Chuck Henry, Beverly White, different KNBC vets exiting station

KNBC-TV Channel 4 is dropping 5 common newscasters, together with Chuck Henry, the night information co-anchor.

Henry, together with veteran reporters Beverly White, Vikki Vargas, Kim Baldonado and Angie Crouch, have accepted “voluntary early retirement” buyouts and shall be leaving the station on the finish of this month, based on two station insiders who weren’t licensed to remark. Vargas introduced her retirement on social media Wednesday evening.

Firm-wide, NBCUniversal has been providing incentives to encourage some longtime workers members to exit amid a dramatic spherical of cost-cutting. Tv firms industrywide have been bracing for a lean 2023 due to an promoting downturn, fears of a potential recession and rising programming prices, together with will increase in sports activities rights charges.

Earlier this fall, KNBC-TV administration informed workers members that it hoped sufficient volunteers would settle for the buyouts to cut back the variety of layoffs at KNBC-TV and its sister Telemundo station, KVEA-TV Channel 52, based on three folks acquainted with the scenario however not licensed to talk publicly. Regardless of the 5 distinguished broadcasters volunteering for early retirement final month, it wasn’t sufficient to spare the station from the layoffs, the sources stated.

On Wednesday, a number of executives and workers members discovered they have been a part of the layoffs, based on the sources.

It was not instantly clear who will substitute Henry, the affable, Emmy-winning anchor who has labored alongside co-anchor Colleen Williams for greater than a decade. Williams is anticipated to remain on.

KNBC and KVEA basic supervisor Todd Mokhtari didn’t reply to messages for remark.

For KNBC viewers, the departures of so many acquainted faces on the identical time may very well be jarring and upsetting. The exits come two years after one among KNBC’s most distinctive and beloved personalities, meteorologist Fritz Coleman, retired after offering climate reviews for the station for 39 years, and a 12 months after longtime reporter Patrick Healy signed off after 37 years.

Henry co-anchored Wednesday evening’s newscasts. The beloved anchor has spent greater than 55 years in broadcasting, beginning in 1966 at a Honolulu station. Early on, he labored for NBC associates in Anchorage, Alaska and Chicago, the place he additionally produced and hosted a neighborhood program referred to as “Your Army Neighbor.” Within the Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties, he was host and producer of a journey program, “Eye on L.A.”

Henry joined KNBC in 1994.

White, who joined the station in 1992 as a basic task reporter, has lengthy been among the many most versatile and common Channel 4 reporters, dealing with troublesome assignments with poise and professionalism.

White focuses on breaking information and has coated wildfires, mudslides, the COVID-19 pandemic, road protests, mass shootings and the deaths of music famous person Prince in Minneapolis and Michael Jackson in Santa Barbara. She delivered on-air reviews in the course of the lethal 1994 Northridge earthquake. The native of Killeen, Texas, obtained a lifetime achievement award from the Nationwide Assn. of Black Journalists 4 years in the past.

Vargas, a Downey native and the station’s Orange County bureau chief, has been a part of the Channel 4 information staff for greater than 40 years.

She introduced her retirement to her followers on Twitter. “I hope to take the skill of storytelling and maybe use it for the greater good, whatever that looks like, but mostly I thank you for being part of this, with me for 40 years. Forty years,” Vargas stated in a video message, her voice choking with emotion.

Vargas obtained a lifetime achievement award from the Nationwide Hispanic Media Coalition, and has reported dozens of high-profile tales through the years, together with the 1981 launch of the American hostages in Iran, an Orange County jail break, the 2011 Seal Seaside hair salon killings, the 2013 Christopher Dorner search, and the federal indictment of Orange County’s former Sheriff Mike Carona.

Baldonado, an Emmy-winning reporter and L.A. native, began her profession in San Francisco as an task editor earlier than returning to Southern California, the place she labored as a area producer for Fox’s KTTV-Channel 11. Her first on-air reporting job was in Palm Springs. She labored at unbiased station, KCAL-TV Channel 9, earlier than becoming a member of KNBC in 1995.

A member of Nationwide Assn. of Hispanic Journalists, Baldonado was honored with a Nationwide Edward R. Murrow Award for her work on a particular delving right into a political battle for management of the Los Angeles Unified Faculty District greater than a decade in the past. She additionally excelled in presenting human curiosity options. She coated Pope John Paul II’s go to to Cuba and the Summer time Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Crouch, additionally an Emmy-winning reporter, joined the station in 2004. She coated the the inauguration of President Obama, the investigation into the dying of Michael Jackson, an earthquake in Haiti and California mudslides.

The hassle comes throughout Telemundo’s Spanish-language broadcasts of FIFA’s World Cup and fewer than three months after KNBC employed Lynette Romero from rival station KTLA-TV Channel 5 to co-anchor the early morning newscast.