Monday, June 13, 2005


Where Are They Now?

Now and then, The Dirt Sheet will post updates on what former area TV and radio types are up to. If you hear of anything we should know, drop a note to us using the comment line below.

David Ono and Stephanie Vigil once held down the thankless job of morning anchor and traffic goddess at KOVR-13 in Sacramento. David now anchors morning and midday news at L.A. powerhouse KABC-TV, and contributes occasional special reports to that station's vast array of minority issues programs. Stephanie, still lovely as ever, won last years "Best TV News Anchor" competition from Pacific Northwest Islander Magazine -- appropriate, since Stephanie anchors news at Spokane's top-rated KHQ-TV. By the way, she works a few feet from one of Sactown's most famous former weather guessers, Shelly Monahan (of KCRA fame).

Bakersfield has seen more than its share of top talent, on its way to someplace else. Charlotte Starck put together some of that town's best street reporting in the early 2000's; she's anchoring the morning news marathon at San Diego indie KUSI-51.

Seen Lloyd Lindsay Young recently? Probably not since KMAX-31's "Good Evening Sacramento" died quietly last year. LLY is still at KMAX, as a newsroom assistant in the evenings. From their studio, Lloyd produces weather reports for Bay Area news/talk giant KGO-AM 810.

Speaking of KMAX, who's that new guy Chris Burrous? He can do just about anything on "Good Day Sacramento," from newsreader to weekday traffic to weekend weather, and all with intelligence and great presence. San Joaquin Valley residence know this guy well, having logged time at Fresno's KGPE-47 and Bakersfield's KGET-17 -- where, incidentally, his wife Mai Do is the 6pm and 11pm co-anchor.

If you think KTVU-2 afternoon anchor Leslie Griffeth is too cute for television, you haven't been listening. Griffeth's authoritative delivery was honed in one of America's smallest markets. Leslie cut her reporting teeth on the mean streets of Grand Junction, Colorado in 1983 as Assistant News Director at KQIL-AM radio. She's just as polished today, and not a day older!

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