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March 11, 2008
Channel 13 makes it official: Beck is news director

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After helping guide the post-Steve Charlier Channel 13 through the February sweeps as interim news director, Cameryn Beck (pictured) was appointed to the permanent position on Tuesday.

Bruno Cohen, president of channels 13 and 31, says Beck proved herself during the stresses of sweeps month and that she's gained the confidence of the staff. Beck, who came to CBS13 from Channel 3 in late 2005, had been the executive producer of Channel 13's news.

"She's a really charismatic leader - positive, upbeat and treats people with respect," Cohen says. "She makes employees want to root for her to do well and make the broadcast better."

Indeed, Beck may help Channel 13 heal from its PCSD - Post-Charlier Stress Disorder. Under Charlier's blustery leadership, Channel 13 changed almost its entire reporting lineup and fostered much rumbling in the rank and file. Charlier left Channel 13 in late January to join a start-up TV firm in the Midwest.

"Cameryn is a very collaborative person," Cohen says.

Here's the memo Cohen sent to staffers today:

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Cameryn Beck as News Director of CBS13 (KOVR). Cameryn joined us in August 2005 as executive news producer and was promoted in August 2007 to assistant news director. During the last month she has ably served as interim news director. I am continually impressed by her journalistic judgment, her innovative approach to newscast production and development and her charismatic, fair-minded leadership. It's particularly rewarding to be able to promote a very deserving member of our own organization - and to place a Sacramento native with thorough knowledge of the coverage area and deep roots in the community - into such an important position. Brent Baader will continue in his role as news director for "Good Day Sacramento" on CW31. Brent and Cameryn will both report to me. Please join me in congratulating Cameryn on her promotion and in providing her and Brent with your complete support. - Bruno

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