Monday, August 19, 2013

KARK Anchor Moving on...Movin' Up

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock anchor Jessica Dean is leaving.  Dean is leaving Little Rock for Philadelphia's CBS 3 where she will be co-anchoring the evening newscasts with Arkansas native Chris May.  Her final  newscast on KARK will be Sunday, September 8. Philadelphia is the 4th largest news market in the U.S. 

In the news release Dean had this to say:  “It has been a joy to tell the stories of my home state,” said Dean. “During my time here, I've seen how many big-hearted, kind people make up Arkansas. Together we've seen the best and the worst of life. It's been my honor to share these experiences with our viewers.”

Dean joined KARK as evening news anchor in 2011.  Before that she worked for KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.

65 Comments:

At 8:02 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance. She won't be missed around here.

 
At 8:17 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Now, who gets the title of best anchor in Little Rock?

 
At 8:25 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same one that's held it for years.

 
At 8:30 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may not like her, but she was named best anchor and now she's besting you all once again.

 
At 8:36 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've all been named best anchor at one time, even Liz, and she doesn't get hat job without being married to who she's married to.

 
At 8:53 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I smell 7 levels of bitterness coming out in the comments in this blog. Ya'll are sad sad little people.

 
At 9:02 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck, Jessica.

 
At 9:05 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong again.

 
At 9:27 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dean is obviously good or she wouldn't be going to the 4th largest market.

 
At 9:40 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cristina Munoz being catty as hell today, y'all.

 
At 9:46 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong again. Look around the building and ask yourself how many people she's screwed over.

 
At 9:49 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica is smart, well read, can thoughtfully talk about what's happening in the current news cycle (without a script), and frankly is a really nice, down-to-earth person. She would be a great addition to any newsroom. I'm rooting for her.

 
At 10:17 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing! Admittedly, I'm just a viewer but I stopped watching Channel 4 because of Jessica Dean. She was unwatchable in my opinion. I thought larger markets had higher standards. She must be cheap by Philly standards.

 
At 10:38 AM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you are just an uneducated news viewer.

 
At 12:04 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or maybe you don't know what viewers want.

 
At 12:49 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also stopped watching 4 for several reasons, but her nasal delivery was like fingernails on a chalkboard. That said, I hope she does well.

 
At 2:24 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But I thought she "loved this job, and loved this town"?

 
At 2:31 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And told management that she was never going to leave.

 
At 2:41 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley Ketz will be taking her place.

http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/ashley-ketz-named-new-kark-weekday-evening-anchor/d/story/jAzxUxUlHkeZOPQQ4Vvnkg

 
At 4:00 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so wonderful to see her go into a top market. She will join the ranks of Kate Sullivan (NYC & Chicago), Christina McLarty (Dallas, Los Angeles, NYC, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider), and TJ Holmes (San Francisco, CNN)who all left Arkansas for top markets and received nice 6 figure salaries. Best of luck....you deserve it GIRLFRIEND!!!

 
At 4:23 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She will be anchoring with former Channel 7 anchor Chris May.

 
At 4:24 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Kate Sullivan. She was the best anchor in Arkansas. Is she still at CBS New York? I saw her reporting one weekend morning on the CBS Early Show, but that was a couple years back.

 
At 4:27 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Chris May. It's good to have friends/connections in top markets.

 
At 4:35 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to see advancement. Arkansas is a great market and we have lots of talented anchors and reporters here. Just last week while on family vacation in Miami I was able to watch Aiyana Cristal and she's a pretty big deal in Miami. She was the weekend sports anchor at THV.

 
At 5:44 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean Rutherford is moving in preparation for Hillary's 2016 Presidential Campaign. Blake will be given a job in the Clinton campaign/administration following in his daddy's footsteps. This will give Jessica primo access to Hillary over the next several years and presidency if HRC is successful in her bid. Smart move by CBS Philly!

 
At 5:51 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, there's no way she gets that job on her own merits.

 
At 6:09 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica is beautiful, capable and extremely professional. She will be missed.

 
At 6:21 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, she's not the first Arkansas news personality that has had ties to the Clinton family. Former KATV reporter, Christina McLarty was an intern for Hilary, and her family and the Clinton's were personal friends. Hilary was Christina's personal and professional reference. Now Christina is a national entertainment reporter.

 
At 6:38 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, Jessica! And, who is this Christina McLarty everyone is talking about? I don't remember her.

 
At 6:38 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always wondered how Jessica Dean ever got a job. It wasn't talent or beauty. I hear from reputable sources that she'll lie, cheat and backstab her way up the ladder and it appears to be true. Once she's gone I might actually start watching KARK again. So long FAKE!

 
At 6:45 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christina McLarty is the niece of Mack McLarty, former chief of staff for president Bill Clinton. She worked in Little Rock in the early 2000's. She was married to "Girls Gone Wild" founder and tycoon, Joe Francis. She also dated David Arquette from Friends. She works as a entertainment reporter for CBS in Los Angeles and NYC.

 
At 9:37 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person who referred to the "uneducated viewer" is symbolic of what is wrong with local TV - it is filled with too many youn, cheap and arrogant kids who believe they are omniscient when in reality they are quite the opposite. If people in TV news would actually listen to their viewers and give them the product they demand - viewership wouldn't be eroding at such an alarming rate.

 
At 10:21 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen. Always amazing how many people on the little tube in local news think the world revolves around them. Used to one of them until I came to my senses. They don't realize that unless its an emergency or story like Samantha Olsen, it really doesn't matter and that we are holding our noses watching reporters and anchors giving us the fake act.

BTW, hometown Gannett up in Washington, please bring in some coaches for your anchors. They are bad. Today, DawnScott squinting and doing strange contortions with her mouth and jaw and apparently thinks looking off camera while she reads TelePrompTer is cool. She kept looking UP! Yes, that means UP a d to the side-- I guess to check her lipstick on the monitor in the middle of a read. A d someone e tell her she looks ridiculous hiking her chair up four inches above everyone else. Jeez... Anne Jansen, junior.

 
At 10:45 PM, August 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@6:38 You don't know the half of it. She will screw you over at the drop of a hat to get what she wants and then stick the knife in your back just for fun.

 
At 9:56 AM, August 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica was too intelligent to work for KATV.

She went from reporter without a no-compete clause to an anchor in a major market in a short amount of time.

YOU GO GIRL!

Like an earlier poster stated, who is the best anchor now?

 
At 10:06 AM, August 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And also like an earlier poster stated, the same one that has been for years. Jessica wasn't even close to the best in the market.

 
At 11:18 AM, August 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She wasn't even the best on KARK.
Don't let the door hit ya where the pig bit ya, Jessica.

 
At 12:14 PM, August 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dixon will always be able to say he "knew" her when.

 
At 1:07 PM, August 21, 2013, Anonymous Joey the Garden Cat said...

meow meow meow meow!

translated

Liz is the best!

 
At 6:41 PM, August 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may watch KARK some when she's gone.

 
At 6:43 PM, August 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt hands down!!!!

 
At 1:21 AM, August 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Erin Hawley (KATV Weekend Anchor) is proving herself to be a great news personality and a future super star. I can see her anchoring in a top market.

 
At 9:22 AM, August 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Erin is good. Just another success in a long line of good talent at KATV. It's no wonder that they are always in first. They consistently find good talent while the other stations seem to just put on air whoever thinks they can be a reporter.

 
At 1:53 PM, August 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica is one of the nicest people I have worked with in news. Please get out of LR folks there's a whole big world out here.

Don't tear people down because you can't leave your mother.

Shane Deitert

 
At 6:49 PM, August 23, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is she doing a 5 part series on what she'll miss in AR?

I, for one, don't care! I'm happy she's leaving!

 
At 7:51 PM, August 23, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree 6:49. Carry herself. Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya! Never care for her delivery!

 
At 1:53 PM, August 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 part series, really? Since you left KATV you became just another on air personality that no one watched. Minor leaguer going to another minor station. WPVI in Philly (the Philly media powerhouse and ABC O and O) has to be excited about this hire.

 
At 1:54 PM, August 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 part series, really? Since you left KATV she became just another on air personality that no one watched. Minor leaguer going to another minor station. WPVI in Philly (the Philly media powerhouse and ABC O and O) has to be excited about this hire.

 
At 9:01 PM, August 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell me where "Home" is.

 
At 5:38 PM, August 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is she getting so much attention (commercials) because she's leaving? Enough already!

 
At 4:32 AM, August 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only people who stay in Arkansas are hillbillies and ho-s. Otherwise it is a fly-over, pass-thru state. Who stays in the 49th poorest state ?
Losers.

 
At 9:07 AM, August 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, Jessica, you can go ahead and leave now, but spare us the negative comments. We love our state!

 
At 9:35 AM, August 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philly is a MEAN city. Those people will eat her alive. Have fun!

 
At 10:46 AM, August 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Philadelphia police department is hiring. Some of the police department appeared on GMA today with a sign that had the contact information on it.

 
At 11:36 AM, August 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's nothing new. Law enforcement agencies around the country are always hiring. Various agencies have booths set up at a majority of the job fairs I've covered.

 
At 10:35 PM, August 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:32 AM, you sound like the hillbilly.

 
At 6:21 PM, September 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The five part "what I will miss" was just referenced as 10 part. WTH? Is there not enough local/national news to fill their broadcast? She's done a good job, but hasn't been in that spot long enough to get this kind of send off IMO.

 
At 6:34 PM, September 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what happens when you make that big of a market jump.

 
At 7:45 PM, September 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was MB passed over for this spot? No seniority?

 
At 11:34 AM, September 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's ridiculous. No one will remember her in two years.

 
At 1:27 PM, September 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or less.

 
At 7:14 AM, September 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is she not gone yet? I was over this two weeks ago.

 
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