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NBC5 nabs former network news anchor Vinita Nair as "special assignment" reporter after TEGNA8 bypasses her for Daybreak slot


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NBC5 has hired former network anchor/reporter Vinita Nair as a “special assignments” reporter focusing on extended projects, sources have confirmed to unclebarky.com.

The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon to station staffers. Her first day will be on Jan. 29th.

Nair, 36, most recently was co-anchor of CBS This Morning Saturday with Anthony Mason, who went on to become interim anchor of the CBS Evening News until Jeff Glor recently was announced as Scott Pelley’s “permanent” successor. In November of last year, CBS replaced Nair on the morning show with Alex Wagner.

The Northwestern University graduate, born in Evanston, Illinois but raised in Colleyville, TX, also has co-anchored ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning.

In October of this year, she auditioned on the air with co-anchor Ron Corning to become Alexa Conomos’ successor on Dallas-based TEGNA8’s weekday editions of Daybreak. But last week, the job instead went to Kara Sewell, who will be leaving Cincinnati’s WXIX-TV (Fox19) in December and joining Daybreak shortly after Conomos’ last day on Jan. 4th.

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