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Sharon Ito Leaving KXTV After 20 Years with Station

After 20 years working at KXTV in Sacramento, anchor-reporter Sharon Ito is stepping away from the news business to focus on raising the 11-year-old daughter she has with her husband, KXTV reporter George Warren.

Ito, who grew up in the Sacramento area, first started with KXTV in 1985 as a reporter and producer.  After leaving KXTV in 1990 for a job at KCAL in Los Angeles, she returned to the ABC-affiliate in 1996.

“It’s been wonderful being a part of the News10 family all these years,” Ito said in a statement.   “But of course, closest to my heart is raising our 11-year-old daughter here in Sacramento, the place I love.  It’s so true, there are stages in life and a break just feels right.” Read more

Jerome Parra Named News Director at KXTV

Jerome Parra will take over as news director of KXTV, the ABC-affiliate in Sacramento, on May 14.

Parra began his career as a writer and assignment editor at KXTV. He is currently the assistant news director at KPNX, the NBC-affiliate in Phoenix.

“He is a smart, innovative journalist who is passionate about news,” KXTV president and general manager Maria Barrs said in a statement. “He has great energy and ideas, along with the right experience, skills and drive to lead our team.” Read more

VIDEO: KXTV Reporter Gets Soaked on Roadside, as Anchor Predicts

In what seemed like an elaborate set-up to soak KXTV‘s Kate Larsen, the Sacramento ABC-affiliate dispatched the morning reporter to a busy roadway, where anchor Dan Elliott had spotted a large puddle.

Just as Keba Arnold, Elliott’s co-anchor, was warning Larsen about getting splashed, a car plowed through the puddle, drenching her (video above).

Veteran Political Reporter Leaving Radio for KXTV

Veteran political reporter John Myers is leaving his post as Sacramento bureau chief at public radio station KQED to join ABC-affiliate KXTV.

In a post on his Facebook page this week, Myers announced that he had accepted “the newly created position of Political Editor at KXTV.”

“The position allows me to not only continue my reporting on the Capitol and state politics (for broadcast and online), but to help shape News10′s 2012 election coverage and beyond,” Myers wrote.

In moving to KXTV, Myers is returning to his TV news roots.  He worked as an anchor and reporter at KSBY in San Luis Obispo before making the move to radio.  His first day at KXTV will be April 2.

Tim Geraghty Named News Director at Central Florida News 13

Tim Geraghty, who has been the news director at Sacramento’s KXTV for the past three years, is set to become the senior director of news at Central Florida News 13.

The Orlando-based cable news channel announced today that Geraghty will join its staff on March 19th.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Tim’s caliber joining News 13. We have a great newsroom and we expect it will become even greater under his leadership,” News 13 vice president and general manager Robin Smythe said, announcing the hiring. “Tim has a strong understanding of local news and has a track record of paying quality attention to his viewers and delivering them a relevant product.” Read more

While Reporting on Sacramento’s Homeless, KXTV Reporter Finds Man Injured After Train Accident

KXTV reporter Dave Marquis and photographer Jeff Baur were on their way to a homeless encampment in Sacramento over the weekend when they stumbled upon an injured man who had just fallen from a train.

“We saw a figure coming towards us on top of the tracks, who kind of waved to us, asked us if we had a cell phone and told us we needed to call 911,” Marquis said in his report (watch above). Read more

Robin Whitmeyer Named Vice President and News Director of KDFW

Robin Whitmeyer has been named vice president and news director of KDFW, the Fox O&O in Dallas. She will start on January 9.

Whitmeyer joins KDFW from WSOC, the ABC-affiliate in Charlotte, NC, where she has been the news director for the past eight years.

“Robin brings an extensive news and management background to the FOX 4 newsroom and the Dallas-Fort Worth market,” KDFW general manager Kathy Saunders said in a statement. “We are thrilled that she will be joining KDFW.”

Whitmeyer replaces Maria Barrs, who left KDFW to be president and general manager of KXTV in August.

KTXL Hires Alisa Becerra As Morning Anchor, And Adds Evening Newscast

KTXL has announced some programming changes going in to the new year: the Sacramento Fox-affiliate will add a 6 p.m. newscast, and has hired Alisa Becerra (pictured) to be the new morning anchor.

Becerra joins KTXL on December 5 from KSBW, the NBC-affiliate in Salinas. She replaces Ama Daetz, who left the station last month.

In January, KTXL is set to launch a 6 p.m. newscast anchored by Eric Harryman, the Sacramento Business-Journal reports. The station will compete in the early-evening timeslot with NBC-affiliate KCRA, CBS O&O KOVR and ABC-affiliate KXTV.

VIDEO: KXTV Producer Chased By Wild Turkey

“I would not want to be the people living here,” KXTV producer Duffy Kelly said, slamming her car door as a wild turkey pecked at the window.

Kelly was out in the Arden Oaks neighborhood to investigate reports of wild turkeys terrorizing walkers and joggers in the residential area. Once Kelly found the turkeys in question, she was chased several blocks — with the camera rolling the whole way (watch the video above). Read more

Maria Barrs Joins Sacramento’s KXTV as President and General Manager

Gannett Broadcasting has named Maria Barrs president and general manager of KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento. Barrs has been the vice president and news director for KDFW, the Fox owned-and-operated station in Dallas, for 13 years.

“She is an innovative manager, having built ratings growth during an era of challenging times,” Gannett EVP Lynn Beall said in a statement. “Maria has overseen eight hours of live news production a day … We are thrilled to have someone of her caliber lead KXTV.”

The move is a return to the Sacramento market for Barrs, who began her career as a desk assistant at NBC affiliate KCRA. She joined KDFW in 1994 as managing editor and was named news director in 1998.

“Maria is an incredibly talented product leader,” Gannett president Dave Lougee said. “She has a passion for what she does, and it shows.”

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