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KABC hires Vara to be co-anchor

Peacock journo switches networks after revamp

L.A. morning news personality Kathy Vara, who is on her way out of KNBC’s ayem newscast “Today in L.A.,” has been hired by competitor KABC as a co-anchor/reporter.

She begins Monday co-anchoring ABC-owned KABC’s 11:30 a.m. newscast alongside Gene Gleeson.

Vara, who has anchored KNBC’s top-rated “Today in L.A.” with Kent Shocknek for seven years, is leaving NBC-owned KNBC as part of the station’s recently revealed on-air revamp (Daily Variety, Feb. 9).

The seat next to KABC’s Gleeson at 11:30 had been filled by various members of the ABC7 news ranks since Maggie Rodriguez, who had been the co-anchor, left the station last summer (Daily Variety, July 24, 2000).

In addition to filling Rodriguez’s seat, Vara will work as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for the ABC station.