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KNBC Anchor Stephanie Elam Joins CNN

Stephanie Elam is joining CNN as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Elam comes from KNBC, the NBC owned station in Los Angeles, where she is the weekend evening anchor.

It is a return to CNN for Elam, who worked as a business news correspondent for the network before joining KNBC in 2011.

“Stephanie is an excellent communicator and tenacious reporter, and we are pleased to have her back as a part of the CNN family,” CNN vice president of newsgathering Terence Burke said in a statement.

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KNBC’s Commitment to Diversity Questioned Following Demotions of Hispanic Talent

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has sent a letter to Los Angeles NBC O&O KNBC and its corporate parent Comcast expressing concern over an alarming number of recent demotions among the station’s Hispanic on-air talent.

According to data compiled by a KNBC staffer and shared with NAHJ, the station has taken action against the majority of its Hispanic on-air staff this year. Of the nine Hispanic anchors, reporters, and weathercasters at KNBC, since January 10th, five have either been demoted or terminated. And as of last week, none of the station’s on-air hires in 2011 are of Hispanic heritage.

KNBC, which just announced the promotion of Robert Kovacik and hiring of Stephanie Elam to anchor weekends, currently has no Hispanic anchors on its prime p.m. newscasts while 30% of reporters appearing during these programs are Hispanic. This seeming lack of Latino representation is especially significant in the Los Angeles market, where nearly half of viewers are Hispanic.

“We’re very concerned about what’s being reported,” NAHJ president Michele Salcedo tells TVSpy. “It’s very important for a newsroom to reflect the community in which it operates.”

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KNBC Names Robert Kovacik and Former CNN Correspondent Stephanie Elam Weekend Anchors

KNBC, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles, has named new anchors of its weekend 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts: Robert Kovacik and Stephanie Elam (pictured).

Kovacik has been the interim anchor of the two evening broadcasts since March. He has been with the station since 2004 and spent the majority of his time at KNBC as the weekday morning anchor.

He will anchor alongside former CNN business correspondent Stephanie Elam, who left the cable network in April after eight years. A California native, Elam and her family relocated to Los Angeles this spring.

“Having two anchors again will bring an exciting new vibrancy and pace to the broadcasts,” KNBC vice president and news director Vickie Burns said in a statement. “Robert and Stephanie are two respected journalists with a terrific on-air presence. We believe they have just the right dynamic to deliver a solid news product and connect with our audience.”