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Austin Morning Anchor Following Investigative Reporter Husband to Oregon

KTBC morning anchor Katherine Kisiel plans to follow her husband, investigative reporter Chris Willis, to his new job in Portland, OR, in a couple of weeks.

Last week we reported Willis, who used to work for Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, had been hired by Portland NBC affiliate KGW.  The station said he’ll start there in early July.

The Austin FOX owned station has plans for an on-air goodbye for Kisiel, though the date for that has not been set. Kisiel started her career as a reporter/anchor in Yuma, AZ. She’s also worked in Yakima, WA, and Tri-Cities, WA.

[Austin360.com]

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Investigative Reporter Chris Willis Headed to Oregon

Chris Willis is headed to Portland, OR, NBC affiliate KGW.

KGW news director Richard Jacobs told TVSpy, Willis will start sometime in early July.

Earlier this week we told you about reports of Willis leaving Austin NBC affiliate KXAN. He had worked at the station since 1999, leaving the morning anchor desk in 2011 to become the station’s chief investigative reporter.

Investigative Reporter Chris Willis Out at KXAN

Investigative reporter Chris Willis has parted ways with Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Willis has worked at KXAN since 1999. In 2011, he left the morning anchor desk to become a full-time investigative reporter.

Willis’ bio has been stripped from the KXAN website. The American-Statesman reports the station has not commented on his departure.

KXAN Introduces New Morning Anchor

Austin NBC-affiliate KXAN introduced Robert Maxwell to viewers this morning, announcing that Maxwell would join the morning anchor desk on March 12.

Maxwell comes to KXAN from KTVX in Salt Lake City, where he served as the station’s primary evening anchor.  In addition to co-anchoring KXAN’s morning newscast, Maxwell will work as an investigative reporter.

“I’m pleased to welcome a journalist of Robert’s caliber to the KXAN team,” KXAN news director Michael Fabac said this week.  “Robert’s personality will help engage the a.m. news audience and serve as a terrific compliment to anchor Sally Hernandez.” Read more

Anchor Chris Willis to Lead KXAN Investigative Team

KXAN anchor Chris Willis has been tapped to lead the investigative team for the NBC-affiliate in Austin.

Willis has worked at KXAN as both a reporter and an anchor since joining the station in 1999. He currently co-anchors the morning newscast with Shannon Wolfson, but he will be leaving the anchor desk to focus on his investigative role full-time.

“His experiences in the field and from behind the anchor desk have allowed Chris the opportunity to develop unmatched relationships with our audience and the newsmakers of Austin,” KXAN news director Michael Fabac said in a statement.

Austin’s KXAN Debuts 4:30 a.m. Start Time

Austin NBC-affiliate KXAN debuted a new, expanded morning newscast today with a 4:30 a.m. start time.

Stepping in front of the cameras a half hour earlier is KXAN’s established morning team of anchors Chris Willis and Sally Hernandez (right), weathercaster Shawn Rutherford, and traffic reporter Debra Wynn.

“Our expanded morning show with our entire morning team will be poised and ready at 4:30 a.m. to provide our viewers the best in local news every morning,” said Eric Lassberg, KXAN’s president and general manager.

In Austin, KXAN follows ABC-affiliate KVUE and Fox O&O KTBC in expanding to 4:30.