Morning news shakeup under way at Fox 7
KTBC is shaking up its morning newscast.
In addition to anchor Katherine Kisiel’s impending departure, the station announced today that Greg Kerr, Kisiel’s co-anchor for the past year, has been replaced.
Dave Froehlich, who arrives from the NBC station in Corpus Christi, will take Kerr’s spot beginning July 3.
The station did not provide details on Kerr’s departure. His bio has been removed from MyFoxAustin.com.
The move comes just weeks before Austin NBC affiliate KXAN is set to launch a two-hour-long 7 a.m. newscast on CW affiliate KNVA, its sister station. Up until now, Fox 7 had been the only Austin broadcast station airing local news during that time period.
Kerr joined Fox 7 in July 2012. He replaced longtime anchor Joe Bickett, who moved out of state.
It was Kerr’s second stint at the station, where he served as weekend sportscaster nearly two decades ago. He’s also worked for Fox Sports Southwest, as well as stations in Greensboro, N.C.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Springfield, Ill.
Froehlich will anchor alongside Keri Bellacosa and meteorologist Zack Shields, Fox 7 said.
“Dave will be a real asset to our newsroom,” news director Pam Vaught said. “His intelligence, quick wit and experience covering news in Texas make him a great fit for our morning news.”
A University of Texas grad, Froehlich has previously worked – on- and off-air – for stations in Houston; Kansas City; Amarillo; and Grand Junction, Colo., in addition to his time in Corpus Christi.
“I can’t wait to share the morning with our viewers, get reacquainted with old friends and make new ones as my wife and I live, work and raise our kids in this wonderful community,” Froehlich said.
Meanwhile, Kisiel’s final day at the station is Friday. She’s moving to Portland, where her husband, former KXAN investigative reporter Chris Willis, has landed a gig at the city’s NBC affiliate.