“Shellene’s diverse background includes news anchoring and reporting, college basketball play-by-play (both men’s and women’s), and leadership and media coaching,” KOAA news director Kelly Duffy told The Gazette. “She’s a multifaceted journalist with three Emmys under her belt.”
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Horbelt joined KOAA in 2011 as the morning anchor and was promoted to evening anchor in 2012. During her time at the NBC affiliate, she met and married her husband, another KOAA employee. In a statement, Horbelt said she will make the move to be closer to her family.
“We are very happy that Jennifer is able to take this next step in her career and that it’s also a move that includes pulling her family closer together,” KOAA news Kelly Duffy said.
Abati will work on the Noon, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. shows.
“Not only am I excited to take advantage of all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer,” Abati said in a statement. “But I’m looking forward to being in an active weather region that will constantly keep me on my toes forecasting.”
Before coming to KOAA, Abati worked at KSBW in Salinas, CA. She also worked as program director for the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation. Abati spent eight years in Cincinnati, working for WXIX and WLWT.
He said KOAA told him the deal was off Thursday morning. “The conversation was very clinical and professional, and they informed me that this got a lot more attention than anyone could have possibly imagined when everything got started,” Kraemer told The Eagle. “They’re in a difficult situation because they don’t want to get national or global publicity just for making a reporter hire.”
“It’s been a difficult week,” said Kraemer who told The Eagle he’s not sure what he will do now. “The only thing that’s gotten me through it is the anonymous love I’ve gotten from a lot of people.”
“In addition to her other strengths, Kelly has been recognized for excellence in delivering breaking news on multiple platforms in life threatening situations,” KOAA president and general manager Evan Pappas said in a statement. “With the unprecedented string of natural disasters and news stories with national significance here in recent years, it’s that type of experience in the news trenches we’ll rely upon.”
Duffy has also anchored at KSNW in Wichita, KS. Her first day at KOAA will be December 2.
Lyden signed off from KOAA in 2012 after 29 years as the station’s primary anchor. At the time, she said she felt it was the right time to “hang up the microphone and spend more time with family.”
Lyden will rejoin the station as anchor of the 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She will join Rob Quirk and Jennifer Horbelt, who replaced her at the anchor desk last year. In a press release announcing the news, KOAA said the trio will be “the most experienced and successful team in Southern Colorado television.”
KOAA recently bought a nearly 25,000-square-foot building at 5520 Tech Center Drive on the Springs’ northwest side. KOAA will occupy the entire two-story building, which it will gut and remodel into offices and state-of-the-art broadcast facilities, said Joany D’Agostino, the station’s marketing director. The purchase and remodeling will cost about $5 million.
By November or December, she said, the station will move to that building from 11,000 square feet it leases in a portion of a building at 530 Communication Circle on the city’s west side.
As NBC News prepares a shift in the executive ranks at “Today,” Broadcasting & Cable‘s Michael Malone talks to the NBC affiliates (subscription required) about the program, which has been dethroned by ABC’s “Good Morning America” this year.
“My news director would prefer it to be more heavy news than fluffier—he and I have had that conversation,” says Derek Rogers, general manager at WMGT Macon (Ga.), who adds that he has not seen a difference.
Most feel it’s a personnel issue — that Ann Curry’s Today promotion, and subsequent departure, was mishandled; that Matt Lauer was dinged up in the imbroglio; and that Savannah Guthrie hasn’t yet won her way into America’s bedrooms and family rooms. “I believe they simply went through transition/growing pains after Meredith’s departure that exposed weaknesses in their legacy dominance,” says Evan Pappas, president/ general manager at KOAA Colorado Springs, who expresses “great confidence” in the Today brain trust getting things moving.
WBKO, the ABC-affiliate in Bowling Green, KY, has recently shuffled its anchor lineup.
Tina Jennings (left) takes over as anchor of the morning and midday newscasts. Jennings, formerly the weekend anchor and producer, replaces Haley Harmon, who left the station for a job at WATE in Knoxville.
Torres joins the station from KOB in Albuquerque, where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor. “I am honored to be coming to KOAA and to Southern Colorado,” she said in a statement. “And yes, I really am a morning person!”
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