August 28th, 2015

Karen Fuller, popular KCTV anchor who was let go in February after 12-years at the Meredith-owned station, has landed a new position in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

For Fuller  it will be a homecoming of sorts when she takes over duties as the main female anchor for weekday news at CBS affiliate KGAN-KFXA on September 8.  KGAN is part of the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The single mother of two had worked her way up the TV  ladder, starting work as a camera and teleprompter operator at small markets.

“Your readers have blown me away with their kindness and their perceptiveness about what went on at KCTV,” Fuller told Bottom Line.  “I’m happy to say that I have found a new station that has asked me to be their main female anchor.”

Though Fuller will be moving from the 31st largest TV market in the nation to Cedar Rapids, which is ranked 88th, she is looking forward to being in familiar surroundings.

“I graduated from Drake (University)  in Des Moines and my first job was in Mason City (at KIMT),” she says.  “Kansas City is home, but Iowa has been a big part of my life and career.  It’s like returning to a place that feels familiar.”

Fuller added that she is appreciative of the strong support she received from loyal viewers since her departure from KCTV.  Her story was featured on this site and the response was unprecedented.

“But again, my sincere thank you to each and everyone of your readers who took the time to respond to your nice article,” she noted. “I promised to tell you my plans first, and here they are.  I can make the announcement official!”


11 Responses

  1. The Word says:

    It’s a shame that Karen has to start over in a smaller market. But I guess that’s the nature of the modern news business. Fuller was fired and replaced for a younger model. Reporters like Dana Wright saw that writing on the wall but unlike Fuller, Wright bolted for radio before she was escorted out. Kind of makes you wonder who else in the KC media will get their over 40 pink slip next?

  2. DR. Ernest Evans says:

    Congratulations to Ms. Karen Fuller!! We miss you here in KC, but I am delighted that you have gotten a job elsewhere!! You are a wonderful journalist–the station in Iowa is most lucky to have you!! Sincerely, Respectfully and In Christ, Dr. Ernest Evans

  3. Matt says:

    No all of the Ladies are young other then Long,Ackerman I think.

  4. Tom Lawrence says:

    Karen Fuller deserves to have a good job. She is a very good News Anchor, and had obviously built a large following in Kansas City. But, as you, she, and I know, TV News is a strange business with even stranger management, and it’s often impossible to figure out why they do what they do.
    Tell her to call me if she needs a strong male anchor sitting next to her.

    • JohnLandsberg says:

      Tom Lawrence was a long-time anchor at a Kansas City television station.

      • David O'Connor says:

        Does Cedar Rapids get enough snow for Tom to teach skiing? All kidding aside, this pairing would be a powerhouse! WHO, WOI, IOWA CITY and the Quad cities stations better bulk up…the PRO team could be coming.

        Karen, best wishes for bushels of success; you bring integrity,skills and your creds stand on their own and do not need Tom.We miss your presence. Be Well.

  5. Karen Carson says:

    See, all Karen’s land on their feet. Way to go girl!

  6. Robert King says:

    Karen is doing well in Cedar Rapids,Iowa as the female anchor at KGAN and KFXA doing 3 broadcasts an evening. I usually watch the 9:00 PM version on KFXA. She is off to a great start!!

  7. Steve Calovich says:

    There is no rhyme or reason to explain the actions of media moguls. Ms Fuller was my favorite news anchor during her stay in Kansas City.

    The male anchors seem to be able to stay at a station as long as they want to. The female anchors, no matter how competent, are replaced for no reason that I can see. If it has something to do with age, the guys at the top need to wake up and realize that twenty somethings aren’t watching the news, they are too busy looking at their phones.

    Karen, best of wishes to you and yours!

  8. Cindy fletchall says:

    Visiting anamosa Iowa was happy to see Karen Fuller on your local 2 station. I am Kansas City Kansas and miss her on our news.

  9. Dee Morgan says:

    I don’t know why they let you go,but they let go of a very, very great anchor. I myself thought you were on vacation when I didn’t see you for awhile. Your replacement is what it is but she can’t touch your experience and personality. I wish you the best.

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