KTVU introduced this week that anchor Frank Somerville will take an indefinite depart of absence “to deal with his well being” after the veteran newsman was seen slurring and stumbling over his phrases throughout a Could 30 newscast on Channel 2.
Although station administration has stated it is going to welcome Somerville’s return “when he’s prepared,” within the interim KTVU should scramble to fill the void left by one of many Bay Space’s most seen journalists — a person who co-anchored the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
KTVU will take an all-hands-on-deck strategy whereas Somerville is away, counting on a number of newsroom regulars to fill in. Right here’s a fast have a look at a number of the folks we will anticipate to see extra of within the coming days and weeks:
Julie Haener, a Danville resident, goes method again with KTVU viewers. She has been on the station since 1997 and was on the desk the evening Bay Space information icon (and Somerville’s predecessor) Dennis Richmond tearfully signed off in 2008. A consummate professional, she lengthy has co-anchored KTVU’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts with Somerville and figures to do a variety of the heavy lifting within the coming days. (She completed the Could 30 newscast alone after Somerville disappeared from the desk, with out rationalization, quarter-hour into this system).
Heather Holmes, a Texas native, has been at KTVU since 2006, when she began as a weekend anchor. She at the moment anchors the 4 and seven p.m. information at KTVU, however has stuffed in for Somerville a number of occasions already this week. Holmes has a robust social media presence, with 34,000 followers on Fb and 14,000 followers on Twitter, the place she claims to without end be “in pursuit of a great story and fabulous sneakers.”
Mike Mibach grew up within the Bay Space and attended St. Ignatius Faculty Preparatory in San Francisco (Class of ’94) and Faculty of Marin. He arrived at KTVU in 2005 as a common project reporter. Since then, he has helped launch the weekend editions of “Mornings on 2,” co-anchoring with Claudine Wong. He primarily anchors within the mornings, however anticipate to see extra of him within the night hours.
Alex Savidge usually anchors the 4 p.m. newscast on KTVU and the 7 p.m. information on KTVU Plus. However the Berkeley native, USC alum and “lifelong Warriors fan” will doubtless see much more digital camera time on the desk within the coming days and weeks.
Andre Senior is a relative newcomer to KTVU, having arrived in 2018 after anchoring and reporting in Hampton, Virginia and Tampa Bay, Florida. A local of Jamaica, he grew up in Miami. One of many largest tales he ever labored was the trial of George Zimmerman, the person who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. He has stuffed on this week alongside Holmes.