Almost 8 years after parent company NBC dismantled Telemundo’s local news operations in several top cities, the San Jose station is slowly coming back to life.
KSTS-48 today announced that it will add more staff, leverage the newsroom resources and bilingual talent from KNTV-11, its NBC sister station, and launch two new weekday morning newscasts on June 2.
“Noticiero Telemundo 48 Primera Edición” will air weekdays from 5 to 7 am. Another half-hour of weekday morning news program – “Noticiero Telemundo 48” – will air from 10 to 10:30 am.
Both morning shows will be anchored by Lorena Domínguez and Juan Francisco Ramírez. The morning team will also include Lucrecia Borchardt as the weather and traffic anchor and Lucero Benítez and Katherine Orozco as multimedia reporters.
The company is reinvesting to restore and expand local news and recapture viewers after it eliminated KSTS’ newscasts in 2006 and aired regionalized news from the Telemundo Production Center (TPC) in Dallas.
Lorena, who was most recently a segment producer and reporter for Time Warner Cable Deportes in Los Angeles, previously worked in the Bay Area market as the weekend anchor for Univision 14 in San Francisco, from 2000 to 2004. She has also worked as a reporter for KMEX-34 and KVEA-52/KWHY-22.
Juan Francisco transitions to news anchor after being Telemundo 48’s sports anchor for more than a year. Earlier in his career, Ramírez was the morning show co-anchor at Univision Sacramento.
Lucrecia was most recently a radio host and anchored weather and traffic segments on Univision San Francisco’s “Al Despertar.” She began her career in San Jose, Costa Rica where she worked at several stations as an anchor/reporter.
Until recently Lucero was a multimedia journalist for KNSO Telemundo 51 Fresno where she helped launch a newscast for the Central Valley. Katherine joined Telemundo 48 in February of this year as a multimedia journalist from KAKW Univision, Austin, Texas, where she was a MMJ.
Additionally, Gabriela Dellán will join the station as evening weather anchor. She previously worked at Telemundo 48 from 2011 to 2013 and returns to the station after working for the past year a KUVS-19, Univision Sacramento
The station will also debut a new consumer investigative segment, “Telemundo Responde,” led by reporter Alonso Castillo, who was most recently at Vme TV.
All of Telemundo 48’s newscasts will be coming from a new state-of-the-art, high definition studio, equipped with new technology, such as LED lighting and an array of multi-functional LED monitor walls.
In addition to newsroom resources, the Telemundo O&O will now also share bilingual talent from NBC Bay Area, such as Damián Trujillo and Jessica Aguirre.
In addition, “Comunidad del Valle,” NBC’s public affairs show hosted by Damian Trujillo, now airs on both Telemundo 48 and NBC Bay Area. The show is taped both in English and in Spanish and will air first on Telemundo 48 Saturdays at 5:30 pm and then on NBC Bay Area on Sundays at 3:00 pm.
Jessica Aguirre’s educationa segment “Class Action,” will also be featured on “Telemundo Noticiero 48.”