“It will be a challenge to sit in the same chair as a trusted name like Elizabeth Alex, but I plan to earn the viewers’ respect. I want to be someone you see not only behind the anchor desk, but in the community as well,” Thompson said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get started.” [h/t Bottom Line Communications]
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Alex, who joined the station in 1996, will continue to anchor the 6 p.m. newscast through the February sweeps period. After that, she will continue on with the station as a special correspondent as she focuses full-time on a job at the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.
“I thank KSHB, and the people of Kansas City for the honor of all these wonderful years on the air,” Alex told Bottom Line.
Dubill, who has been anchoring the NBC-affiliate’s morning newscast since 2007, is replacing longtime anchor Elizabeth Alex. In January, Alex announced that she would be scaling back her anchoring duties to focus on humanitarian work.
“After a long and extensive search we are thrilled to promote Christa to the position,” said Mike Vrabac, vice president and general manager of KSHB-KMCI, in announcing the move. “She has been an integral part of our station growth and exhibited a leadership role in the news department.”
Dubill’s first day at 5:00 and 10:00 is set for July 4th.
“I look forward to stepping into viewers’ homes each night, taking a seat, and having a conversation about what’s new, what matters, and what makes sense,” she said. Read more
KSHB’s lead anchor Elizabeth Alex is scaling back her duties at the Kansas City NBC-affiliate.
Alex, who has been KSHB‘s marquee anchor for the past 15 years, has decided to focus her time on humanitarian work. Alex will work part-time beginning March 7th, appearing only on the station’s 6 p.m. newscast.
Alex is set to take a position with TLC for Children, a charitable organization in Olathe, Kansas that provides shelter and social services for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
As the Kansas City Star points out, Alex has long been committed to humanitarian work.
“Television journalism runs in my blood, and the need to help abused, neglected and hurting children occupies a big part of my heart,” she said in announcing the move.