His promotion comes as part of a realignment of on-air talent schedules due to the launch of Telemundo’s new midday newscast, which will debut the same day.
Zapata became weekend anchor in 2016, at the same time Ramón Díaz was named anchor for the launch of Telemundo 39’s 4 pm newscast.
He’ll replace Díaz, who moves once more to launch another newscast, this time at 11 am.
Zapata joined KXTX as a video journalist in 2013.
He previously worked as a news anchor and producer at WUVF Univision Fort Myers-Naples from 2012 to 2013 and WANA Azteca America in Fort Myers-Naples from 2005 to 2013.