Thursday, October 06, 2011

Anchor Changes Now Official at KARK

Source: KARK KARK 4 News announced today a permanent anchor lineup for all newscasts starting the week of October 10th.

Jessica Dean, life-long Arkansan and KARK weekend anchor, will join KARK veteran Bob Clausen on the news desk every weeknight at 6 &10pm. KARK 4 News veteran Melissa Simas will co-anchor the 5pm newscast alongside Clausen, as well as produce In Depth Special Reports for the 6 &10pm newscasts. Joining Simas, Clausen and Dean is Keith Monahan, currently residing in Houston, Texas, who has been named KARK Chief Meteorologist and will forecast for all evening newscasts. The final anchor change moves reporter Lauren Trager into Dean's former weekend slot.

KARK News Director Rob Heverling said, "We are very pleased that Jessica is joining Bob Clausen weeknights at 6 and 10pm. Jessica was born and raised in Central Arkansas and has spent her entire career in our state. She's passionate about our community and invested in our television station long-term."

"This is truly a remarkable opportunity for this station," Heverling continued. "Melissa is an exceptional anchor/reporter and has made it clear that her passion is reporting stories and digging into important issues that affect Arkansas. She's a newsroom leader. Melissa's editorial insight will help drive our daily news meetings. We are pleased Melissa will have a much greater influence on how we shape our coverage of the news of the day."

Commenting on the appointment of Chief Meteorologist Keith Monahan, Heverling said, "As soon as we watched Keith, we knew he was a very good fit. He brings experience and leadership to our weather team. Having served as a Captain in the Air Force, including military intelligence, and forecasting dangerous hurricanes during his tenure in Houston, he knows how to perform under pressure. Keith is poised, calm and just an all-around nice guy."

Commenting on Lauren Trager, Heverling, said, "Lauren is one of the best enterprise journalists in Little Rock. She will add stability and experience to our weekend news team."

With KARK 4 Today, the morning newscast from 5-7am on KARK and 7-8am on KARZ, continuing to see positive results with the addition of Meteorologist Greg Dee, the lineup will remain consistent with Matt Mosler, Mallory Hardin, Wendy Suares and Mr. Dee.

"This team continues to stay true to what we're all about in the morning. Giving our viewers updated stories and weather and traffic on a constant basis. We know that lives are busy in the morning as people scramble to get the kids to school and head to work and this team doesn't want to waste their time, they get right to it," Heverling said.

KARK General Manager and Vice President Mike Vaughn concluded, "We have an incredible team of talented journalists and meteorologists at this station that provide relevant and important content every day. This new lineup is about providing our viewers and advertisers with consistently exceptional product over the long-term and utilizing the strengths of these talented people to deliver a product that continues to build on the legacy of KARK."

31 Comments:

At 10:48 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where's Jancey? Is she still there?

 
At 1:15 AM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren Trager is a good reporter but she isn't a looker in any way to be on the anchor desk.

Ratings will fall further on weekends for KARK.

Is KARK hiring a new reporter with Dean anchoring full time and Trager reporting only 3-days?

 
At 7:08 AM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jancey does medical reports once a week.

 
At 10:12 AM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why take your best reporter off the streets? Lauren is an awesome beat reporter not an anchor

 
At 4:30 PM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh. If I have to watch Jessica's mousy hair and bad skin on the evening news, I'm definitely switching channels. Melissa is so much more polished and has a professional appearance. Way to class it up KARK.

 
At 4:56 PM, October 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if they'll teach her to read without showing all her bottom teeth. She looks like a child. Actually she could be Clausen's child, and that's just icky. Poor choice, KARK.

 
At 7:16 AM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with this world? Oh yeah I know trolls that get on here and make people people. Instead of poor choice KARK, how about poor choice by your parents for reproducing.

 
At 8:33 AM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not, I think that was a fair assessment and criticism. Just because you disagree doesn't mean you should attack the poster.

 
At 10:21 PM, October 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very impressed with Trager right now.

 
At 5:59 PM, October 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know why.

 
At 7:25 PM, October 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because she's the best reporter in the market. Anchoring will take a little time.

 
At 3:57 PM, October 10, 2011, Anonymous T.D. said...

Say Yess to the Jess.

The hottest woman in the market now 5 days a week at 6 and 10!

Whoo-hoo!

Take that KATV!

 
At 7:10 PM, October 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take that katv? or kthv or any of them for that matter. Who is losing sleep? Who got their pay cut? Where is the crisis?

I want to see the book, its always a competition between 11and 7.

Is kark hiring a reporter?

 
At 7:30 AM, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica had a great debut!!!! She was easily understood, seemed at ease and will get better as time goes on. My only pet peeve is the hairstyle, it us distracting and it is hard to take her seriously with that long mop of hair. She is not in high school anymore, so grow up.

 
At 10:53 PM, October 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't understand people on here saying Trager is a grear reporter...I find her stuff boring and way too long. To each their own I guess. I like the reporters at Fox and 7.

 
At 10:01 PM, October 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. No expression or personality in her delivery. It's like she is being forced to cover all the law enforcement news. Whey do they usually just frame her from the waist up?

 
At 12:44 PM, October 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Bob the next anchor to move at KARK, I wonder how ratings will look now that he is with Jessica Dean

 
At 12:35 AM, October 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings will be going up!

 
At 4:06 AM, October 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I think Jessica's delivery is forced and too over-the-top. And as a previous poster stated, she looks like she could be Clausen's daughter. Putting her cheerleader pics in the promo didn't help. She just isn't ready for evening anchor. Melissa Simas was much better. But the station laid it out- they are investing in Jessica because they know she will be sticking around-

 
At 11:05 AM, October 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It only means Melissa Simas is putting a resume tape together... To get a better job with more desk and face time like she had just weeks ago.

Simas will be better off in a bigger market.

 
At 12:46 PM, October 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simas is married to a Little Rock native with a successful tax and estate law practice. I doubt she'll move from this market.

 
At 12:14 AM, October 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simas has an enunciation thing. Nyune and Nyews won't cut it on network. Guess it sounds all hoity-toity.

She might want to listen to the announcer at the beginning of NBC Nightly News and take a lesson. Anyone know where she trained?

 
At 6:05 PM, October 17, 2011, Anonymous Nyooner said...

Maybe she's from NYU (couldn't resist)

 
At 10:04 PM, October 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa is from the Boston area, study in the Northeast and was interning at MSNBC in New York on 9/11. She was the closest thing we had to a Big-Time female anchor. Hope one of the local competitors snaps her up. She is the BEST!

 
At 10:15 AM, October 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your input Nathan! We realize you want your wife to stay in town.

 
At 10:44 AM, December 02, 2011, Anonymous pharmacy said...

Interesting, to be completely honest, I didn't know that 'cos during the evening KARK broadcasts newscasts at 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday, at 6 p.m. isn't a good schedule.

 
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At 1:21 AM, February 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lauren Trager is one of the prettiest girls on channel 4. She is a little pleasantly plump. So it is a wonder the higher up's gave her that position. However i think she looks fine. She looks better than these real skinny that are flat and have no curves.

 

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