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Kimberley Kennedy, host of “Hot Topics,” has left WSB-TV

Kimberley Kennedy, host of “Hot Topics,” has left WSB-TV.

She was an anchor for several years on WXIA-TV and WSB-TV. But in 2000, after Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey ended his wedding with her the day before it was set to happen, she took some time off and came back as host of “Hot Topics,” a weekly entertainment show on Saturday nights.

Kennedy earlier this year wrote a book about her experiences called “Left at the Altar.” (Thomas Nelson, $14.99). My colleague Rich Eldredge wrote about it in February.

Autumn Sam has taken over. A graduate of Norcross High School, she also works sports for WSB. Her most recent job was in El Paso.

Here’s part of Kennedy’s WSB bio:

Kimberley Kennedy started her career at the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour in Washington, D.C., before landing her first reporting job at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia. She quickly moved up as weekend anchor and reporter for WSB-TV in Atlanta. She left Atlanta in 1992 to be the noon and 6 p.m. news anchor at KDFW-TV in Dallas. Two years later, she returned to Atlanta as the 5 p.m. news anchor and reporter at NBC affiliate WXIA-TV. During the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta, she hosted her own daily talk show.

In 2000, Kimberley took a break from television but returned the next year to host and co-produce Hot Topics.

The show is syndicated in a few markets outside of Atlanta.

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July 16th, 2009
6:12 pm


July 16th, 2009
7:47 pm

Kimberly should spend six months at My House for Bikini Car-Wash Therapy.

The Road Warrior

July 17th, 2009
11:30 am

I am sorry to hear that Kimberley has left. I hope it was on her own terms. I remember when my services were “no longer needed” over at Fox 5 she was one of the first people in the industry I contacted. She was positive and gave some sound advice. These are some lean mean times we are in and I am sure that if anyone can bounce back, it is Kimberley. Her name now goes on the growing list on on-air personalities who have left local tv. God help us all.


July 17th, 2009
4:05 pm

Where on earth is her brother Arch?

The Count

July 17th, 2009
4:13 pm

Is it really true she has to take off her blouse in order to count to 22 ?

The Road Warrior

July 18th, 2009
7:39 am

Its so funny, I just wrote a note about Kimerley leaving yesterday…and now Tom and Holly from Atlanta and Company got the ax too….again…God help us all.

Jimmy Barron

July 20th, 2009
8:44 am

Barnes called last night; he’s happy at McDonald’s. Where’s Leslie?

Southern Bella

July 20th, 2009
2:14 pm

Road Warrior, I sure do miss your segments!! I was wondering where in the world you’d gone!

T-Boz, I remember Arch Kennedy, too! I wonder where he is… Time to Google!

Capt Midnight

July 20th, 2009
3:07 pm

Great,another coherent broadcaster has left “da atl”, and as expected, they (WeSoBlack)gotta replace her with a “sista”. Probably Monnie’s great,great neice.


July 20th, 2009
3:31 pm

I think I remember on a bio of Kimberley’s that it said Arch K was at a Florida station now.

I’d sure like to know what’s up with WSB getting rid of Kimberley – I doubt it was on her own terms since it was so sudden. Did she lose some kind of political infight? I only wathced Hot Topics because she was a hottie herself. Plus she was articulate and had that gal-next-door appeal.


July 22nd, 2009
12:39 pm

Any word on what happened to her?


July 25th, 2009
12:42 am

I was so disappointed to learn about Kennedy’s departure. Her delivery was always terrific – clear, coherent, and friendly. She had a way of making even stupid celebrity stories sound interesting and relevant. Sorry Autumn – nothing personal, but your overly chummy presentation feels more like you are talking down to us. I won’t be watching Hot Topics anymore.


July 25th, 2009
11:41 pm

I am not to fund of Autumn Sams. She talks with her hands too much, over does the delivery of the, and makes unnecessary facial expression. I hope she improves. I will miss Kimberly Kennedy.


July 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

Ditto for me. I enjoyed Hot Topics though I don’t usually follow that kind of thing. Her homey, friendly manner was engaging. It’s not the same without her. She was one of the best things WSB had.

It will be interesting to see if Hot Topics maintains ratings without her. I won’t be watching anymore.


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