Summer shakeup: Familiar faces depart Austin TV stations

A summer shakeup is underway at Austin’s TV stations.

Former KTBC anchor Jenni Lee is filling in on KVUE.
Former KTBC anchor Jenni Lee is filling in on KVUE.

KEYE, KTBC, KVUE and KXAN have all seen staffers come and go in recent weeks.

At KEYE, Chrisdyann Uribe has signed on as morning traffic anchor. She arrives from a station in El Paso.

Ashley Roberts is now filing reports from KEYE’s Traffic Tracker in the morning and from the studio during the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

Fox-owned KTBC reports weekend meteorologist Scott Prinsen has left the station. He’d been there since 2004 and, before that, was at Time Warner Cable News.

Longtime KVUE reporter Shelton Green waved farewell to viewers last week.

KVUE weekend morning anchor Jade Mingus is off on maternity leave. Former KTBC anchor Jenni Lee will be filling in while she’s out.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the KVUE news team,” Lee said. “I’ve known many of them for several years and have always admired and respected them.”

And at KXAN, morning co-anchor Brian Sanders has left the station. The search is on for a replacement.

Newcomer joins KVUE’s morning newscasts

Cori Coffin (photo courtesy of KVUE)

Early risers have likely noticed a new face on KVUE’s top-rated “Daybreak” and “Midday” newscasts.

Recent arrival Cori Coffin has been anchoring the ABC affiliate’s 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. news broadcasts on a temporary basis alongside Bryan Mays and meteorologist Albert Ramon.

Coffin comes to Austin after spending the past three years at KREX in Grand Junction, Colo., where she also handled morning and midday anchor duties.

At KVUE, Coffin is currently filling in for anchor Yvonne Nava, who is on maternity leave after giving birth to her second son, Bodhi, late last month.

When Nava returns after the holidays, executive news director Frank Volpicella said Coffin will take over as anchor of KVUE’s 4:30 a.m. newscast, a spot vacated by Jessica Vess, who left recently to take a public relations job at Austin Community College.

Weekend morning anchor Jade Mingus has been handling 4:30 a.m. duties on an interim basis, Volpicella said, with former KVUE anchor/reporter Amy Johnston-Harper filling in for Mingus on Saturday and Sunday mornings on a freelance basis.