Ask Walt Maciborski why he’s joining the KEYE news team and he’ll tell you: "Austin is home."
Managers at the city’s CBS affiliate announced today that Maciborski, who spent six years working at another Central Texas TV station earlier in his career, will co-anchor KEYE’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts starting June 24.
"This is an exciting return to Austin for me and my family," he told the American-Statesman. "My wife is a Longhorn, I have a son named Austin and, even though I wasn’t born here, it feels like Texas is in my DNA."
Maciborski, who will co-anchor alongside veteran Austin newscaster Judy Maggio, fills a spot that’s been vacant since February, when KEYE opted not to renew Ron Oliveira’s contract.
Maggio and Maciborski are already well acquainted. They worked together at KVUE, Austin’s ABC affiliate, from 1994 to 2000, anchoring that station’s evening newscasts. In between Austin stints, Maciborski has worked in Atlanta; Tampa, Fla.; Dallas and, most recently, Indianapolis.
"KEYE is on the move in a city that is booming," he said. "It’s a great station with a great team … and I get to sit next to my good friend Judy Maggio again. I’m proud to be a part of what’s happening there."
Maciborski’s experience – more than 20 years in the news business, with almost half that time spent in Texas – means he’ll be able to hit the ground running, KEYE news director Greg Turchetta said.
"Walt will put his Austin knowledge to work quickly by leading our Waste Watch Investigations unit," Turchetta said. "His ability to ask the tough questions and hold the powerful accountable will be utilized from the anchor desk all the way to City Hall."
Maggio, meanwhile, will "continue to use her superior contacts and unmatched local knowledge to produce special reports that go in-depth on the major issues facing the Austin area," according to Turchetta.
Maciborski arrives in Austin after less than a year helming the 5 p.m. newscast at the Fox affiliate in Indianapolis. He says he hadn’t planned on such a short stay, but "returning to Austin is a dream come true."
"I will miss the team at Fox 59 in Indianapolis, but this is the right move at the right time," he said. "I can’t wait to hit the Salt Lick, swim in Barton Springs and get back to family and good friends. I can tell you there were a lot of tears and hugs when it all became official."