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After 2 Years Without a Contract, Stephanie Watson Will Leave Pittsburgh’s KDKA

After five years as an anchor for CBS owned-and-operated KDKA in Pittsburgh, Stephanie Watson‘s last day on the air will be Sunday.

Watson has worked the last two years without a contract. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Watson — who has been splitting time with Kristine Sorensen as weekday evening news anchor since January — was hoping to be named the permanent successor to Patrice King Brown, who retired earlier this year.

But last week, the station announced former CBS correspondent Susan Koeppen would take over the nightly anchor duties. Watson turned in her resignation on September 12, the same day KDKA announced that Koeppen was joining the station. Read more

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KDKA Hires Former CBS Correspondent Susan Koeppen and Former WEWS Anchor Kimberly Gill

KDKA, the CBS O&O in Pittsburgh, has hired two new anchors for the evening newscasts: former CBS News consumer correspondent Susan Koeppen (pictured) and former WEWS anchor Kimberly Gill.

Koeppen, who frequently contributed to “The Early Show” during her time at CBS News, will co-anchor the 6 p.m. newscast with Stacy Smith and the 11 p.m. newscast with Ken Rice beginning September 19. She will also contribute to the station as a consumer reporter.

“It was a really natural pairing for her to come to the station,” KDKA news director Anne Linaberger told the Pittsburgh Business Times of Koeppen, who lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

Kimberly Gill, who was cut loose at Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS in July, begins October 3 as the noon and 4 p.m. anchor. She will anchor both broadcasts alongside Smith. Read more

Saying Goodbye to KDKA, Anchor Patrice King Brown Recalls Her Anxious First Day

Anchor Patrice King Brown bid farewell to Pittsburgh’s KDKA last week after nearly 33 years with the station.

Fighting back tears, she recounted her first day with the CBS O&O.

“I broke out in hives the first day I was on the air. I mean, head to toe hives, I was so nervous,” she said on Friday. “It was actually kind of a scary experience that day.” (video below, after the jump)

Brown’s co-anchor Stacey Smith emphasized the legacy that the veteran anchor and longtime co-host of KDKA’s “Pittsburgh 2Day” is leaving.

“You, darling, are in our hearts,” Smith told Brown. “This is your home–always will be, always has been.”

“I’m coming off the anchor desk,” Brown concluded, “but the pride that I have in this city and what you and I have accomplished. It will definitely live on in my heart.” Read more

Anchor Patrice King Brown to Retire from Pittsburgh’s KDKA After 32 Years

Anchor Patrice King Brown is set to retire from Pittsburgh’s KDKA after 32 years with the CBS O&O.

“Patrice has spent most of her adult life at KDKA-TV and has made a significant contribution for more than half of the station’s existence. Her warmth and grace have endeared her to viewers and co-workers alike,” said Christopher Pike, KDKA’s vice president and general manager.

King Brown, 55, joined KDKA in 1978 as co-host of the station’s afternoon lifestyle show “Pittsburgh 2Day.”  She would later go on to helm the station’s anchor desk, covering the 4, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Her final day is scheduled for January 28.