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Daybreak rising: a new name in the mix

Belo8 may end up having it both ways on Daybreak, hiring from both without and within to replace co-anchor Jackie Hyland.

Well-informed sources say that Austin news anchor Christine Haas, of corporate cousin KVUE-TV, has auditioned for the chance to join incumbent Justin Farmer on the currently No. 2-rated early morning show. Hyland is leaving at the end of the November "sweeps" to spend more time with her family in New York City.

Haas anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. weeknight newscasts for Belo-owned KVUE, Austin's ABC affiliate. She joined the station in August 2003, and has a wealth of awards to her credit, according to her official bio.

Haas arrived at KVUE from NBC station KARE-TV in Minneapolis, and is a 1998 graduate of Illinois State University. You can go here to read her KVUE blog, although the last entry dates back to Oct. 19th.