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Brian Loftus Moves to KLAS Anchor Desk

loftus klas croppedBrian Loftus has been named co-anchor of the KLAS morning news.

For the past five years, Loftus has been the traffic reporter for the Las Vegas CBS station. He joins anchor Kirsten Joyce and weather anchor Sherry Swensk.

“I know he’ll do a great job from the anchor desk,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said in a statement. “He loves the morning newscast and he enjoys bringing some fun and humor to the program, which is why so many of his fans wanted to see Brian in this new position.”

Loftus has followed an unconventional career track. He went into broadcasting in 2002 after starting as a middle and high school teacher and coach. He switched from radio to television in 2006. He then got a job as a feature reporter for KMPH in Fresno.

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Cale Ramaker Out at KLAS

ramaker klasCale Ramaker, anchor for Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, is on his way out at the station.

KLAS news director Ron Comings told TVSpy Ramaker is still an employee until his contract runs out. Comings added, “However, he is free to pursue other opportunities.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Ramaker’s departure was announced in a short email last week. “Effective immediately, Cale Ramaker will no longer co-anchor the morning newscast on 8 News Now. We appreciate Cale’s efforts here. He is a good journalist and a solid anchor and I wish him the best as he seeks a new opportunity.”

Ramaker was hired in 2012 along with Shauna Khorrami as part of a new morning team. He had worked at WOFL in Orlando for seven years until his contract wasn’t renewed. Khorrami left KLAS in March last year.

KLAS Reporter Faces Discipline After Failing to Disclose Ties to Church She Reported On

KLAS reporter Sharie Harvin is facing disciplinary action at the Las Vegas CBS affiliate after failing to disclose her ties to a church featured in one of her reports.

KLAS news director Ron Comings told TVSpy that Harvin was assigned a reaction story to yesterday’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. After contacting more than 10 religious leaders for the story, Harvin told Comings that she was unable to find one willing to participate in the report except her own pastor at the Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church.

Comings signed off on the decision to quote Harvin’s pastor without knowing that Harvin helps the church with publicity and is listed on the website as Nehemiah Ministries’ director of public relations. The report did not mention Harvin’s involvement with the church.

“I think we probably wouldn’t have done it if we had known her role there. One thing’s for certain, we would have and should have put a disclaimer on it,” Comings said. “The credibility of the news department is at stake at something like this, and integrity is extremely important to us.”

Comings said Harvin is “subject to discipline” but declined to comment on specifics.

The online version of the story will be updated to reflect Harvin’s role at the Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church, Comings said.

>Update: a tipster points out that Harvin has reported on the Nehmiah Ministries on at least two other occasions. See the reports here and here.

Watch the report after the jump. Read more

Weekend Anchor Chris Saldana Leaving KLAS

Chris Saldana, the weekend anchor at KLAS, has announced his exit from the Las Vegas CBS affiliate.

Saldana, who joined KLAS in 2004, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his decision to leave was because the station denied him vacation time to be with his ailing father over the holidays. Saldana was also passed over for a promotion when weekday anchor Gary Waddell retired earlier this year, he said.

“It was my decision,” Saldana said.  “I love what I do but was no longer happy where I was doing it at.”

KLAS news director Ron Comings told the Review-Journal that he is “sorry to see him leave and wish him great success in whatever he chooses to do.”

Morning Anchor Dayna Roselli Out at KLAS

Morning anchor Dayna Roselli is no longer with Las Vegas CBS-affiliate KLAS, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Her final broadcast was Monday.

Roselli’s departure comes after KLAS announced a new anchor team, Cale Ramaker and Shauna Khorrami, earlier this week.

“We are not satisfied with our position in the mornings, and that has led us to some difficult decisions,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said. “This is one of several changes we are making to better serve our morning viewers.”

Ramaker and Khorrami are not set to debut until July. In the interim, reporters Jessica Lovell and Patranya Bhoolsuwan will fill in as morning anchors.

KLAS Announces New Morning Anchor Team

Las Vegas CBS-affiliate KLAS is set to debut a new morning anchor team.

Beginning July 30th, the KLAS morning newscast will be anchored by Cale Ramaker and Shauna Khorrami (right).

Ramaker comes to KLAS after seven years at WOFL in Orlando, where he anchored the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.  Khorrami joins the station after anchoring the morning news at KSTU in Salt Lake City. Read more