By the time they get to Phoenix: newyweds Chelsey Davis, Brandon Hamilton respectively leaving CBS11/TEGNA8 early morning newscasts
10/12/16 10:10 AM
By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The early morning news picture abruptly changed at two D-FW stations this week, with both CBS11 and TEGNA8 losing prominent players.
Chelsey Davis, who has been CBS11’s traffic anchor since June of 2015, will be leaving to join her husband, Brandon Hamilton, in Phoenix. He’s been TEGNA8’s Daybreak feature reporter since July of last year. The couple recently were married.
CBS11 interim news director Laurie Passman broke the news to staffers Tuesday in a brief memo obtained by unclebarky.com.
“Our newlywed traffic reporter Chelsey Davis is following her heart (and a new husband) back to Arizona,” Passman said. “Brandon was recently hired by a station in Phoenix, and naturally, Chelsey wants to be with him.” Davis’ last day at CBS11 will be Nov. 23rd, Passman said. “We are actively seeking her replacement.” The Phoenix station is TEGNA-owned NBC affiliate KPNX-TV.
TEGNA8 can’t say it wasn’t warned. Upon joining the station, Hamilton told a well-wisher on his Facebook page: “Phoenix will be home again one day! Promise!”
Davis, a former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader, replaced interim CBS11 traffic reporter Tammy Dombeck. She arrived from Phoenix’s KPHO-TV, the market’s CBS affiliate. Davis was hired by news director Mike Garber, who since has been fired. CBS11 continues to run last in the early morning ratings behind Fox4, NBC5 and TEGNA8 (in that order).
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