Why have so many newscasters disappeared?

Chrisdyann Uribe, former KFOX14 Traffic anchor

Sheldon, a KFOX14 viewer in Canutillo, sent this question to Just Ask John: "Why have so many newscasters disappeared?"

He's not happy with some of the changes he's seen on-air.

In the TV news business, El Paso is considered a stepping stone market where young anchors and reporters hone their skills and then move on to better-paying jobs in bigger TV markets.

We've seen it happen right here on the KFOX14 Morning News.

Last year, Marcel Clarke was a reporter for us. She’s now an anchor and reporter in Kansas City.

Chrisdyann Uribe used to be our traffic anchor. She moved on, first to Austin, then to Houston, where she now works as the traffic anchor for a morning newscast there.

Selena Madrigal replaced Chrisdyann here on the traffic desk, but she missed her home in San Antonio. She got out of the TV business and now works for a school district back home.

Kandolite Flores also got out of the TV news business because of her love of animals. But after a few years with the humane society, she missed us and came back to be our traffic anchor.

For newscasters like myself and KFOX14 evening anchors, Robert Holguin and Erika Castillo, we left to bigger markets only to return because we have roots in the region, or we simply missed the place.

I hope I’m able to keep my job until I retire, then someone else will replace me at the anchor desk.

So there are many reasons why newscasters disappear and sometimes reappear.

As with any career, we sometimes we move on to bigger and better opportunities, sometimes we want to come home and sometimes we want to try something else.

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