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Vanessa Flowers Signs Off From KOLN-KGIN

Vanessa Flowers, anchor and producer for KOLN-KGIN, the CBS affiliate for Lincoln and Grand Island, NE, has announced she is leaving the station.

“This is a very very big decision for me,” Flowers told viewers alongside her replacement Abby Turpin on today’s Noon news. “As most of you know, I have paralysis on my right vocal chord which it more than likely is going to require surgery.”

Flowers has been off air since the beginning of the year after being diagnosed with the condition. She had been working behind the scenes, but told viewers she thought it was best to go ahead and get the surgery and focus on her health.

She started at KOLN-KGIN in November 2010. She has also worked in Birmingham, AL, Wichita, KS, and Evansville, IN, and as a field producer for MSNBC.

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KOLN-KGIN Anchor Vanessa Flowers Diagnosed With Vocal Cord Paralysis

KOLN-KGIN anchor Vanessa Flowers has been off the air for several months with a paralyzed right vocal cord. The noon and 5 p.m. anchor tells the Lincoln Journal Star about her problems with her voice, which began in January with no warning:

“I was going on the 5 o’clock news, and my voice … I didn’t feel bad,” she remembered. “There was nothing leading up to to it. There were no signs or symptoms. I wasn’t coughing or sneezing — no signs of any problems.

“But about five minutes before we hit the air, I started practicing a little and wondered ‘What’s going on?’” The weather guys, she said, had a bet as to whether or not she would make it through the newscast.

“I was, like, I’m going to get this,” she recalled. “Sure enough, by the end of the newscast my voice was gone, and the next day you couldn’t understand a word I said. I couldn’t talk at all.”

Flowers, who is being treated at University of Nebraska Medical Center, is hopeful that her voice will return. In the meantime, she has been producing and writing at the Lincoln duopoly. Read more

KOLN Anchor Vanessa Flowers Out at 6 and 10 P.M.

Vanessa Flowers is being moved off the anchor desk for the 6 and 11 pm. news at KOLN, The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting.

One year after replacing departing Serese Cole, Flowers has been moved to the Noon newscast.  She will continue to anchor the 5 p.m.

Her move prompts other line up changes which are, as general manager Jason Effinger told the Journal Star, all part of the Lincoln market’s increasing appetite for news:

“As the demand grows (for news), we are trying to grow with it,” said Effinger, who noted KOLN’s staff has grown 35 percent since 2009.

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Dave Roberts To Join KOLN-KGIN January 1

Dave Roberts is joining KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln as the evening co-anchor, the station officially announced yesterday.

He will co-anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Vanessa Flowers beginning January 1. Roberts joins KOLN-KGIN after six years at KMTV in Omaha, where he is co-executive producer and weekend anchor.

“I’ve worked in almost every position that a television station has to offer,” Roberts said in a statement. “To me, it’s still magical.”

KOLN-KGIN Promotes Flowers to Main Anchor

In Lincoln, KOLN-KGIN has tapped Vanessa Flowers to co-anchor its 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Flowers, who has been with the joint CBS-affiliate since November 2010, will work alongside current anchor John Fortney, effectively replacing Serese Cole, who left the station earlier this summer to join WOWT in Omaha.

Flowers has anchored KOLN-KGIN’s “Nebraska Central News“–a 9 p.m. newscast that airs on the stations’ MyTV digital subchannel–since its debut last December.

“This is a great opportunity to continue to serve Nebraska viewers,” she said of her move to 5, 6, and 10, which will bring her from Grand Island to Lincoln. “I get to work with the same great team of people, but in a different city.”

Sara Geake, who has worked as a reporter for KGIN since 2006, replaces Flowers as “NCN” anchor.