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York lands KTLA anchor slot

Jennifer York, who has spent the past five years surveying the Southern California freeways as air traffic reporter for “The KTLA Morning News,” is expanding her horizons to the anchor chair and will take over the controls of KTLA’s 11 a.m. weekday newscast from Michelle Ruiz.

Target date for the switch is June 2.

The anchor gig was offered to keep York from defecting to KCBS, which has coveted York for a morning news anchor slot, the station confirmed.

York will continue to handle her chopper duties weekdays from 5:30 to 9 a.m. in addition to the 11 a.m. job. Ruiz will now anchor only the 6 a.m. newscast, while the station’s 5-5:30 a.m. news is being scrapped in favor of a CNN feed beginning March 31, KTLA’s VP and G.M. John Reardon said.

“Jennifer had told us she wanted to do this,” Reardon said of York’s anchor assignment. “So we gave her a test and she just really aced it. And Michelle will now get to focus more time on investigative pieces. It works out well for everybody.”

If York proves adept in the anchor chair, Reardon did not rule out possible additional anchor slots in her future. One of those could ultimately be on KTLA’s “News at Ten,” where Hal Fishman has flown solo since fall.

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