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Fiesta Desk! San Antonio Station Debuts Answer to Ice Desk


It’s a piñata! It’s an anchor desk! It’s KENS 5 Fiesta Desk! Yay!

San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS revealed its warm weather answer to the ice desk in honor of the city’s annual party “Fiesta.”

Simon Gonzales, the man who built the anchor desk piñata “says the “KENS 5 Fiesta Desk” isn’t the weirdest piñata he’s ever made… he’s made life-sized elephants, piñatas of celebrities like Michael Jackson and Tim Duncan and even Justin Bieber”

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Scott Pelley Sits Down With KENS Anchors Jeff Goldblatt and Sarah Lucero

KENS anchors Jeff Goldblatt and Sarah Lucero recently turned the tables on Scott Pelley, interviewing the “Evening News” anchor at the CBS News headquarters in New York (video above).

Pelley, who has been vocal about the state of journalism, talked about the role nightly newscasts play as the media landscape continues to shift.

“I think a lot of folks at home look at the stuff on the Internet and they wonder, is this true? Is it not?” Pelley said. “So they want to find a brand that they can trust.”

Pelley also talks about his childhood in Texas and his favorite local spots. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Blaise Labbe Named ND at WOAI-KABB

Blaise Labbe has been named news director at KABB and WOAI, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox and NBC affiliates in San Antonio, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

News of Labbe’s hire was first reported on Rick Gevers’ weekly newsletter. He moves to San Antonio from Kansas City, where he has been news director at CBS affiliate KCTV since 2010. Labbe replaces Tom Bell, who left San Antonio to join KOVR in Sacramento.

Before KCTV, Labbe worked at KWTV in Oklahoma City, KENS in San Antonio and KHOU in Houston.

KENS Loses Traffic Reporter, Names Replacement

KENS traffic reporter Natalie Tejeda is leaving the San Antonio CBS affiliate.

“Natalie has done a wonderful job for KENS 5,” KENS news director Triston Sanders told the San Antonio Express-News. “She has a very bright future ahead of her. I know anchoring is a focus for her, and we’ll miss her, but I absolutely applaud her for pursuing her dreams.”

According to the Express-News, the station has announced Danielle Saar will replace Tejeda once she leaves in August. Read more

Triston Sanders Named Executive News Director at KENS

Triston Sanders is joining KENS, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, as executive news director, TVSpy has learned. It is a move within Belo for Sanders, who has been assistant news director at WWL in New Orleans since September 2012.

“Triston has quickly become a part of the WWL-TV team and has contributed greatly to the recent growth of our news ratings. And while we will certainly miss her enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to excellence, we are thrilled that she will be able to take this next step in her career with BELO,” WWL general manager Tod Smith wrote in a memo to staffers Monday.

Before joining WWL, Sanders was the news director at WCTV in Tallahassee. She has also worked as a producer at WSVN in Miami and WFLA in Tampa.

Sanders begins at KENS on July 1. She replaces Kurt Davis, who was recently named vice president of news services for CBS News.

KENS Executive News Director Kurt Davis Joins CBS News

KENS executive news director Kurt Davis is joining CBS News as vice president of news services.

Davis has worked at the San Antonio CBS affiliate for 10 years. In his new role, he will oversee CBS News’ satellite newsgathering organization, which provides news and information to the network’s 200 affiliates.

Davis has also worked as manager of coverage and content at WSB in Atlanta and as news director at WDSU in New Orleans. He has also worked at KDFW in Dallas, WSET in Lynchburg, Va., KATV in Little Rock and WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La.

KENS Live Report Interrupted by Gunfire

Marvin Hurst, reporter for KENS, the San Antonio CBS affiliate, was live on the scene of a standoff involving a SWAT team and an armed man when gunfire interrupted his report. You can watch the video of the report after the jump.

Multiple gunshots can be heard at 2:03 into the video. “As you can hear in the background as this situation is going off, that was gun fire of some sort,” said Hurst who kept his cool despite being close to the scene. “Something has occurred.”

The photographer zoomed in on the property in question, revealing the silhouette of a SWAT team member skirting the house.  When the photographer upped the gain on his camera, viewers could see more of the SWAT team approaching the house in force. See the video inside. Read more

KENS Shines a Spotlight on Military Issues in Week Long Web Series

TVNewsCheck speaks to Jan Boyd, director of digital media at KENS, about the station’s recent web-exclusive series, “Seven Days in Military City, USA.” In San Antonio, where 18 percent of the population has military ties, Boyd said the seven-part series is part of the station’s quest for a digital identity:

The series — using video, photo slideshows and written stories — included stories about the “wounded warriors” who for the second year rode bikes 500 miles across Texas; homeless veterans who reportedly make up nearly one-quarter of the homeless in San Antonio counted as head of households; and Tim Williams, a veteran who now is a maintenance crew work leader at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, the country’s seventh busiest national cemetery.

The series was filmed, photographed, written and posted entirely by KENS5.com’s four-person digital content-creation team, says Jan Boyd, the station’s director of digital media. It reflects Boyd’s vision of a TV station website that has its own editorial voice while still meeting its obligations of supporting, and supplementing, on-air content. Read more

Jeff Vaughn Out, Jeff Goldblatt In at KENS

Just a week after saying goodbye to WMAQ in Chicago, Jeff Goldblatt has been announced as the new primary anchor at KENS in San Antonio.

“I’m very pleased to have someone of Jeff’s experience not only on the anchor desk but on the reporting front,” KENS president and general manager Bob McGann said in a statement. “He has tremendous experience covering national and international stories.”

Goldblatt replaces Jeff Vaughn, who was let go from the CBS-affiliate last week, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“I was disappointed,” Vaughn said. “I’m sad I’m not going to do news there anymore … but I’m ready for the next chapter, and happy to spend time with my son.” Read more

Mat Garcia Joins KENS as Morning Anchor

KENS has hired Mat Garcia to replace longtime morning anchor Fred Lozano, who is set to retire after more than three decades on San Antonio TV.

“We conducted a nationwide search and we are pleased to bring a journalist of Mat’s caliber to join Sarah Forgany, Natalie Tejeda and Paul Mireles,” KENS president and general manager Bob McGann said, referring to the CBS-affiliate’s current morning roster.

A Texas native, Garcia comes to KENS from KOCO in Oklahoma City, where he spent three years as a morning anchor before being bumped off the show in April. Read more

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