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Randall Carlisle Returns to KTVX

Randall CarlisleRandall Carlisle is returning to his former station, KTVX in Salt Lake City, to anchor the weekend newscasts. Carlisle begins at the ABC affiliate May 3.

“Randall is one of the best journalists I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside. He’s great under pressure,” news director George Severson said in a statement. “Having him back in the newsroom and behind the weekend news desk is really a good thing for Utah viewers.”

Carlisle left KTVX in 2008 after 17 years with the station. He will begin anchoring the weekend evening newscasts on May 10.

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Salt Lake City’s First Black Anchor? Hired This June

When Nadia Crow joined Brian Carlson on set for the 4:00 p.m. news at Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX in June, The Salt Lake Tribune said she became the first African-American to have a regular anchoring job at a Salt Lake City station.

“I knew it would be a challenge coming here with the struggles they’ve had, but chaos creates opportunity,” Crow told Tribune media writer Scott Pierce. “So I looked at it more as a challenge. And knowing that I would be the first African-American anchor was also a challenge that I wanted to take on.”

“I’m so amazed, for someone that young, how advanced her skills are,” said KTVX news director George Severson. “She stands out because she seems so engaged, especially coming to a whole new world.”

She said she was concerned initially she wouldn’t fit in. “I asked George, ‘Is there somewhere I can get my hair done? Am I going to be able to go to the grocery store and see somebody that looks like me? What is going to happen if I come there?’ ” Crow said. “But coming here has really opened up my eyes. There is diversity here. And there are growing populations that people outside of Utah don’t realize are here.” Read more

KTVX Changes 4:00 PM Anchor Team

Nexstar owned KTVX has announced an anchor team change on its 4:00pm news. In will be Nadia Crow (pictured left) and Brian Carlson (pictured right), out will be Kim Fischer and Brent Hunsaker.

Crow comes to the Salt Lake City ABC affiliate from KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA, where she had been an anchor and reporter for three years.

“From the moment we saw them together, we knew we had a great team in the making,” said KTVX-KUCW news director George Severson. “Brian and Nadia compliment one another really well. They’re capable newscasters with heart and charm. I know viewers will trust them and welcome the pair into their homes each afternoon.”

Crow will also anchor for sister station CW affiliate KUCW‘s 9:00pm newscast. Currently, Carlson is an evening reporter for KTVX and a 9:00pm anchor for KUCW.

The station said Fischer and Hunsaker will “will focus on ABC 4 Utah News at 5, 6 and 10 P.M. as well as being contributors to the 4 P.M. and other newscasts.” Crow and Carlson will begin anchoring at 4:00pm this Thursday, June 27.

Broken Sprinkler Floods KTVX Studio

Newscasts at Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX were temporarily moved this week after a broken sprinkler flooded the studio (video above).

“It was only one sprinkler near the front of our news studio — we had water damage to some of our news set and electrical gear,” KTVX news director George Severson told 24 Salt Lake.

The studio was repaired in time for the station’s 10 p.m. newscast Thursday.

George Severson Named News Director at KMIR

Journal Broadcasting Group has named George Severson news director at KMIR, the NBC-affiliate serving the Coachella Valley in California.

Severson joins KMIR from KOIN, the CBS-affiliate in Portland, where he was an executive producer. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as an executive producer at KTVX, the ABC-affiliate in Salt Lake City.

“I look forward to leading our dedicated news team in producing engaging and relevant newscasts and quality local programming,” Severson said in a statement.

Severson replaces Kate Glover, who left for KNSD in August. She is an executive producer on the morning show there.