Forget the studio. KOIN-TV (CBS) Portland is launching “Keep it Local,” produced entirely on location as the 4:00 pm lead-in to its KOIN Local 6 News at 5:00 pm.
CBS National News Correspondent Priya David, who has reported for the Early Show and the CBS Evening News, will join KOIN’s team of reporters going out to cover the community stories that normally don’t get told on traditional news broadcasts.
“For years, the television industry has steadily moved away from locally produced community based programming even though the demand from local viewers remains high,” said Tim Perry, President and GM of the New Vision Television station. “We’re proud to give our viewers a show that truly reflects the heartbeat of their hometown. Local subjects, presented from a local perspective, from local venues, by a team of concerned, experienced and devoted journalists. We’re going on safari every day. This will be a very different viewing experience from a traditional news broadcast,” said Perry.
Anchor Priya David, who before joining CBS News spent three years at KTVU in San Francisco covering local news as well as MSNBC, will be joined by the “Dean” of Portland television, Mike Donahue, who brings more than 40 years of experience covering the news of Portland; Jeff Gianola, who has led Portland anchor desks for more than 25 years; Kelley Day, who has been on the air in Portland for more than 15 years; and chief meteorologist Bruce Sussman, who has been a meteorologist for 15 years and tracked Oregon weather for more than ten years. New to the team is Araksya Karapetyan, an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist who comes to Portland from KIDK-TV (CBS) Idaho Falls, ID.