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KARK Adds Husband and Wife Anchor Duo

KARK, the Nexstar owned NBC affiliate for Little Rock, AR, has announced the addition of two anchors who are also married to each other.

Starting in September, Ashley Ketz will join Bob Clausen on the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscast. Ketz replaces Jessica Dean who was recently named anchor at KYW in Philadelphia. Also joining the station in September is Ketz’s husband, Aaron Nolan, who returns to KARK as co-anchor of “Arkansas Today,” the station’s noon newscast. He will anchor alongside Mallory Hardin.

“We couldn’t be more excited about welcoming Ashley home to Arkansas,” said KARK news director Austin Kellerman.  “Ashley has done a standout job since joining Nexstar Broadcasting’s station in Springfield.  It’s a natural transition for her to return home and help lead our team in Little Rock.” Read more

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KARK Juggles Anchors For Evening Newscasts

KARK, the NBC-affiliate in Little Rock, is making some changes to the evening talent lineup.

Starting Monday, weekend anchor Jessica Dean (pictured) will co-anchor the station’s 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside current anchor Bob Clausen. She will replace Melissa Simas, who will contribute to those two newscasts as a reporter, while also continuing to anchor the 5 p.m. news.

“Melissa is an exceptional anchor/reporter and has made it clear that her passion is reporting stories and digging into important issues that affect Arkansas,” KARK news director Rob Heverling said in a statement. “We are pleased Melissa will have a much greater influence on how we shape our coverage of the news of the day.”

Dean, Simas and Clausen will be joined by Keith Monahan, who is the station’s new chief meteorologist. KARK reporter Lauren Trager will take over weekend anchoring duties from Dean.

Rival Stations Cover KARK Meteorologist’s Role in Bathtub Death of 24-Year-Old

On Tuesday evening, every news station in Little Rock covered the untimely death of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in a bathtub alongside KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins.

While KARK, an NBC-affiliate, disclosed on-air that its longtime weathercaster was connected to the death, rival stations provided more in-depth coverage of the incident, even though not all of them mentioned Cummins by name. Read more

KARK Reports on Meteorologist’s Connection to Dead Body Found in Bathtub

During its 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts on Tuesday night, Little Rock NBC-affiliate KARK announced that meteorologist Brett Cummins, who has been with the station since 2001, was connected to the death of a 24-year-old man who was found dead in a bathtub wearing a dog collar.

“Our meteorlogist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with our viewers,” KARK anchor Bob Clausen said during each newscast.  “No criminal charges have been filed in this case.  Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend.” Read more