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Onetime Anchor James Keith Returns to KABB as Assistant News Director

James Keith, who left the KABB anchor desk following last year’s May sweeps, is back with the San Antonio Fox-affiliate as assistant news director.

Keith regularly co-anchored KABB’s 9 p.m. newscast but decided to leave for a job with more conventional hours, accepting a PR position with a local school district. After the sudden death of KABB news director Greg Koelfgen earlier this year, though, Keith began to reassess his career path, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“Being able to go back as a news manager is a dream come true,” Keith told the Express-News‘ Jeanne Jakle. “I’m excited about being back in a newsroom and being in a position where I can help guide reporters.”

Keith is assuming the post vacated by Keith McMahan, who succeeded Koelfgen as news director.

Although he may be asked to fill in at the anchor desk on occasion, Keith said that he’s looking forward to life behind the camera. “Honestly,” he said, “it’s been nice being able to grow facial hair when I want!”

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Keith McMahan Succeeds the Late Greg Koelfgen as KABB News Director

Keith McMahan has been promoted to news director of San Antonio’s KABB.

McMahan has spent his entire broadcast career in San Antonio, starting out as a sports producer for ABC-affiliate KSAT before moving on to KMOL (now WOAI, an NBC-affiliate) where he worked as executive sports producer. After a brief time working in PR, McMahan joined KABB as assistant news director, working under the late Greg Koelfgen.

Koelfgen passed away in January at the age of 53.

“Greg was the consummate pro, and his untimely death was a personal blow to all of us.  I look back [and] I still don’t know how we as a newsroom made it through this time,”  McMahan told TVSpy via email. “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to build on Greg’s legacy here.”