stanley Cup Finals because the station cut to commercial seconds before it happened.

The game was tied up at five and in overtime. With the Chicago Blackhawks on the attack against the Boston Bruins and with the puck almost on the stick of the man who scored the decider, the station cut away to a morning news promo and a car commercial. When the station cut back, the Blackhawks were coming off the bench to celebrate.

KXAN apologized to fans following the game. Ironically, the “sorry” came right after a package about hockey in Texas. “We unexpectedly and accidentally went to commercial break during overtime in tonight’s game,” said anchor Leslie Rhode. “It was, admittedly, the worst possible time to do that. We are so sorry. We apologize for that error.” Read more

Austin Morning Anchor Following Investigative Reporter Husband to Oregon

KTBC morning anchor Katherine Kisiel plans to follow her husband, investigative reporter Chris Willis, to his new job in Portland, OR, in a couple of weeks.

Last week we reported Willis, who used to work for Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, had been hired by Portland NBC affiliate KGW.  The station said he’ll start there in early July.

The Austin FOX owned station has plans for an on-air goodbye for Kisiel, though the date for that has not been set. Kisiel started her career as a reporter/anchor in Yuma, AZ. She’s also worked in Yakima, WA, and Tri-Cities, WA.

[Austin360.com]

KTBC Promotes Dennis de la Pena, John Hygh

KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, has promoted two on its sports team. Dennis de la Pena (left) has been named weekday sports anchor and John Hygh (right) has been named weekend sports anchor.

Dave Cody, who was KTBC’s weekday sports anchor for 28 years, announced his retirement in March. Before their promotions, de la Pena was the weekend sports anchor and Hygh was the sports reporter.

Hygh, an Austin native, has worked at KTBC for seven years. De la Pena has worked at the station for more than a decade.

Investigative Reporter Chris Willis Out at KXAN

Investigative reporter Chris Willis has parted ways with Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Willis has worked at KXAN since 1999. In 2011, he left the morning anchor desk to become a full-time investigative reporter.

Willis’ bio has been stripped from the KXAN website. The American-Statesman reports the station has not commented on his departure.

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