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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

Christy Moreno Named News Director at WBIR

Christy Moreno has been named news director at WBIR in Knoxville, replacing Bill Shory, who abruptly left the NBC-affiliate in March.

“I’m extremely excited about moving to Knoxville and joining the winning team (with a heart) at WBIR,” Moreno tweeted recently, referring to the station’s “Straight from the Heart” slogan.

Moreno comes to WBIR from KENS in San Antonio, where she worked as assistant news director.  Before KENS, Moreno spent nine years at KRIV in Houston, producing a number of the Fox station’s newscasts.

After 35 Years at KENS, Fred Lozano to Retire in June

KENS morning anchor Fred Lozano has announced he will retire from the San Antonio CBS-affiliate this Summer.

Lozano, who joined KENS in 1977, has served as both morning and evening anchor in his 35 years at the station. In a statement announcing the retirement, president and general manager Robert McGann called him “one of the finest journalists I have experienced the pleasure of working with in television.”

“He has been the rock of stability on our morning news since 1997,” he said. “I cannot thank Fred enough for his contributions to the success of KENS.” Read more

Phil Anaya Named Weekend Anchor at KENS

Phil Anaya is stepping into the weekend anchor role at KENS, the CBS-affiliate in San Antonio.

Anaya joined KENS in June as a reporter. He will co-anchor the weekend newscasts with Karen Grace beginning April 28.

“We conducted an extensive search and auditioned countless candidates from around the country, but the very best person for the job was already right here in our newsroom,” KENS president and general manager Robert McGann said in a statement.

Anaya replaces Christopher Heath, who joined WKEF in Dayton last year.

Christopher Heath Leaving San Antonio for Main Anchor Job in Dayton

Texas native Christopher Heath has left San Antonio’s KENS to become a main anchor at WKEF in Dayton, OH.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be a part of this newsroom and moreover this city,” Heath wrote on Facebook, announcing his move to Dayton.  “San Antonio doesn’t just feel like home, it is home.  This is the city where my wife and I celebrated our first anniversary, bought our first home and welcomed our son into this world.  Thank you San Antonio for everything!”

Heath joined KENS in 2008 as an anchor-reporter and his last day with the station was Sunday.  No word yet on when he’ll make his on-air debut with WKEF. Read more

KENS ‘Hugely Apologizes’ for Switching Away from Cowboys Game, Promises Investigation

San Antonio CBS-affiliate KENS was forced into damage control mode on Sunday after its feed of a lopsided Cowboys game was switched to a more competitive contest.

“We know we had some angry viewers today,” KENS sports anchor Vinnie Vinzetta said at the top of his segment during the station’s 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday.  “The Dallas Cowboy game went away before the fourth quarter with Dallas leading 34 to 7.  That was a decision made by the CBS Network, that was not a KENS5 decision.  We hugely apologize for the situation nonetheless.” Read more

KIAH’s Mayra Moreno Leaving Houston For KENS in San Antonio

Reporter and multimedia journalist Mayra Moreno is saying goodbye to KIAH, the CW-affiliate in Houston.

“I will be leaving Houston and headed to the great city of San Antonio,” Moreno wrote on Facebook. “More details to come soon.”

Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reported Moreno is headed to KENS, the CBS-affiliate in San Antonio, as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Her last day at KIAH will be October 7.

Moreno, a Houston native, has worked at KIAH since 2009. Prior to that, she was a reporter and associate producer at KRGV, the ABC-affiliate serving the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Transgender Fistfight Erupts Near KENS Live Truck

“This whole thing unfolded right in front of our eyes as we were sitting in our live truck,” KENS reporter Marvin Hurst said of a fistfight that erupted near his crew yesterday (video above). “This scuffle turned into a knock-down, drag-out fight between two transgender individuals in a convenience store parking lot this morning.”

The fistfight, which took place around 4 a.m. Monday morning and was captured by a KENS photographer, resulted in an arrest by the San Antonio police. Read more

Nine Years After KENS Departure, Albert Flores Will Be Back on San Antonio TV, At Least Temporarily

Albert Flores, a former weathercaster at San Antonio’s KENS, left the CBS affiliate in 2002 after The San Antonio Express-News accused him of plagiarizing weather columns he was writing for the paper. Now Flores is getting a second chance to report the weather — at another San Antonio station.

Flores will be guest-forecasting on WOAI, the market NBC affiliate, from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. next week. “WOAI said, ‘Let’s do it for a week and see what kind of audience response we get, so I’m hoping people tune in and respond positively,’ Flores told The Express-News. “And if not, I’m back to sweeping floors.”

Flores, who launched his own digital advertising company called Diverse Media while he was away from the television business, said he would be open to a permanent job with WOAI.

“I went in and cut an audition tape,” he said. “They were impressed that after eight years, I just got up there and did it. They liked what they saw obviously, and asked me back. It was like riding a bike.”

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