Friday, October 14, 2005

Where Are They Now

Today ATN features Tonya Beane Webber.

Tonya worked as a television anchor/investigative reporter for the KATV, the ABC affiliate in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film. While working full-time in broadcasting, she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

What's she doing now? Tonya is a partner in the law firm Porter, Rogers, Dahlman and Gordon and works in the firm's Corpus Christie, Texas office. She joined the firm in 1985.

7 Comments:

At 6:34 PM, October 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard of this woman in my life...

 
At 9:11 PM, October 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was one of KATV reporters back in the 70s and early 80s. Two years ago, KATV had its 50th Anniversary shown in two different specials. The first special was fairly serious with Dale Nicholson. The second special was more comical and funny with Steve Powell hosting with some funny bloopers and other memorial moments.

Tonya was shown in a funny clip. The newscast had just begun and someone forgot to make sure that her clip microphone was attached and on.

 
At 11:39 PM, October 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember wathcing her when I was a kid. Didn't she marry another reporter or anchor?

 
At 8:40 AM, October 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone on here said KATV reporter Randy Weber. I vaguely remember him. He was at KATV around the same time.

Steve Barnes and Amy Oliver were married as well. I assume they still are. They were at KATV back in the late 70s to early 80s.

Around 1979, KATV changed its news set to include a large "screen" that had a vertical Venetian blinds effect.

Around 1982, the set changed again when the number of anchors was reduced to three. For two years, they had Steve Barnes sitting solo behind a desk. Next to his right (camera left) they had a "screen" where the remote reporter and the other anchors individually would be appear when Steve would turn the newscast to the weather or to the sports. In 1984, KATV returned to having all of the anchors and having four anchors behind the desk together and the grasscloth covered set premiered. This set premiered when Ned Perme took over. That set had the same look for nearly five years. In 1989 or so, the set was revamped somewhat--a different paint job. The set stayed that way until 1996. From 1984 to 1996, they had that "sliding patio door" behind Ned Perme leading to what looked like an office. They had a wooden-grain Circle 7 logo that could be seen hanging on the wall in that office.

 
At 8:36 AM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want a split-screen used with anchors. When the guy is talking, at least show his hottie female co-anchor, so we have a reason to watch. Brilliant !!!!

 
At 11:43 AM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think that would improve the ratings for Jancey Sheets and Bob Clausen??

 
At 12:31 PM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Jancey = More Ratings

 

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