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Ben Wagner Upped to Morning Anchor at KHBS-KHOG

ben wagnerBen Wagner has been named morning anchor at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s duopoly in Fort Smith, Ark. Effective immediately, Wagner will co-anchor the newscast alongside Kelly Johnson and meteorologist Laura Huckabee.

“Ben’s energy and personality will be a great addition to the morning anchor desk,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Ben’s willingness to go the extra mile stands out, and I’m confident he’ll bring that same commitment to Sunrise whether he’s behind the anchor desk or reporting from the field hundreds of miles away.”

Wagner joined the stations in 2012 as a multimedia journalist. The morning newscast’s previous anchor, Derek Burleson, signed off in December.

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Derek Burleson Signs Off KHBS-KHOG

burleson_khbskhogDerek Burleson, morning anchor for ABC affiliate KHBS-KHOG, said goodbye to viewers on-air at the end of yesterday’s newscast.

“Thanks to the crew here for giving me this farewell cake that I’m trying not to drop here,” said the morning anchor for the Fort Smith-Fayetteville Hearst duopoly. “It’s been a wonderful run and I won’t forget any of you.”

Burleson had worked at KHBS-KHOG for more than eleven years. He started at the station doing sports and began anchoring the “Sunrise” show in 2008.

He told a viewer on Twitter he was staying in Northwest Arkansas, “selling Real Estate and other business opportunities.”

[Arkansas TV News]

KHBS-KHOG Expands Morning Newscast to 4:30

Hearst’s KHBS-KHOG, joint ABC-affiliates serving northwestern Arkansas, is set to expand its morning newscast to 4:30 a.m. beginning next week.

“As the lifestyles of our viewers change, the news we deliver must change with them,” said Brian Sather, KHBS-KHOG’s president and general manager.

The extra half-hour will be anchored by Derek Burleson (right), who has been appearing alongside Melissa Kelly in the mornings since 2008. Meteorologist Matt Devitt will also be on-hand to offer early morning weather coverage.

“Not only will our early morning viewers get local news earlier, but we’re adding resources to provide them more local news and weather,” news director Dawn Dugle pointed out. The station says that a team of field crews will be setting their alarm clocks earlier to provide additional live news reports for the expanded newscast.