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Bryan-College Station

Anchor Changes Announced at KBTX

stancik_mclaughlinMeredith Stancik is leaving KBTX after ten years with the Bryan, Texas CBS affiliate.

The station said she wants to spend more time with her family.

“I’m going to miss everyone at KBTX, but at the same time I’m looking forward to spending more time with my two young children,” Stancik said. “I can’t wait to eat dinner as a family and kiss my kids goodnight. It has been a true blessing to work with a group of such talented journalists.”

KBTX also announced Kessler McLaughlin has been promoted to morning anchor. He will join Kristen Guilfoos and Natalie Ferrari in the coming weeks.

“I’m honored to step into this new position,” said McLaughlin. “KBTX and the entire Brazos Valley have been so good to me, and I look forward to delivering the news every morning. I’ve got some big shoes to fill, but we’ve got a great team that’s helping make the transition easier.”

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First President Bush Writes Letter to Newborn Son of Texas Anchor

bush letter ktbx_croppedKBTX anchor Meredith Stancik recently gave birth to son Declan William McAuliffe.

According to KBTX, Declan’s father Shane McAuliffe, who was a reporter at the Bryan-College Station, TX, CBS affiliate “reached out” to some contacts at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

This week, the youngest McAuliffe got a letter from George H.W. Bush, the 90-year-old former president known for his letter writing.

“Declan, I, too, was born on June 12th — but that was 90 years ago,” wrote Bush. “I’ve had a long, wonderful life, and I wish the same for you. God bless you.”

Former KBTX News Director Mike George Dies

mike georgeFormer KBTX news director Mike George was found dead Sunday at his home, the station reports. George was 51.

George was the news director of the Bryan-College Station CBS affiliate from 2008 to 2013. The cause of death has not been released, but “foul play is not suspected,” according to KBTX.

George began his career at KBTX in 1986, working as an anchor, reporter and executive producer. He left to join KVUE in 1992, spending four years as the Austin station’s executive producer and news manager. After KVUE, George worked as managing editor at WXIA in Atlanta and news director at KVBC in Las Vegas before returning to KBTX.

He retired last year to spend more time with his family, KBTX reports. “From the family at KBTX, our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike’s family outside of our halls, which were made immensely better because of him,” the station said in a statement.