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Exotic ‘Super Cat’ Appears in San Francisco Anchor’s Yard

Super CatThere may not be “news in the newsroom”, but sometimes it does wander into your backyard. Ken Bastida, anchor at San Francisco CBS station KPIX, discovered an “exotic hybrid cat” roaming in his yard. “I live near Mt. Diablo and see mountain lions and bobcats all the time… this is different.”

Bastida told the station’s website the cat appeared to be a trendy hybrid:

Bastida confirmed with experts that the cat is likely a very large “super cat” derived from breeding a domestic house cat with an up to 40-pound African serval to create a designer breed known as a “Savannah.”
The anchor took to social media and Craigslist to try to find the rightful owner of the full-grown female, adding that it appears she may have recently given birth.

He’s seen the animal for the past few weeks, being elusive, but not elusive enough to evade his camera. She is not wearing a collar, and is very large compared to a house cat.

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KPIX Names Veronica De La Cruz Evening Anchor

delacruz kpixSan Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station KPIX has announced Veronica De La Cruz as co-anchor for its 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscast.

“Veronica is the best kind of broadcast news anchor – a passionate journalist dedicated to reporting the news with insight, accuracy and balance. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the team at KPIX 5” KPIX VP and news director Dan Rosenheim said in a statement.

De La Cruz, who will anchor alongside Ken Bastida, comes to KPIX from MSNBC where she was a host of First Look and NBC’s Early Today Show. She starts Monday, May 5.

Elizabeth Cook Named Anchor for KPIX Evening News

Elizabeth Cook has been named as evening co-anchor for San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX. She fills the slot created by longtime anchor Dana King‘s departure in December.

Cook, who already co-anchors the 5:00 p.m. news with Allen Martin, will also co-anchor the 6:00 p.m. news with Martin.  She will also join Ken Bastida for the 10:00 p.m. news on sister station KBCW and 11:00 p.m. news on KPIX.

“Since joining KPIX, Liz Cook has shown herself to be a first-rate broadcast journalist – diligent, insightful, and responsive to Bay Area news viewers,” said Dan Rosenheim, KPIX vice president and news director. “We are thrilled that she will be taking on this important new responsibility.”

Cook started her career at KMIR in Palm Springs, CA where she was a reporter and anchor.

Dana King Leaving KPIX to Pursue New Career

Dana King, anchor for San Francisco CBS O&O KPIX, has announced she will be stepping down from the anchor desk.

“I am leaving the business to build my next life as an artist,” said King. “In order to do it right, I am making a commitment that requires a choice between continuing an already amazing career and starting a brand new one. KPIX has been my second home.  I will miss it all more than you know.”

King, who has worked at KPIX for the last 15 years, began working towards a a Master’s Degree in classical sculpture from San Francisco’s Academy of Art University a few years ago.

She was known for boldly allowing her hair to go gray, something not seen among anchors. At the time, King said, “For me, it was a decision about matching my looks with my experience”  You can watch a story she did about the subject after the jump. Read more