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Carey Peña Out at KTVK

Carey-Pena2Carey Peña, a longtime anchor for Phoenix’s KTVK, has decided to leave the independent station. Peña, currently co-anchor of “Good Evening Arizona” at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. and host of “Politics Unplugged,” has worked at KTVT since 1998.

Peña announced the news on Facebook last night, writing:

After many positive discussions with management, we were not able to reach an agreement on contract terms and so, the time has come to move on. I would like to thank Ed and Leona for their efforts…

She went on to thank her loyal viewers who have “quite literally, watched me grow up.” Peña told her Facebook fans that she’s looking forward to taking a break, spending time with family for the holidays and that she’s “excited to see what the future holds.”

No word yet on who will replace her.

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Phoenix Reporter Rescues Stranded Motorist

KTVK reporter Steve Ryan helped a stranded motorist to safety after flash floods made some streets around Phoenix, AZ, unsafe to drive on.

The reporter for the Phoenix independent station told viewers he was conducting interviews when he heard screams for help coming from a car stopped in the middle of a flooded street. Ryan said the driver tried to make her way out of her car by herself, but he waded in and carried her to drier land. Ryan assured viewers it was more treacherous than it looked on video and he had cables to help steady him while he walked through the ankle deep water.

“It’s a team effort out here, Carey” Ryan told anchor Carey Peña. “When someone’s panicking we help out.”

After the rescue, the unidentified woman Ryan carried told him, “I just kinda freaked out. I thought I was going to drown.” When Ryan assured her she didn’t drown, she replied, “Right.” You can watch video of the rescue after the jump. Read more

Yetta Gibson Promoted to Evening Anchor at KTVK

Yetta Gibson, who has worked as a reporter and morning field anchor for KTVK since 2010, has been promoted to evening anchor at the Phoenix independent station.

Beginning Monday, Gibson will anchor KTVK’s 6 p.m. newscast alongside Fields Moseley, and solo anchor the station’s 10 p.m. news.

“Can’t wait 2 work w/u!” Gibson tweeted to Moseley on Wednesday.

As part of KTVK’s evening shuffle, Moseley and Carey Pena will move from 10 p.m. to co-anchor the station’s hour-long 9 p.m. newscast.  Pena will also host “Politics Unplugged,” KTVK’s weekly public affairs show. Read more

KTVK Draws 119K Viewers for CNN Debate Simulcast

KTVK, the independent station in Phoenix, was the only local station in the country to simulcast yesterday’s CNN debate from Mesa, Arizona.

According to Nielsen Fast Nationals, the 6pm-8pm KTVK simulcast of the GOP primary debate averaged 119,000 Total Viewers and 55,000 A25-54 viewers. More than 4 million people watched the debate on CNN.

KTVK’s coverage included pre- and post-debate coverage anchored by Fields Moseley, with Carey Pena and Frank Camacho reporting live from the Mesa Arts Center.

KTVK Launching 10 p.m. Newscast, Focusing on Reaching Out to Viewers Through Social Media

KTVK, the Belo-owned independent station in Phoenix, is adding an additional half-hour daily newscast at 10 p.m beginning August 22. The 10 p.m. news will use social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, to generate story ideas and get viewer feedback.

The 30-minute show, anchored by Carey Pena (pictured) and Fields Moseley, brings KTVK’s news coverage up to nine hours a day. The show’s interactive format hopes to capitalize on Pena’s nearly 10,000 Twitter followers and her recent ranking as the “Most Influential Tweeter in Phoenix.”

“The newscast will be local and engaging with some viewer-generated content,” KTVK executive news director Brad Remington said in a press release. “The format will be flexible, focused on hard news, attempting to look at not only what is happening but why.”

Moseley joins KTVK this month from KUTV in Salt Lake City. Meteorologist Royal Norman and sports anchor Tim Ring will also contribute to the 10 p.m. broadcast.