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News Director Peggy Phillip Exits KSHB

KSHB news director Peggy Phillip has left the Kansas City NBC-affiliate, Bottom Line Communications reports.

Phillip joined the station three years ago. She has previously been news director at WMAR in Baltimore, WSTM in Syracuse and WMC in Memphis. In 2009, she was named to the RTDNA Board of Directors. She began her television career at KTVN in Reno.

Phillip’s exit comes just a month after KSHB general manager Mike Vrabac announced his retirement.

[via Bottom Line Communications, Rick Gevers & Associates]

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Michelle Davidson, Michael Mackie to Join KSHB

Michelle Davidson and Michael Mackie will join KSHB in Kansas City as the co-hosts of a new daytime show launching this summer.

Davidson has previously worked at two Missouri stations: KOMU in Columbia and KYTV in Springfield. She anchored and reported at both stations. Mackie was most recently a senior writer and director at a Kansas City advertising and PR firm.

“We’re really excited about bringing this new show to our viewers,” KSHB VP-GM Mike Vrabac said in a statement. “41 Action News is continuing to develop local programming that is relevant to our community, and we’re thrilled that we were able to recruit the talents of Michelle and Michael.” [via Bottom Line Communications]

KSHB, KFOR Air Controversial Political Ad After Other Stations Decline

At least two NBC-affiliates recently aired a controversial anti-abortion ad after dozens of stations across the country declined to run the commercial.

KSHB in Kansas City and KFOR in Oklahoma City both aired an ad from dubious presidential hopeful Randall Terry that includes graphic images of aborted fetuses.  A number of stations, most notably WMAQ in Chicago, declined to run the ad because they did not consider Terry to be a serious candidate (Terry is a lifelong conservative who is now running for president as a Democrat).

“Political discourse is crucial in an open and democratic society,” KSHB general manager Mike Vrabac said in a statement, explaining the station’s decision to air the commercial during its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Read more

KSHB Adds JiaoJiao Shen to Morning Newscast

KSHB has named JiaoJiao Shen co-anchor of its morning newscast.  Shen has been working as a reporter with the NBC-affiliate since July.

She will work alongside Curtis Jay and replaces Christa Dubill, who has was recently named co-anchor of KSHB’s 4:30, 5:00, and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“We’re thrilled with the experience and professional skills JiaoJiao brings to the morning show,” KSHB vice president and general manager Mike Vrabac said, in announcing the move.  “She has some big shoes to fill replacing Christa but we love her enthusiasm and I’m confident that Kansas City will embrace her.” Read more

After ‘Extensive Search,’ KSHB Promotes Christa Dubill to Main Anchor

Christa Dubill has been tapped as co-anchor of KSHB‘s 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts, where she will appear alongside Mark Clegg.

Dubill, who has been anchoring the NBC-affiliate’s morning newscast since 2007, is replacing longtime anchor Elizabeth Alex. In January, Alex announced that she would be scaling back her anchoring duties to focus on humanitarian work.

“After a long and extensive search we are thrilled to promote Christa to the position,” said Mike Vrabac, vice president and general manager of KSHB-KMCI, in announcing the move. “She has been an integral part of our station growth and exhibited a leadership role in the news department.”

Dubill’s first day at 5:00 and 10:00 is set for July 4th.

“I look forward to stepping into viewers’ homes each night, taking a seat, and having a conversation about what’s new, what matters, and what makes sense,” she said. Read more