Former local anchor hosts short-lived reality show

2012-08-05T00:00:00Z Former local anchor hosts short-lived reality showPhil Villarreal Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

"Today" Show host Savannah Guthrie isn't the only ex-Tucson journalist to make a recent splash on network TV.

Alex Miranda, 26, who hosted the KGUN 9 show "The Morning Blend," snagged a hosting gig on the short-lived CBS dating show "3," which debuted in late July and was canceled Tuesday. The show put a trio of single ladies together in a Chicago house and documented their efforts to find love.

KGUN Creative Services Director Steve Harris was thrilled to see Miranda get such a high-profile job.

"Alex was great to work with. He was always upbeat and professional. The guests loved him," Harris said via email. "It's great to see him move on to a network gig. It just shows the quality of on-air talent we have here at KGUN."

Like Guthrie, Miranda ignored my requests for an interview through corporate spokesmen.

Guthrie, meanwhile, has taken some lumps on the national scene. After "Today" struggled against rival "Good Morning America" in the ratings race as the Olympics began, with Guthrie and co-host Matt Lauer broadcasting from London, NBC changed course by sending another co-host, Hoda Kotb, to join Guthrie and Lauer.

According to the New York Daily News, the network had Kotb postpone a planned vacation so she could liven up the Olympics lead-in broadcasts. Guthrie beat out Kotb, along with countless other candidates, to win the "Today" job.

Chapin moves on

KGUN Channel 9 reporter Jessica Chapin is moving on and headed to the Phoenix area, although not to take a job at a TV station there, as so many of Tucson's TV news personalities do.

Instead, Chapin is taking a new career path, in a communications job with the city of Gilbert.

"Her contract is expiring, and she has resigned to take an opportunity elsewhere," KGUN News Director Forrest Carr said via email.

Chapin, whose last day is Friday, said it was tough to decide to leave TV.

"Working in a newsroom, you come to think of your co-workers as family members and this has been no different," Chapin said via email. "I'm going to miss everyone but I won't be far away. I want all the viewers to know that their feedback and support really made a difference, and I hope my reporting made a difference for you too. It's been a pleasure telling your stories."

Trunzo resigns from KOLD

Morning anchor Gina Trunzo has resigned because of medical complications.

KOLD Channel 13 hired Trunzo to host the KMSB Channel 11 morning show in February after it took over KMSB's news operations in a shared services agreement.

Trunzo hosted the show for a few months before taking a medical leave in May.

"If I could say something to viewers out there, it would be that my last six years on the air here in Southern Arizona has been a fantastic experience," Trunzo said via email. "I've loved every minute of getting to know the people, places and things that make this community so special. It was a difficult decision to leave KOLD because of my recent health issues, but it's for the best. I'm looking forward to feeling better soon and thank you to everyone who has been wishing me well these last few months."

KOLD Vice President and General Manager Debbie Bush said via email that the station will start interviewing candidates to fill Trunzo's position.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com or 573-4130.

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