Michelle Valles is no longer KXAN’s news anchor. The Austin American Statesman reports she turned down a contract offer last Thursday and left the station where she’s worked for the past 5 years.
According to the story, Michelle complained the contract renewal offered was unacceptable:”We were under contract negotiations for a while, but they presented me an offer yesterday afternoon that wasn’t in my best interest,” she said on Friday. At the time, the station’s general manager, Eric Lassberg said the negotiations were ongoing, but today, he told the Statesman she “is no longer employed at KXAN.” Her bio has been pulled from the station’s Web site. The NBC affiliate will begin searching for a new co-anchor to work with Robert Hadlock.
Michelle, who had been KXAN’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor was busted in November of last year for driving under the influence. Last month, she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor reckless driving charge and was sentenced to two years probation. The drunken driving charge against her was dropped.