Sanchez tapped news anchor at UPN 13

Journo to replace Tawny Little

UPN 13 has tapped Lauren Sanchez co-anchor of its 10 p.m. newscast, finally nailing down a replacement for Tawny Little, who ankled the post earlier this month.

Welcomed to the set Monday, Sanchez is the finishing touch to the station’s revamping efforts for its only news hour. She’s paired with former KNBC anchor Rick Chambers, who replaced Alan Frio in November.

“With the combined talents and experience of Rick and Lauren, along with the rest of our skilled news team, we plan to usher in the new millennium with a stronger, more focused news broadcast for our viewers,” said UPN 13 prexy and general manager David Woodcock.

“It’s a relief to finally put together the new team after many weeks of negotiations — great to start fresh going into the new year,” KCOP news director Steve Cohen said.

The station’s newscast regularly lags behind its 10 p.m. rivals (KTTV, KTLA and KCAL) but has posted ratings gains for October and November.

Hailing from the Fox Sports Network, Sanchez most recently anchored both the cabler’s “Fox Sports Tonight” and its Emmy-nominated series “Going Deep.” Sanchez also has held down reporting gigs at “Extra” and at ABC’s KTVK-TV in Phoenix, following her broadcasting break as a KCOP news assistant in 1993.