6 days ago, FTVLive FIRST told you that Scripps was telling people that they will soon be filling the News Director job at their Bakersfield station KERO.
Scripps said that have hired a top gun for the job in the 126th market.
Well many people guessed who it would be and most of you were right.
Scripps has hired former LA News Director Nancy Bauer Gonzales.
Bauer Gonzales was the former ND at KNBC and then jumped to KCBS/KCAL where she spent 9 years. For the past almost 3 years, she has been the News Director for a Spectrum (formally Time Warner) cable news station in the LA area.
Now she's jumping from the LA home of the No. 2 market, to Bakersfield at market 126.
She is married to KBAK Anchor David Gonzales, so this move will have her competing against her husband's station.
Here's the internal memo that was sent to the KERO staff and obtained by FTVLive:
I am happy to announce that Nancy Bauer will be joining us as KERO News Director at the end of July.
Nancy is moving here from the Los Angeles area where she most recently worked for Charter Communications, Spectrum News.
Prior to that, the news executive spent 10 years as Vice President/News Director of KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles. She was responsible for 65 hours of live local news per week and led a staff of 300 reporters, photographers and producers. She also oversaw construction and relocation to a new state of the art facility in Studio City, in the San Fernando Valley.
Prior to that, Bauer served as Vice President/News Director of KNBC, the NBC owned and operated station in Burbank. During her time there, KNBC ranked #1 in all 7 weekday broadcasts, weekend news and sports programming. "It was a great time to be in TV news" Bauer says. "I was fortunate to lead our coverage of fires, floods, earthquakes, the OJ Simpson trial and the death of Michael Jackson. It was a tumultuous time in television news."
Bauer is married and has a daughter who attends University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She has 2 dogs and 2 horses, and loves to ride for relaxation.
Nancy will be here for our company picnic to meet everyone on July 3rd, and will begin work on July 24th.
Please join me in welcoming her to Bakersfield's best news department!
Adam F. Chase
Vice President /General Manager
KERO-23 ABC/ Azteca Bakersfield