Kansas Citians were stunned when they learned that popular KCTV anchor Karen Fuller was unceremoniously dumped in February after 12 years at the Meredith-owned station.
After all, Fuller had anchored weekday newscasts at the CBS affiliate for more than a decade and had become a fixture in KC households. A single mother of two, she had worked her way up the tough TV ladder starting by working a camera and teleprompter at smaller markets.
As KCTV has remained mum on her departure, Kansas City’s most-read blogger Tony Botello at tonyskansascity.com jumped on the news of her departure.
“It’s a tragic fact Kansas City fact that mainstream media newsie ladies don’t have a very long career lifespan,” he noted in a recent column.
Bottom Line Communications profiled Fuller in 2012 and it proved to be a hit with readers. We reached out to her regarding her departure and she graciously responded with class and dignity as she begins a new career as a media consultant:
“I can confirm that I was only working under one contract and not monthly extensions. I can also tell you that leaving was not my decision, and that I was not afforded an opportunity to say goodbye to the viewers. Beyond that will have to wait until a later date, and because of your compassion, you will be the first to hear from me. I really do appreciate your interest and look forward to speaking with you as soon as possible.
“As for the many wonderful viewers, may I say that it has been an honor to serve them over the past decade. The folks in our viewing area were so kind in accepting me, and watching me with such loyalty and dedication. I am forever grateful for having been invited into their homes each weekday night.”
One inside source told Bottom Line that it would not be surprising to see Rhiannon Ally step into Fuller’s anchor spot. However, another source has denied that is the case and says she may join her husband at KSHB, where he was recently named an anchor. Stay tuned…