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Natalie Stoll Says Goodbye to KXAN

natalie stollMeteorologist Natalie Stoll is signing off from KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin. Stoll has worked for six years forecasting the weather and reporting environmental stories.

“Natalie has chosen to pursue an opportunity with more family-friendly hours, working as a communication specialist for LCRA,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “We appreciate her contributions at KXAN and look forward to working with Natalie in her new role.”

“I’m lucky to have spent years forecasting Central Texas weather as part of a fantastic team at KXAN. I’ll miss my coworkers and our viewers, but I’m also looking forward to this next career challenge,” Stoll said.

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Brian Collister Joins Austin’s KXAN

brian collisterBrian Collister is joining KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, as an investigative reporter.

Collister — who specializes in investigating fraud, corruption and government waste — most recently worked at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston. Before that, he spent several years at WOAI, the NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

“Brian has earned a reputation throughout Texas and across the country as a powerful investigative reporter who gets results and holds powerful people accountable,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “Because KXAN News focuses on in-depth, investigative journalism, it’s crucial to have reporters like Brian on our team. He’s an expert at using our lawful right to access public information.  He knows who to talk to, where to get the answers viewers want.”

KXAN Debuts Morning Newscast on KNVA

This morning, KXAN, the LIN Media owned Austin NBC affiliate, launched a morning show airing on the Austin CW affiliate KNVA.

While KXAN’s morning news currently goes from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., the newscast on KNVA runs from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and is anchored by the KXAN morning news team of Brian Sanders, Sally Hernandez, traffic reporter Amanda Dugan and meteorologist Mark Monstrola.

“We genuinely like each other,” Hernandez told the Austin American-Statesmans Gary Dinges. “It’s going to be nice to have this extra time together.”

“Our commitment to our audience is growing,” KXAN news director Chad Cross told TVSpy. “We know the busiest time of the morning for many of our viewers is 7:00 to 9:00.  It only makes sense we continue to provide valuable, local coverage of what’s happening each morning that could affect the start of your day.”

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]

Austin’s KXAN Hires Chad Cross as News Director

KXAN has hired a new news director.

Chad Cross, who has been the news director at KWCH in Wichita since 2008, is joining the Austin NBC-affiliate.  He replaces Michael Fabac, who departed KXAN in May after five years leading the station’s newsroom.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Cross joined KWCH in 2002.  Cross worked as a reporter, anchor, producer, and assignment editor there before being named news director.

As Austin media blogger Jim McNabb points out, Cross is much younger than many of the people he will manage at KXAN.

KWCH Anchor Felicia Rolfe Leaving Wichita

Felicia Rolfe is leaving the anchor desk at KWCH, the CBS-affiliate in Wichita.

Rolfe’s husband, John, is moving to Houston to become the chief operating officer of the Greater Houston Convention and Vistors Bureau. Rolfe will continue at KWCH through May before joining him in Texas.

“Felicia has been a key part of the KWCH newsroom for many years,” news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “We’re going to miss her enthusiasm and friendly personality at the station.”

Rolfe joined KWCH in 1993 and has anchored the morning show since 2006.

Veteran KWCH Anchor Kim Setty Dies Of Cancer At 47

Longtime KWCH anchor Kim Setty died last night after a long battle with breast cancer, the station announced today. She was 47.

Setty joined the Wichita CBS-affiliate in 1988 as the producer and anchor of the noon newscast. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, which caused her to lose her blonde hair.

After her recovery, she returned to work as a redhead. In 2010, Setty announced she was battling cancer once again. She worked, still anchoring and producing the noon newscast, until her doctors insisted she stop, in the summer of 2011.

In a statement on the KWCH website, news director Chad Cross remembers Setty for her “diligence on the job, determination and dignity through cancer, and her down-to-earth and lighthearted character.” Read more