Livermore-raised Mikaelian Named KTVU-KICU Anchor

Today KTVU-Channel 2 announced Gasia Mikaelian has been promoted to Anchor of the KTVU Channel 2 News at 5 and Bay Area News at 7 on TV36.

Hey, did they just sneak in an announcement that there will be a 7 p.m. newscast launching? That’s right and it begins in January. But we suspect it will be little more than a rehash of the KTVU evening newscasts.

Anyway, a friend, Jason Bezis, called me about a week ago saying that he had been contacted by a polling firm to see if he would watch a 7 p.m. newscast.

That newscast time works out perfectly for folks who are still sitting in commuter traffic when most nightly newscasts air.

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Gasia Mikaelian

Gasia will share the KTVU-Channel 2 News at 5 desk with Frank Somerville. This might help placate viewers the station angered recently when it replaced 14-year early news veteran Mark Curtis with L.A. transplant Dave Clark.

“I’m thrilled to be offered this opportunity,” Gasia says. “Growing up in the Bay Area, KTVU has always been the station I wanted to be a part of, so it is very exciting to be promoted into such a key role here.”

Gasia, who holds a BA in broadcast journalism from San Diego State University, joined the KTVU Channel 2 News team in March 2005 as a reporter/fill-in anchor and was promoted to weekend anchor in July of 2007. Prior to joining KTVU Channel 2 News, she began her career in 1997 in Yuma, followed by stints as an anchor/reporter in Huntsville, and San Diego.

She grew up in Livermore and her family still lives in the East Bay. She has been active in a number of Bay Area charities including the MDA Telethon the past two years.

“It is a pleasure to be able to promote Gasia into this important position,” KTVU News Director Ed Chapuis says. “Her knowledge of the Bay Area and her roots in the community will be an asset for KTVU.”

2 Comments

  1. Joe Schmo said,

    December 11, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    No it will not placate viewers — at least not THIS viewer. Why didn’t they just bring up some ditzy blond from SoCal?

    It doesn’t matter to me, though, since I don’t watch KTVU anymore — well, except to catch what companies are advertising so I can write to them and ask them to pull their advertising from KTVU.

    Joe

  2. Jason B. said,

    December 13, 2007 at 3:54 am

    The Bay Area needs a “hard” newscast at 7:00 p.m. Until the late 1980s, “ABC World News Tonight” and the “CBS Evening News” both ran at 7:00 p.m., some of the latest start times in the country for a network newscast. It’s unfortunate that the KICU 7:00 p.m. newcast will compete with KPIX’s interesting and informative “Eye on the Bay.”