Reporter to sit with Diaz at 'Channel 4 News'

Longtime KNBC-TV reporter Furnell Chatman, who captured the first on-camera interview with O.J. Simpson after his criminal trial, has been bumped up to weekend anchor for the L.A. station.

While continuing to report Monday-Wednesday, Chatman will anchor the afternoon and late editions of the “Channel 4 News” on Saturday and Sunday with co-anchor Diane Diaz.

“Furnell is an icon in local journalism. He has been with our station for 24 years and has been a leader in breaking significant news stories. He covered nearly every major news event, from high-profile court cases to earthquakes and civil unrest, and has won virtually every local news award,” KNBC veep and news director Nancy Bauer Gonzales said in making the appointment.

Elsewhere in Los Angeles TV, newsman Larry Laurent is joining KCBS as assistant news director from syndicated newsmag “Extra.” There he served in the capacities of day-of-air producer, field producer and director.

Prior to his stint at “Extra,” Laurent worked for KABC in L.A. for 11 years, as well as for several other local TV stations and CNN.

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