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August 2, 2007
Fox40 loses three veteran reporters

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Fox40's evening news will have a different look in the next few weeks.

Gone are three familiar faces - reporters Jonathan Carlson, Tim Sakahara (pictured) and Georgette Copes.

Replacing them are Michelle Liu (who formerly worked in Springfield, Ill.), Bethany Crouch (who comes from the Tri-Cities in Washington state) and Jamie Soriano (who worked in Salinas).

Liu started at the station this week, and Crouch and Soriano come aboard in late August, according to news director Tom Burke.

Burke, however, declined to talk about the reasons for the departures of Carlson, Sakahara and Copes, citing the station's personnel policies. But he did add that "there's nothing sinister. TV news is a fluid business. People move around."

Carlson is said to be moving to the East Coast. Sakahara is moving to a station in Hawaii, and Copes is relocating to San Diego.

Behind the scenes, Sakahara's wife, Karisse, also has left her position as executive producer of News10's morning show.

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