FTVLive was the first to tell you that big changes were happening at KPNX in Phoenix. Not only are talent changes being made, but a shift in content, as well.
Replacing long-time anchor Lin Sue Cooney on the primary desk, will be KNBC freelance reporter Vanessa Ruiz. We first told you of her a few weeks ago, when her soon-to-be co-anchor, Mark Curtis, accidentally tweeted how much he was looking forward to her visit. It's an interesting choice for a major market TV station given that Ruiz' experience wouldn't lead one to believe she's primary anchor material for market 11. Nonetheless, sources say they went with her in an effort to recruit multi-cultural viewers. We'll see.
What's not in the press release, is KPNX not renewing 14-year anchor Fay Fredericks. Her contract runs through later this year, but she's been told that if she finds a job in the meantime, they'll release her early. Fay has been on the primary desk, the morning desk, and now back to filling in until Ruiz shows up.
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