JADIANN THOMPSON BROUGHT IN TO REPLACE KSHB’S ALEX

JohnLandsberg
April 6th, 2013
Jadiann Thompson

Jadiann Thompson, who has worked as a multi-media journalist/fill-in anchor at KPHO-TV in Phoenix since April 2011, will continue reporting duties while also anchoring the 6 p.m. news at 41 Action News, according to an announcement by Brian Bracco, Vice President and General Manager of KSHB/KMCI-TV.

Her first day on the air will be April 22.

Thompson will co-anchor the 6 p.m. news with veteran anchor Mark Clegg, who will also be anchoring the 4 p.m. news (starting Monday), the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. news (all with Christa Dubill).

Thompson will be filling the big shoes of Elizabeth Alex at 6 p.m. with the veteran anchor leaving that post in February.

“It will be a challenge to sit in the same chair as a trusted name like Elizabeth Alex, but I plan to earn the viewers’ respect,” says Thompson. “I want to be someone you see not only behind the anchor desk, but in the community as well. I can’t wait to get started.”

In her career Thompson has been on the front lines of many breaking news events. She was there when Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made her final public appearance prior to stepping down from office, and has covered numerous stories involving Arizona’s hot-button immigration reform and controversial Sherriff Joe Arpaio.

She also spent two weeks in the middle of the Wallow fire, the largest wildfire in Arizona history.

“Jadiann has a great ability to connect with the viewer and will bring an infectious energy to KSHB-TV,” said KSHB News Director Carrie Hofmann.

Thompson grew up working at her father’s landscaping business in Northwest Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and her first job out of college took her to Madrid, Spain, where she taught English as a second language. She also interned on Capitol Hill.

From there, she took her first job in the television business at KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyoming, quickly working her way up from Multimedia Journalist, to Executive Producer/Anchor for the weekday 5, 6 and 10 pm newscasts. She also spent time as Assistant News Director for the station.

 

22 Responses

  1. matt says:

    MATT’S THOUGHTS…
    She’s not related to Mike Thompson.
    Also KMBC hiring another Newscaster and KCTV5 a 5 Weather Person.
    Mark gets to do all Evening Newscast so if they add anymore like lets say 9pm to 10pm,5:30pm,6:30pm,10:30pm on KMCI Dubill/Thompson as Anchors because other near by have 2 Ladies Co-Anchoring Newscast in the Evenings and KOMU has done it in the Mornings and KMBC/FOX4KC in the Evenings and FOX4 in the Evenings with Holt/Witt.

  2. Jim says:

    DUBILL
    She’ll soon replace Dubill. Christa is an egomanical witch.

  3. Glenn Quagmire says:

    GIGGITY…
    Giggity-giggity.

  4. Laszlo the buzz says:


    THREE

    I’d love to see her with Jiao Jioa. Throw in some Christa Dubill, that would be delicious.

  5. mike t. says:

    JUST THE 6 PM NEWS
    someone explain to me, please, why with the exception of accommodating elizabeth alex, do they have this new gal scehduled for just the 6, but all the rest have dubill. what is it, dubill’s lunch hour? beginning to think kshb is in disarray.

    • Nick says:

      DISARRAY
      ‘beginning to think kshb is in disarray.’

      you’re only -just- beginning to think this? :) KSHB’s been in trouble for a long time. Clearly with the choices in their recent hires, it isn’t getting any better. I wonder if Bracco is regretting his choice of going to 41…

  6. LeeAnn Fyten says:

    LOOKS PLEASANT
    Strange name is all I can say. She looks to be a pleasant journalist. I refuse to watch KMBC because of Lara Moritz and her facial expressions-she is awful!!!

  7. Curtis Jay says:

    JAJA
    Now all they need to do is get rid of Jaja or whatever her name is on the am broadcast

  8. LAC says:

    HOT
    Hottest Girl on KC TV !!!!!!!!

  9. larry burns says:

    WELCOME
    Welcome to kansas city!! God Bless!

  10. Suzie king says:

    LOVE CHRISTA
    My husband & I absolutely love Christa Dubill!

  11. belle says:

    WATCHING 9
    We started watching 9 news this month. Enough of the giggly blondes who have to touch Gary all the time.

  12. Susan says:

    GIDDY, EBULLIENT CHATTER
    I have watched KSHB for many years, but have recently turned the channel. We cannot stand Jadiann Thompson and her over the top, giddy, ebullient chatter. I cannot imagine her reporting on a news story of any gravity or importance. She is not a good fit with the other members of the six o’clock news team and sticks out like a sore thumb. Her attempts at “banter” are cringe worthy and verge on “cutsey”. Why not bring in Amy Hawley, Lindsey Shivley or Cynthia Newsome and let this newbie be a field reporter for a few years? She has ruined one of the most solid, credible local news teams in Kansas City. Pity.

  13. Belle says:

    LOVED ELIZABETH
    Love KSHB. Loved Elizabeth Alex. This woman with the strange name can’t hope to replace her. I enjoy the Clegg/Dubill team.

  14. Sage says:

    JADIAN INTO HERSELF
    Seriously cannot stand watching Jadiann. She is so into herself and thinks she’s hotter than hot. I watched her videos from when she visited Thailand. I was shocked to hear her use a normal voice! Her reporter voice is so fake and overdone. Blah!

  15. Kevin says:

    WHEN IS BEAUTIFUL BAD?
    I think the last two posters couldn’t be more wrong. Jadiann was in Phoenix and our loss was KC’s gain. When was being beautiful a bad thing, especially when the person is genuine and very well spoken. My wife and I think that Jadiann is on the fast track and the sky is the limit for her. She has a great look and takes pride in her appearance and craft.

  16. Kearney says:

    GIVE OTHERS MORE TIME
    Mark Clegg is an empty suit whose every broadcast seems like an attempt to convince the audience that English is his second language. Jadiann only makes their broadcast worse. Her croaking Britney Spears impersonation is maddening and only serves to remind me of how immature she is. Please give Amy Hawley or Christa Dubill some more time on the desk. They are the only ones at KSHB who can consistently read a teleprompter without stumbling over every other word.

  17. Chris says:

    NOT A FAN
    I hate listening to her. Her speech is forced and affected.
    When she is on I turn it.

  18. George Kovats says:

    HAVE A LITTLE FUN
    In my opinion, Jadiann is a great addition to the team. She’s not only beautiful, but fresh, spontaneous, and often funny. I’m sick of these local news anchors who take themselves so seriously. Loosen up, have a little fun, be genuine. I think she’s all those things and has great potential. Excellent hire KSHB, she’s the only reason I watch the show. Sounds like I might have a crush on her, which I do a little, but that’s all part of the fun. Let’s face it, local news in general is a joke no matter what station you watch.

  19. Judy Johnston says:

    NO JADIANN!!
    Please, please, please, put somebody else on at 6:00 p.m. instead of Jadiann! Love the other team, but turn her off until Gary comes on at 6:17. Somebody told her she was cute and she believed it!

  20. Will Benton says:

    HORRIBLE
    Jadianne is horrible please get rid of her

  21. NOTE TO JADIANNE
    Hey Jadianne: Half your viewers (at least) are from Missouri and support Mizzou! The airport, Chiefs and Royals, and THE city is in Missouri. What an insult to all of us for you to say “Don’t kill the messenger” when you report Mizzou is ranked above KU. Abject sincere apology on air required.

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