Dinges: Shannon Wolfson returns to KXAN


After a brief, three-month break from TV news, Shannon Wolfson is back on the air at KXAN, the city’s NBC affiliate.

This time around, Wolfson, who previously served as a nightside reporter and anchor of KXAN’s 9 p.m. newscast on sister station KNVA, will work as a full-time investigative reporter.

“I’m thrilled to be back at KXAN with the opportunity to tell stories that really make a difference,” she told me. “This is the kind of storytelling I’ve always loved, but haven’t always had the time or resources to accomplish.

“It is important to me, both personally and professionally, to be fair and respectful. That is the kind of reporting I do, and it’s the person I am.”

The new gig means Wolfson, a University of Texas graduate, will get to spend more time with her husband, something she’s excited about.

“I really just enjoyed spending the time off with my husband,” she said. “My previous position didn’t allow us to spend much time together at all, so we traveled a bit and visited a lot of family.

“It was really wonderful, but I am ready to get back to work. This position will allow me a much better work-life balance.”

Wolfson, who first joined KXAN in 2006, will help fill the void left by the recent departure of KXAN chief investigative reporter Chris Willis.

“KXAN is deeply committed to investigative journalism that holds people accountable and makes a positive impact in our community,” she said. “I really am humbled to join an extremely experienced team of investigative journalists dedicated to those ideals.”

Fox 7 changes morning lineup

KTBC is shaking up its morning newscast.

In addition to anchor Katherine Kisiel’s recent departure, the station has announced that Greg Kerr, Kisiel’s co-anchor for the past year, has been replaced.

Dave Froehlich, who arrives from the NBC station in Corpus Christi, will take Kerr’s spot beginning Wednesday.

The station wouldn’t provide details on Kerr’s departure. His bio has already been removed from MyFoxAustin.com.

The move comes just weeks before Austin NBC affiliate KXAN is set to launch a two-hour-long 7 a.m. newscast on CW affiliate KNVA, its sister station. Up until now, Fox 7 had been the only Austin broadcast station airing local news during that time period.

Kerr joined Fox 7 in July 2012. He replaced longtime anchor Joe Bickett, who moved out of state.

It was Kerr’s second stint at the station, where he served as weekend sportscaster nearly two decades ago. He’s also worked for Fox Sports Southwest, as well as stations in Greensboro, N.C.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Springfield, Ill.

Froehlich will anchor alongside Keri Bellacosa and meteorologist Zack Shields, Fox 7 said.

“Dave will be a real asset to our newsroom,” news director Pam Vaught said. “His intelligence, quick wit and experience covering news in Texas make him a great fit for our morning news.”

A University of Texas grad, Froehlich has previously worked — on- and off-air — for stations in Houston; Kansas City; Amarillo; and Grand Junction, Colo., in addition to his time in Corpus Christi.

“I can’t wait to share the morning with our viewers, get reacquainted with old friends and make new ones as my wife and I live, work and raise our kids in this wonderful community,” Froehlich said.

Meanwhile, Kisiel is moving to Portland, where her husband, former KXAN investigative reporter Chris Willis, has landed a gig at the city’s NBC affiliate.

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