Veteran anchor and reporter Carol Sbarge will move from early mornings to “Channel 2 Action News at Noon,” joining Fred Blankenship.
Sbarge will also report for the early evening newscasts, starting at 4 p.m.
She currently co-anchors “Channel 2 Action News This Morning,” beginning at 4:30 a.m. with Blankenship.
Linda Stouffer, weekend morning anchor, will join Blankenship in the early morning weekday newscasts when Sbarge moves to noon. The change will take effect Jan. 7.
“We’re so glad to have a veteran like Carol,” said Tim McVay, general manager for Channel 2 Action News, in a press release. Sbarge anchored weekends for 11 years and has been anchoring mornings for five years, while filling in other time slots. “Moving Carol to the noon news takes advantage of her great relationship with Fred and adds her reporting power to the three hours of local news, 4-7 p.m.”
“This new assignment gives me the best of both worlds,” Sbarge said in the release. “I continue to work with Fred at noon and then report for the 4, 5 and 6 p.m.”
“’Channel 2 Action News at Noon’ represents a key hour in the day’s news coverage,” said Mike Dreaden, news director for Channel 2. “It’s the newscast of choice for many of our news viewers. It has become even more important in our overall coverage of the day’s events since we launched the 4 p.m. newscast last year.”