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KIRO News Director Todd Mokhtari Jumps to KNBC

After five years as news director at KIRO in Seattle, Todd Mokhtari will take over next week as vice president of news at KNBC in Los Angeles, the NBC O&O announced today.

The move is a return to KNBC for Mokhtari, who was managing editor there from 2006-07. Prior to that, he spent four years as assistant news director at another NBC O&O, KNTV in San Francisco-San Jose. From 1997-2002, he was news director at KCPQ, the Fox-affiliate in Seattle.

“I am thrilled to welcome back Todd to the NBC4 team,” Steve Carlston, president and GM of KNBC, said in a statement. “Todd’s knowledge of the Southern California market, combined with his experience in producing high-quality content for broad audiences, will greatly contribute to our newscasts.”

KNBC has been without a news director since Vickie Burns resigned in March. Read more

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VP of News Vickie Burns Leaving KNBC

After almost two years as vice president of news at KNBC, Vickie Burns is leaving the Los Angeles NBC O&O.

“Vickie Burns has decided to leave KNBC to pursue opportunities closer to her family,” a KNBC spokesperson told TVSpy. “We’re so grateful to her for her contributions and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Burns was hired in 2010 by Craig Robinson, who was promoted to chief diversity officer at NBC Universal in August. Steve Carlston took over as KNBC’s president and general manager in September.

“When Craig moved to his new role, I committed to helping a new leader with transition,” Burns wrote in a farewell note to staff obtained by LA Observed. “Now, it’s time for Steve to select a News Director to help lead the next phase of growth for KNBC and time for me to get back east of the Mississippi.” Read more

Veteran Reporter Craig Fiegener Joins KNBC in LA

Craig Fiegener, who has been a California-based reporter since 1996, will join NBC owned-and-operated KNBC in Los Angeles as a general assignment reporter next week.

Fiegner will focus on the Inland Empire region of Riverside and San Bernadino counties. A large majority of his reporting career has been spent on this region of Southern California — from 2002 to 2006, he served as the Inland Empire bureau reporter for rival station KCBS. He left to start a local news website for the region, InstantRiverside.com.

“Craig is the perfect combination of broadcast and web journalist, who has been covering the Inland Empire since 2006,” said Vickie Burns, vice president of news at KNBC. “This, along with his award-winning on-air reporting experience, make him the perfect choice to spearhead the station’s Inland Empire coverage.”

Lucy Noland Named Anchor of KNBC’s 12 p.m. News

Lucy Noland, who joined KNBC in July after four years at KHOU in Houston, will anchor the station’s newly-launched noon newscast. Noland is also the 6 p.m. anchor at the NBC O&O in Los Angeles.

The new program, which debuts today at noon, will focus on social media to engage viewers. KNBC technology and social media reporter Makahlo Medina will invite “viewers to actively participate in the coverage of the top stories of the day” via Facebook, Twitter and the station’s website.

KNBC will compete in the timeslot with Fox owned-and-operated KTTV and independent station KCAL, which are the only other stations in the market that have noon newscasts. Read more

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.”

Lucy Noland Named Early Evening Anchor at KNBC

Lucy Noland has been named the 6 p.m. anchor at KNBC, the NBC O&O in Los Angeles. Noland takes over beginning tonight for Ana Garcia, who will become a full-time investigative reporter for KNBC.

Noland has anchored at stations in several different markets. “Lucy is a vibrant anchor with a terrific on-air presence,” KNBC vice president and news director Vickie Burns said in a statement. “She is a skilled journalist who will continuously engage viewers and deliver stories that matter.”

Noland joined KNBC earlier this month after four years at Houston’s KHOU, where she co-anchored the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. broadcasts. She has also been an anchor at WNYW in New York, WJBK in Detroit and KJEO in Fresno.