Emmy-award winning journalist Lynette Romero will join KNBC’s Today in LA as an anchor and reporter.
Her on-air debut will be October 10.
Romero will anchor NBC4’s weekday newscast from 4 to 7 am, alongside co-anchor Adrian Arambulo, meteorologist Belen De Leon and traffic anchor Robin Winston.
Prior to her move to KNBC, Romero spent more than 24 years at KTLA 5 in Los Angeles, where she worked as a reporter and ended up anchoring almost every newscast at the station, including the primetime 10 pm show. She was most recently weekend morning anchor.
Her exit caused a commotion at KTLA and got her co-anchor and friend Mark Mester suspended and then fired, after he called out management for poorly handling her departure and not allowing her to say good-bye to viewers after three decades at the Nexstar-owned station, acquired from Tribune Media three years ago.
Entertainment reporter Sam Rubin read an official statement about Romero leaving the station during a September 14 segment, in which he said “KTLA management had hoped she would stay here her entire career, and KTLA worked hard to make that happen,” and wished her the best.
A Los Angeles article today addressed the turmoil amid Romero’s departure, pointing out that KTLA no longer has “a full-time Latina anchor to serve a market in which Latinos make up nearly 50% of the population,” highlighting it has the lowest percentage of Latino on-air talent among TV stations in Los Angeles.