Friday, March 16, 2012

Longtime KATV Anchor/Reporter Leaving.....


22-year KATV Anchor/Reporter Pamela Smith is leaving the station for a job with the local school district. Smith is leaving the local news biz to become the Communications Director for the Little Rock School District. According to her bio at KATV.com, she started at the station as a general assignment reporter in 1990 and was promoted to anchoring the weekend newscasts. August 2011 Smith became the morning host for Good Morning Arkansas.

73 Comments:

At 6:21 PM, March 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and best of luck with this new chapter in your life Pamela.

 
At 7:45 PM, March 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam, you have been a great anchor and you will be greatly missed. We wish you the best of everything.

 
At 8:33 PM, March 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you Pam. You will be successful with whatever you do.

 
At 9:05 PM, March 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks finally turning in the mic! Those that remember your lawsuit think it has been 22 yrs to long.

Maybe GMA will be watchable again..

 
At 10:40 PM, March 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam, you are the best, I know you will be successful at whatever you do. KATV will never be the same without your kindness, charm and beautiful personality.

 
At 9:43 AM, March 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were great on KATV! Good luck Pamela!

 
At 7:31 PM, March 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I will start watching 7 again.

 
At 7:44 PM, March 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dreadfully painful to watch. Luckily, I'm not a morning TV watcher. Has been nice to able to watch the weekend shows again.

 
At 8:57 PM, March 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure she's a great person, but how can anyone watch a Pam Smith newscast and think she's a great anchor. She has entirely too many mispronunciations, miscues and missteps for someone with so many years in the business.

 
At 11:24 PM, March 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, another overpaid government worker where it is near impossible to get fired.

 
At 8:39 AM, March 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She still will be on air almost every day unfortunately!!!!!!

 
At 8:43 AM, March 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is going to replace her on GMA. Simoni?

 
At 11:26 AM, March 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Pam get tired of the KATV exercise health plan....

 
At 8:48 PM, March 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam just read too slow. with her they only did 10 minutes of news...but drugg it out for thirty minutes.

 
At 9:20 AM, March 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will the February numbers be released?

 
At 9:37 AM, March 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

Pam just read too slow. with her they only did 10 minutes of news...but drugg it out for thirty minutes.

8:48 PM, March 18, 2012"

. . . the reason being so YOU could understand what she was telling you.

 
At 10:28 PM, March 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:57 PM March 17

Name 3

 
At 11:10 PM, March 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She used the race card as the reason for being passed over for main anchor duties. She's not main primetime anchor material. And her hair. Omg. There was something always up with that.

 
At 10:16 AM, March 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone seen Feb numbers? Any guesses?

 
At 12:53 PM, March 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lost respect for her after the lawsuit. The arrogance of thinking that you were denied a promotion because of race rather than because you were not the best person for the job was too much. Singling a person out for their race is racism. But .. NOT singling a person out because of their race is too.

 
At 4:01 PM, March 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved Pam, hate to see her go.

 
At 6:00 PM, March 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Management running off folks?

 
At 6:56 PM, March 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Pam on your new position with the school district! You deserve it! I believe Channel 7didn't realize what they had in you! I have always felt you were being mistreated. The point is that some viewers don't want to see an African-American anchor because they think only whites can do a good job. I never heard Pam mispronounce anything. I'm sure some of Channel 7's viewers will be happy now to see all white anchors. We need to step it up in the LR market and be diverse, that is, as far as television anchors.

 
At 11:10 PM, March 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as they can do the job and get good marks in the books.

 
At 11:16 PM, March 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice all the bugs on the set of the Weather Garden? Man, that must be fun sitting in that shack on that uncomfortable-looking furniture, looking up to the camera and swatting bugs while off camera. I thought one was going to fly in Craig's mouth.

 
At 1:02 AM, March 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back Joan Early on GMA!!!!

 
At 10:40 AM, March 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Racism is still rampant in Arkansas. Pam is one of the best KATV has, but never received the recognition she deserved.

 
At 1:13 PM, March 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said:
Racism is still rampant in Arkansas. Pam is one of the best KATV has, but never received the recognition she deserved.

10:40 AM, March 21, 2012

I say:
I assume you mean racism by all races since otherwise your statement would be a racist statement on it's own.

 
At 11:38 AM, March 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please, we all know its still going on.

 
At 2:23 PM, March 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, it is. Mostly by blacks these days.

 
At 9:13 PM, March 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She held KATV hostage for all those years. What would have happened if they had made her the anchor of the main newscasts. She would have been fired for low ratings, not the color if her skin and she wouldn't have lasted 22 years.

 
At 10:27 AM, March 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like race & gender may have helped her keep her job all those years. You get a minority female who does minimally acceptable consistent work but doesn't have the chops to go to primetime but fits an EEOC need and hiring balance. An employee like this maintains a status quo and does very little to advance themselves expecting some employment evolution due to tenure but eventually they figure out it ain't gonna happen. I've worked in several newsrooms and I've seen that happen story many, many times.

 
At 11:39 PM, March 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A"nonymous said...

Racism is still rampant in Arkansas. Pam is one of the best KATV has, but never received the recognition she deserved."

10:40 AM, March 21, 2012

It's not against the law.

 
At 11:08 PM, March 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure where the Pam bashing is coming from. Are you upset because of the lawsuit? ... I have watched her on Channel 7 for years and found her to be up to the same level of professionalism as the other reporters\anchors at channel 7. I find the flaws describing her on air performance cited in previous post on this site to have no basis in fact. These statements appear to attack her personally not her professional work product.

 
At 12:23 PM, March 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^^^ That's a good one. ^^^^^ Oh wait, were you serious?

 
At 7:53 PM, March 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No racism is not gone. When white people can walk down the street in a black neighborhood without fearing physical harm, racism will be gone.

The reverse is already a reality.

 
At 10:19 PM, March 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen brother!

 
At 7:43 AM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did KATV weekend news win its time slot with Pam at the helm all those years?

Pam is a nice person, but I didn't like her newscast. That doesn't make me racist because I think the same thing about Munoz and Craig the Clown.

 
At 8:48 AM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm... I agree there is just something not quite watchable about Munoz, but I don't know if I'd compare her to Pam that way.

But that does beg the question: is there any correlation with Munoz sitting at home on maternity leave, while KATV had their best book in long long time?

 
At 11:14 AM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously the numbers speak for themselves.

 
At 12:06 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well we can postulate all we want, but I met Munoz has a pretty solid contract. Probably be tough to replace her for that reason.

 
At 12:16 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would you want to replace an anchor that's been on the air for years and consistently pulls in number one ratings? Jealousy can be an ugly thing girls.

 
At 12:35 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweetie that is so true. There is a room full of people who would do anything to get her chair.

 
At 12:35 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok listen, Munoz's accent to the big chair was never anything more than attempt to attract the "Hispanic boom" audience that Arkansas experienced in the early 2000's. They put her on, added an accent mark over the N in her name to make it look a bit more Hispanic, and her profile boasted that "she was learning spanish".

Right or not, that's what happened, and sure KATV's ratings slid and slid until this most recent book...

 
At 12:45 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well of course they want her chair. Anchors in this market work about 4-5 hours a day, and make a lot of money. The rest of the newsroom busts their ass working long hours for marginal money. This is not new and it's across the board as far as I know.

 
At 12:47 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong again 10:35. She's been fluent in Spanish her entire life.

 
At 12:51 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is 10:35 speaking... Hey I'm just going off what the website said back then.

 
At 12:55 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about the pandering to Hispanic stuff.

But back to the numbers, I would argue it just means the audience doesn't miss her when she's gone. But that may be related to the part-time anchor schedules 12:45 pointed out - they may be the best paid and most recognized, but Anchors in this town just don't do a whole lot. So it's not hard to believe viewers wouldn't notice the difference.

 
At 1:02 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think viewer identification is a little more important on the morning shows, where "personality" is more encouraged and they have more time for it. I work across town and I think I know (at least what they show on TV), what Melinda, Chris, and Alyson are like... couldn't say the same for evening anchors. Heck, I'm not sure I could name them all.

 
At 1:30 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The amount of wrong information on this blog is astounding.

 
At 1:44 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at her bio 10:35. I'm assuming it would be pretty hard to graduate college with a minor in Spanish if she was just learning when she got the anchor chair.

 
At 7:44 PM, March 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:35 here again... Hey, I believe it says that now. And I'm sure it's probably true. What I'm saying is years ago it said she enjoyed learning Spanish. Perhaps that meant continuing to learn Spanish, kinda like English PhD's continue to learn English - I dunno, but I'm sure that's what it said. My point was that it was all part of an effort to gain from the Hispanic boom... Not that there is anything wrong with that. And I'm sure she's a nice person.

 
At 6:56 PM, March 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say if you are saying something good don't say anything .Pam YOU BE BLESSED.

 
At 7:04 PM, March 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say if you are not saying something good don't say anything. PAM you be blessed i will miss you and your smile.

 
At 7:10 PM, March 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who replaces Pam! Shapiro!!!!!

 
At 11:48 AM, March 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Pam on your new position with the school district! You deserve it! I believe Channel 7didn't realize what they had in you! I have always felt you were being mistreated. The point is that some viewers don't want to see an African-American anchor because they think only whites can do a good job. I never heard Pam mispronounce anything. I'm sure some of Channel 7's viewers will be happy now to see all white anchors. We need to step it up in the LR market and be diverse, that is, as far as television anchors.

 
At 11:49 AM, March 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Pam on your new position with the school district! You deserve it! I believe Channel 7didn't realize what they had in you! I have always felt you were being mistreated. The point is that some viewers don't want to see an African-American anchor because they think only whites can do a good job. I never heard Pam mispronounce anything. I'm sure some of Channel 7's viewers will be happy now to see all white anchors. We need to step it up in the LR market and be diverse, that is, as far as television anchors.

 
At 11:50 AM, March 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Racism is still rampant in Arkansas. Pam is one of the best KATV has, but never received the recognition she deserved.

 
At 11:57 AM, March 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Munoz is white?

 
At 3:32 PM, March 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@11:57 AM

No. Munoz is chilean. She moved from chile to little rock.

 
At 9:33 PM, March 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually she moved from Duluth, Minnesota to Little Rock.

 
At 10:25 PM, March 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 6:00 PM, March 20, 2012 who said:
New Management running off folks?

Running Pam off? No.

I think she wanted to out stay the people she had beef with.

New management took her off weekends, she has been a weekend anchor for 18-years!

She finally got to anchor Monday - Friday and host show.

She had it good in the end.

So get your facts straight!

 
At 8:49 AM, March 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muñoz isn't white because she's Chilean? Chile is at least half white. "Chilean" isn't a race. It's a nationality. Whether you work in news or not, you should probably know the difference.

 
At 11:29 AM, March 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chile is a Latin American country, that's makes her Hispanic.

 
At 2:17 AM, April 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chile being a Latin American country would make her Latin American. Chile's cultural ties to Spain would make her Hispanic.

Spain.

In Europe.

Where the white people live.

You can be Hispanic, Latin American, and white all at the same time.

All this said, I have no idea how she self-identifies. I don't know her.

 
At 1:47 PM, April 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

U need to back off of Pam...as long as I've known her she is a wonderful person....AND WHAT LAWSUIT???? DOES IT REALLY MATTER IF ITS BEEN 22 YRS LIKE U SAID!!!!

 
At 3:20 PM, April 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God! Good riddance and don't come back!!! Or as Pam would say 'Thank Gott and Goot Rittance'!

 
At 8:15 PM, April 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many who are first will be last and the last first.Hooteyhoo

 
At 8:23 PM, April 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Times are changing and some cant handle it. So sad.

 
At 5:37 PM, March 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Pam finds success in her new position.

I think it's all about ratings. Seems like the stations aim for the "youthful" anchors with possible sex appeal.

I no longer reside in Arkansas; however, everytime I come home to visit, I see a new anchor on KARK and KATV.

I'm really surprised the KATV maintains the older female Daybreak anchor with the rustic, hoarse voice.

 
At 9:42 PM, June 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!!! This has been going on over a year!!

 
At 1:54 AM, June 11, 2013, Anonymous The Hamburglar said...

Sure has.

 
At 5:21 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck on your new job Pam, you were a wonderful news anchor woman. I enjoyed seeing you on the weekends and your beauty along with your elegance, was very captivating.



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