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Kathy Kuretich Promoted to Morning Co-Anchor at KSBY

Kathy Kuretich has been promoted to morning co-anchor at KSBY, the NBC affiliate in San Luis Obispo.

Kuretich will begin in her new role on April 1 after she returns from maternity leave, joining Richard Gearhart and Dan Shadwell on the morning newscast. She replaces Carina Corral, who left KSBY for KSEE in December.

“We are incredibly excited to have Kathy join the Daybreak team,” news director Doug Barden said in a statement. “She’s one of those versatile news anchors that I know will work hard every day to bring the most up to the minute news stories to our viewers.”

Kuretich joined KSBY in April 2011 and was promoted to weekend evening anchor in February 2012.

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Don Sanchez Retires After 40 years at KGO

Don Sanchez, veteran anchor and reporter for KGO, the San Francisco ABC owned station, is calling it quits after 49 years in television.

“It has been quite a ride,” Sanchez told Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman.  “I have several things I want to do, but nothing concrete yet. Just a little ‘r and r’ to start.

Sanchez joined KGO in 1972 as a general assignment reporter.  His tenure includes covering the Patty Hearst kidnapping and subsequent trial and being part of the station’s heyday during the 1970s and 80s.  Recently, Sanchez had been working as KGO’s Arts and Entertainment reporter.

Known for his eternally youthful look, Sanchez began his television career at KSBY the San Luis Obispo NBC affiliate.

For those in the San Francisco Bay Area market, the station will air a tribute to Don in tonight’s 6 p.m. show.

Longtime WRDW Anchor Tom Campbell Dies Following Battle with Cancer

Longtime WRDW anchor Tom Campbell, who has been battling cancer for over a year, died Wednesday morning.

Campbell had a 44-year career in journalism, joining Augusta CBS-affiliate WRDW in 1995. He retired last December as he continued to undergo rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to fight tumors near his bile duct.

“Tom will be missed by all of us who were lucky enough to work side by side with him,” veteran WRDW anchor Richard Rogers wrote on his Facebook page today.

In September, Rogers sat down with Campbell and discussed his battle with cancer. Read more

Veteran Political Reporter Leaving Radio for KXTV

Veteran political reporter John Myers is leaving his post as Sacramento bureau chief at public radio station KQED to join ABC-affiliate KXTV.

In a post on his Facebook page this week, Myers announced that he had accepted “the newly created position of Political Editor at KXTV.”

“The position allows me to not only continue my reporting on the Capitol and state politics (for broadcast and online), but to help shape News10′s 2012 election coverage and beyond,” Myers wrote.

In moving to KXTV, Myers is returning to his TV news roots.  He worked as an anchor and reporter at KSBY in San Luis Obispo before making the move to radio.  His first day at KXTV will be April 2.

KSBY Mourns National Sales Manager Tricia Rittger

Tricia Rittger, the national sales manager at San Luis Obispo NBC-affiliate KSBY, died this weekend after she was hit by a car while crossing the street. She was 39.

“The KSBY family is devastated by Tricia’s death,” station president and general manager Kathleen Choal said in a statement. “Tricia was a dedicated and loving mother, wife, sister and friend. It is a terrible loss for all of us and her family.”

Rittger, who Choal said had a “sunny smile and a terrific sense of humor,” was hired by KSBY in November 1998, working her way up to national sales manager.

The accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday night, in front of the Cliff’s Resort in Pismo Beach, CA. Further details of the accident have not yet been released.

Veteran KSBY Anchor Richard Gearhart Joining Journalism Faculty at Cal Poly

Summer vacation is over for KSBY morning anchor Richard Gearhart. The veteran anchor, who helms the morning hours at the central California NBC affiliate, has been named an associate professor of journalism at his alma mater, California Polytechnic State University.

Gearhart — who has been with KSBY since 1990 — will continue to anchor the station’s morning show. He will coordinate the journalism department’s broadcast concentration, which includes both a TV and radio station.

“I hope my experience and involvement in a rapidly changing industry can help guide the students and the department as they transition to a new era in mass media,” Gearhart, who has been teaching agricultural communication at the university since 2006, said in a statement. Read more

Tony Cipolla Named Morning Co-Anchor at KCOY

After spending the majority of his career at the NBC affiliate in San Luis Obispo, KSBY, Tony Cipolla has been hired as an anchor at the market’s CBS affiliate, KCOY. He will anchor the morning broadcast alongside Sara Cole.

Cipolla left KSBY after 20 years last spring, claiming station management had offered to renew his contract only if he accepted a 40 percent pay cut. When he left KSBY, he said he was in talks with KCOY; when asked by the San Luis Obispo Tribune, station general manager Kevin Harlan said negotiations have been going on “for a while,” but refused to be more specific.

Cipolla has been teaching journalism at the California Polytechnic State University for the past year. He told the San Luis Obispo Tribune he intends to take advantage of his free afternoons by continuing to teach.

“I love the opportunity to mentor young minds, and I really thrive on seeing the next generation of journalists coming through,” Cipolla said. “It’s so neat to have a classroom of students; you can tell the ones who, wow, get it.”

New KSBY Boss Hires Doug Barden as News Director

Doug Barden, the news director at KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield, CA, has been hired to lead the newsroom at San Luis Obispo’s KSBY.

Barden will replace Dave Schermer, who left the station earlier this year shortly after Kathleen Choal became the NBC-affiliate’s president and general manager.

Choal, a TV news veteran who previously served as news director and station manager at Tucson’s KVOA, was impressed by Barden’s resume.

“With his experience and passion for news, Doug was exactly the journalist I was looking for to lead this newsroom,” Choal told TVSpy.

Barden worked as an assistant news director at Salt Lake City’s KSTU and Reno’s KRNV before becoming KBAK-KBFX’s news director in 2008. His first day with KSBY is set for July 11th.

WDBJ Names Dan Dennison News Director

Dan Dennison has been named news director of Roanoke’s WDBJ. Dennison, who has previously lead the newsrooms of KSBY in San Luis Obispo and KHNL-KFVE in Honolulu, has recently been working in a media relations job in Honolulu since being laid off by KHNL-KFVE in late 2008.

“I got ‘riffed,’” he told The Roanoke Times recently about losing his job at KHNL-KFVE, using a term for “reduction in force.” “I had to downsize the staff, and right after that, I got downsized.”

Dennison’s first day with WDBJ is set for June 20th. He is succeeding Amy Morris, who was cut loose by the station in March following the CBS-affiliate’s less than stellar performance during February sweeps.

In leading WDBJ’s news department, Dennison says that he will look “to find new and better ways of providing news to viewers, especially on multiple platforms offered by ever-expanding digital programs.”

KSBY News Director Resigns After New Station Boss Assumes Leadership

News director Dave Schermer, who has been with KSBY since 2006, is stepping down from his position at the San Luis Obispo NBC-affiliate.

The move comes after Kathleen Choal, who has extensive experience leading newsrooms, assumed the president and general manager post on April 1st.

Choal came to KSBY from Tucson’s KVOA, where she served as news director and station manager. Choal joined KVOA as news director in 2005 and was appointed station manager in 2009.

Announcing his resignation on Wednesday, Schermer said that he will now focus on building informational websites. He is set to stay with KSBY for the next several weeks.

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