“Rita joined us two years ago from Los Angeles and made an immediate impact with her style, news instinct and engaging personality,” KRIV vice president and general manager D’Artagnan Bebel said in a statement. “We are happy to make this well-deserved opportunity available to her.”
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The station will launch a weekend morning newscast that will air from 5 to 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It will be anchored by Sally MacDonald, who gets a promotion from general assignment reporter to weekend morning anchor. John Dawson will be the newscast’s meteorologist.
The second newscast will air from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Rita Garcia, who currently anchors at 9 p.m. on weekends, will add this newscast to her responsibilities. Both newscasts will debut on July 7.
Garcia, a Texas native, joins KRIV from KCBS-KCAL in Los Angeles, where she was a reporter. She begins this weekend as anchor of KRIV’s 9 p.m. newscast.
“It’s truly rewarding to be back in a place I once called home,” Garcia said in a statement. “I look forward to reporting powerful stories that affect our viewers in a city that has always had a special place in my heart.”