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Dinges: KEYE tweaks morning anchor lineup

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com

Some familiar faces are moving into new roles as KEYE revamps its morning newscast.

Chris Saldaña and Allison Miller will take over as anchors of “KEYE-TV Morning News” starting this week, the station said. The two had co-hosted “We Are Austin,” KEYE’s 9 a.m. lifestyle program.

Miller had also served as the CBS affiliate’s morning meteorologist, but with her move to the anchor desk weekend meteorologist Jordan Steele is taking over those duties.

Ericka Miller, who had been the station’s morning co-anchor, will remain on that broadcast, but take on a new role as the “Happening Now” anchor, handling breaking news and monitoring developing stories.

Hunter Ellis, the station’s other morning anchor, departed in December to focus on making documentaries. Reporter Alex Boyer had been filling in.

Ashley Roberts will continue to serve as traffic anchor while the station looks for a permanent replacement for Erica Brennes, who left recently to take a job with tech startup RideScout.

With the relaunch of “KEYE-TV Morning News,” the station said it hopes to inject more personality into the broadcast, along with a stronger emphasis on social media.

“We’ll give our viewers what they need in the morning — news, traffic, weather — while adding bursts of what they want — more personality and opportunities to allow viewers to welcome us into their homes,” news director Rob Cartwright said.

The new “We Are Austin” co-hosts are Steele and Taylor Ellison, who joined KEYE in December and has been a regular contributor to the show since then. Before that, she filed entertainment reports for local CW affiliate KNVA.

“The addition of Taylor and Jordan to ‘We Are Austin’ brings another group of talented hosts to our morning block,” said KEYE vice president and general manager Amy Villarreal. “The combination of their dynamic personalities along with their passion and love for Austin will make for a great show.”

KXAN tweaks weather team

The forecast at KXAN calls for new assignments for some members of the station’s weather team.

Meteorologists David Yeomans and Mark Monstrola have traded places, with Yeomans taking over the weekday morning shift and Monstrola heading to weekend evenings.

The two will share duties weekdays at noon, with Yeomans delivering forecasts Monday and Tuesday and Monstrola handling midday weather Wednesday through Friday.

As part of the switches, Monstrola will become the primary fill-in for longtime chief weathercaster Jim Spencer.

The station has also hired a fourth meteorologist, Rosie Newberry, to fill the spot vacated in July by Natalie Stoll, who took a communications job with the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Newberry will deliver the weather on KXAN’s weekend morning newscasts. She arrives in Austin after working for a station in Columbia, Mo.

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“KEYE-TV Morning News”