She has been anchoring at KMBC-9 for almost 25 years, but now Maria Antonia, considered Kansas City’s most recognizable Hispanic journalist, has been pulled off the anchor chair. She alleges the ABC affiliate’s general manager told her she would “never anchor at Channel 9 again.”
She says management told her “the station needed to look ahead to the future” and that her job would be given to a younger female anchor.
The Kansas City Star is reporting she’s not the only one who’s filing suit for gender and age discrimination. Two other women – reporter Peggy Breit and anchor Kelly Eckerman claim they have been demoted and passed up for plum positions and shifts at the station, which were ultimately given to younger females.