ND is Bounced in Spartanburg, SC.

WSPA News Director Karen Kelly has been pink slipped....errrr... "resigned" and escorted from the building.

Kelly joined the WSPA/WYCW, Media General duopoly in Spartanburg, SC. in late 2012, taking over for Dan Cates.

You may remember that Kelly was the News Director that hired a cardboard cutout named "Michelle," who showed up in all the news meetings.

“Karen played an integral part in developing and implementing the “On Your Side” brand and her promotion to News Director will allow her to continue to expand that brand.”  WSPA Vice President and General Manager Bob Romine said in a statement at the time of her hiring.

He added at the time, “With a track record of excellence, Karen is also a proven leader and a tremendous journalist who has advanced her career by energizing the newsroom and focusing on viewer advocacy. We all WIN when the viewer WINS,” said Romine.

It appears that she will be playing a much less " integral part" at the station, since she has been fired. 

Here is the internal email sent to the staff and obtained by FTVLive:


I wanted you all to know that Karen has resigned from her position as News Director here at WSPA. Karen has been an integral part of our news operation for a number of years and has worked hard to advance our station in this multi-platform world. Please join me in thanking Karen for her hard work and commitment. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors!

Bob Romine

No word if "Michelle" was also kicked to the curb with Kelly.