Rodriguez, who was a morning anchor on FOX40, surrendered to officials on July 31 for grand theft, burglary and conspiracy charges. She later resigned from her position at FOX40.
According to court documents, Rodriguez drove fiancé Nicholas Gray to San Francisco to help sell stolen goods. Included in the court documents are alleged texts between the couple that reveal a theft conspiracy.
“KXTV news director Jerome Parra reached out to me saying he would like to talk about a job opportunity with News 10,” Graulau told Media Moves. “We started communicating, I showed him some of my work in both Spanish and English and that led to the job offer.”
Parra told TVSpy, Graulau starts Monday.
Starting Monday, Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA will broadcast a full hour on sister station KQCA at 10:00 p.m. The station has also added five to its news team.
“Based on the momentum and growth we’ve experienced in our 10pm newscast on My58, we believe our audience is looking for more news at 10 o’clock,” said KCRA 3 news director Lori Waldon. “I am excited about the new members joining our KCRA News Team and the depth they will bring to our storytelling and our newscasts.”
Rob Malcolm has been added as co-anchor of the KQCA 10:00 p.m. news alongside Kellie DeMarco. He will also report for KCRA. Malcolm comes from CTV in Toronto, Canada. He’s also worked at Global Television in Toronto, WNYW in New York and WDIV in Detroit. Read more
Heap joins co-anchor Kathy Park on the weekend anchor desk.
“As you saw in court, there are a number of people out there who have just been unbelieveably supportive.
“And it’s been really heartwarming and inspirational and has given me strength. I didn’t expect the overwhelming support that I’ve gotten.”
Rodriguez did not enter a plea. Her next court appearance is set for September 9. Rodriguez resigned from her job in the days following her arrest.
Sabrina Rodriguez, the morning anchor at Sacramento ABC station KTXL, has announced via Twitter that she will resign to focus on defending herself after her arrest on grand theft, burglary, and conspiracy charges.
I am sad to say I’ve decided to resign from FOX40 to concentrate on my case and re-establish my good name. Thank you for all the support.
— Sabrina Rodriguez (@SabrinaRFOX40) August 5, 2014
Rodriguez had been on leave since her arrest, which has generated coverage by competing stations. CBS station KOVR obtained court records in the case, including text messages that prosecutors say prove Rodriguez conspired with her fiance to steal and later sell designer handbags and clothes:
After several texts about logistics concerning how he’ll get home, Rodriguez replies: “Awesome. I love when a plan comes together.”
The Sacramento FOX affiliate said in a statement, “The Sacramento County District Attorney has filed charges of grand theft, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime against FOX40 Anchor Sabrina Rodriguez.” The station added, “Ms. Rodriguez maintains that she is innocent of these charges and has been granted a voluntary leave of absence from the station.”
Remember that wall we used to talk about between the newsroom and the folks on the other side of the building who sell the advertising that keeps us employed? Perhaps you’ve noticed the wall seems a lot less solid these days. In an age of sponsored content, advertiser branding popping up on weather forecasts and sports reports, and news talent often raving about good service from airlines and restaurants on social media, why not have anchors do a few commercials, right?
At Sacramento station KTXL, news director Ed Chapuis tells TVSpy he recently approved the use of his two morning anchors, Bethany Crouch and Paul Robins, in commercial spots airing on the station. “While this is not the television industry norm, there are many examples within TV and Radio of anchors doing endorsements,” he said.
Chapuis uses the word “endorsements” because, he says, the anchors are exclusively putting their names and images behind products he says “they use and believe in”. Crouch appears in spots for Sacramento Infiniti, and Robins in an ad for “Good Feet”, featuring a local podiatrist.
“When we started this experiment, we took steps to address important journalistic concerns. The key is transparency and avoiding conflict of interest,” Chapuis told us. “We have made sure the anchors are not put in a position where they report on these companies.” Read more
When Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot hit the internets last week, he became the latest social media sensation sweeping the nation.
The station admitted off the top that some don’t think he’s much of a story and also reminded viewers Meeks got his picture taken because he is a convicted felon who was caught carrying a weapon.
According to KXTV, Meeks wanted to set the record straight about his new found fame.
“You can see that we’re having a little bit of an issue here,” Lewis said as the manager can be heard ordering the crew to shut the camera off. “…This is a private property here and the manager here is asking us to leave, as you can see. So we’ll obviously head to a public property and continue to follow this story.”
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