Near the beginning of 2017, “News 8 Daybreak” co-anchor Alexa Conomos announced that she’d be leaving WFAA/Channel 8 after 15 years with station and three years on the “Daybreak” anchor desk.
Conomos said that she planned to stay until a new anchor was named. Although her contract expired in June, some events in her personal life led her to extend her stay with the station, according to a Facebook post. But she will leave in January, and a new co-anchor will join Ron Corning in the mornings.
Kara Sewell, who has been with WXIX-TV Fox 19 in Cincinnati since late 2014, broke the news last week in a video on her Facebook page. Sewell had been co-anchoring the morning newscast at Fox 19, so she won’t have too much trouble adapting to the morning-show grind.
In a Facebook email exchange, Sewell said she will start at WFAA on Jan. 2, but she doesn’t have a firm date for her on-air debut yet.
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It’s a return to Texas for her. According to a report by Cincinnati-based TV writer John Kieswetter, she’s a Houston native. A 2005 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, she began her career in 2006 at KOSA-TV in Midland-Odessa. She and her husband have family in the state.
“I have not been close [in proximity] to my parents for a while,” she says in the Facebook video. “I’ll be about four hours away from my folks. Same thing for my husband. That’s huge. We haven’t been in Texas since 2008.”
That was when she left Midland-Odessa to start a six-year stint at KWCH-TV in Wichita, Kansas, before moving to Cincinnati in 2014.
“I haven’t seen my grandmother in four years,” she continues. “She’s in Amarillo. Hard to get to see her. It’ll be nice to drive and go see her.”
Sewell has an extensive website that lists a lot of accomplishments, such as leading coverage at the Republican and the Democratic national conventions in 2016, doing monthly segments to promote breast-cancer awareness, and receiving a Texas Associated Press award for her coverage of grass fires near Fort Davis.
As for Conomos, she recently posted on her own Facebook page that her last day will be Jan. 4. “ I Iook forward to beginning a new chapter with my family,” she wrote. “One that includes more time at home being the kind of mommy and wife that I wish to be; and pursuing a new career that will enable the work/life balance I deeply desire.”
This will be the second major change for “Daybreak” in recent months: In October, traffic reporter Demetria Obilor joined the program and almost immediately became a social-media sensation when she responded to a Facebook post critical of her clothing choices, a story that was covered by the Star-Telegram and most other DFW media outlets, as well as Cosmopolitan, NBC News and other national outlets — and even some international ones.
H/T Uncle Barky’s Bytes. The Star-Telegram has a content-sharing agreement with WFAA.
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