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Longtime Dallas Anchor Gets Choked Up Telling Newsroom She’s Moving to Mornings

Karen Borta has been the evening anchor at Dallas CBS owned station KTVT since she started at the station in 1995. Today, she told her colleagues in the newsroom she was moving to the morning shift.

While talking about the January 12 move, Borta got choked up in an unironic, genuine sort of way while talking about being able to spend more time with her family.

“I’m going to love, love, love, being able to go home at 11:30 and to be that mom who can pick up kids, and go to games, and have dinner with my family.” She said before the tears started to come. She added, “I’m going to suck up every minute that I can with my family while I have those years left.”

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KTVT Adds Reporters Gabriel Roxas and Jeff Paul

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KTVT, the CBS-owned station in Dallas, has added reporters Gabriel Roxas and Jeff Paul to its news team.

Roxas spent the past two years at Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV. Jeff Paul’s last name is actually Skrzypek, but he’s changing it to Paul (something simpler and easier to pronounce) for his new job.

Paul spent the past three years as Jeff Skrzypek at NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. KTVT director of communications Lori Conrad confirmed both new hires to Uncle Barky’s Bytes yesterday.

Roxas starts on December 8 and Paul starts on December 15.

Traffic Reporter Whitney Drolen Out at KTVT

whitneydrolenWhitney Drolen, early morning traffic reporter at KTVT in Dallas, resigned from the CBS-owned station on Friday.

“I’m always grateful for the opportunities I have been given,” Drolen told Uncle Barky’s Bytes. “However, I’m really looking forward to the next chapter. A chapter that I feel will be much more healthy for me emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally.”

Before joining KTVT in the summer of 2012, Drolen worked at CBS-owned KCBS-KCAL in Los Angeles.

Lori Conrad, director of communications at KTVT, explained to Uncle Barky’s Bytes that Drolen “told us that she has decided to leave the (TV) business.”

There’s no word yet on who will replace her.

Lisa Villegas Named KTVT Morning Meteorologist

villegasLisa Villegas has been named morning meteorologist for KTVT.

Villegas comes to the CBS owned station from Rio Grande Valley ABC affiliate KRGV.

She wrote on her facebook page, “You are looking at the newest MORNING METEOROLOGIST for KTVT – CBS Channel 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth!!!!!! I’ll be a part of a NEW weekend morning show and will add as a second morning meteorologist during the work week.”

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark, who first reported the move said “Villegas’ arrival means that CBS11 no longer will be the only D-FW station without a woman on their weather team. NBC5 has three while Fox4 and Gannett8 each have two.”

KTVT Anchor Tracy Kornet Leaving Station

Tracy-KornetTracy Kornet, an anchor/reporter and eight-year veteran of the CBS O&O KTVT, has decided to leave the Dallas station.

KTVT’s director of communications, Lori Conrad, confirmed the move to TVSpy today: ”She is moving to Nashville to be closer to her family,” Conrad explained.

Kornet arrived at the station in 2006. She previously worked at KNXV in Phoenix as a morning news anchor and host.

Kornet’s last day is September 5.

After Arrest, Brendan Higgins Out at KTVT

HigginsThe Dallas Morning News reports KTVT anchor Brendan Higgins has left the CBS O&O in Dallas:

Lori Conrad, spokesperson for CBS11, tells Dallas media blogger Ed Bark that “Brendan Higgins is no longer with the station.”

Higgins was arrested after an incident in Aspen, Colorado, that involved a fistfight and allegations the news anchor threatened police officers. In his first public comments, Higgins posted a message to Facebook:

If my email inbox is any indication, many of you are wondering about a recent incident in Aspen, Colo., that resulted in my arrest. Sorry it took so long to issue a post as I’ve been dealing with the related matters. First, I need to apologize for the negative attention this incident has brought to my wife and our family, our friends and the many wonderful people I’ve worked with over the years. I’m also sorry to the authorities in Aspen, who do a great job every day. I simply put myself and others in a bad situation, which will not happen again. My plan is to answer the legal charges against me. Thanks to all of you who have sent your support.

KTXA Scraps Local Sports Show

the fan sports showKTXA, the CBS-owned independent station in Dallas, has canceled “The Fan Sports Show,” Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports. Beginning next week, the station will shift “Inside Edition” to 6:30 p.m. and will air classic Western shows, such as reruns of “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza,” from 7 to 8 p.m.

“It will create a fun summertime escape for fans of these classic shows,” KTVT-KTXA general manager Gary Schneider told Bark. “And we’ll be introducing them to other viewers for the first time. This is truly timeless television.”

“The Fan Sports Show” is anchored by Bill Jones, with Jane Slater as the regular fill-in. Both of them will remain with KTVT-KTXA, according to Bark.

Earlier this week, KTVT-KTXA sportscaster Steve Dennis parted ways with the stations after being told they were cutting back on sports.

Steve Dennis out at KTVT, Told Station ‘Cutting Back on Sports’

dennis ktvtThe Dallas Morning News reports KTVT and KTXA sports reporter Steve Dennis is out at the Dallas CBS owned stations.

The Morning News said management at the station told Dennis Thursday he was “no longer needed” after 16 years.

“I’m looking for work,” Dennis said Friday. “The Cowboys season is bearing down on us and I have to be there.”

Dennis, 53, said station management told him, “We love you but we are doing away with your position.”

Gary Schneider, general manager at channels 11 and 21, confirmed, “there was no issue with his performance.”

Schneider said the stations would be cutting back on sports programming, particularly at Channel 21.

Sharrie Williams Joins WPVI From KTVT

sharrie williamsSharrie Williams is leaving KTVT in Dallas for WPVI in Phildelphia, Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports.

Williams has been a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at CBS-owned KTVT since 2011. At ABC-owned WPVI, she will anchor the 5 p.m. newscast and report on the 11 p.m. newscast.

Before KTVT, Williams worked at WFOR in Miami, WVTM in Birmingham and WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn.

Dallas CBS Station Adds Anchor/Reporter from Washington, D.C.

molestina_croppedKen Molestina will join Dallas CBS owned station KTVT as an anchor and reporter.

Molestina comes from WUSA in Washington, D.C. where he was a reporter. Before that he worked at KVIA in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso, Molestina was a volunteer firefighter for the West Valley Fire Department in El Paso County. He has also worked at TV and radio stations in Gainesville, FL.

His first day will be January 6, 2014.

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