I've got breaking TV news: KCRA 3 news director Anzio Williams just put out the word that the station has hired award-winning anchor/reporter Gulstan Dart (pictured). He will co-anchor the weekday evening newscasts, including KCRA Reports at 11 p.m. with Edie Lambert.
Hey, and that's just in time for the rest of us to go to bed at a decent hour after all the late nights watching the Olympics!
To be honest, I totally got brain freeze on who Dart is replacing opposite Lambert. According to Gene Robinson, creative services director for KCRA and sister station
KQCA My58 TV, "There was no one holding that spot down on a regular basis."
The station rotated several anchors, including Walt Gray and Teo Torres, in that position.
In a statement, Williams says, "Gulstan has an exceptional range of experience as both an anchor and a reporter. We are very excited to have a journalist of his caliber join our news team."
So Dart is trading the Pacific Northwest - that would be Seattle - for sunny Sacramento. He has anchored weekday morning and noon newscasts at KIRO 7 for five years.
His other gigs? Atlanta (WSB) and three years with MSNBC. Dart also filled in as a news reader on NBC's "Today Show."
Quite a pedigree. And let's not forget the Emmy and Associated Press awards for reporting and spot news coverage.
His background? Dart is a grad of the University of Texas at Arlington. He's married with three kids, and is into hiking and water sports. That should make for a smooth transition to our fair city's waterways and trails.
His first day behind the anchor desk is Sept. 8.