KPHO CBS 5 announced today the hiring of award winning journalist and news anchor Kris Pickel. Pickel will anchor CBS 5's evening newscasts alongside Sean McLaughlin starting in June.
Pickel comes to Arizona from Cleveland where she was most recently the main news anchor for the NBC affiliate in the market. Prior to Cleveland, Pickel worked as a main anchor in her hometown of Sacramento, Calif but is no stranger to Arizona. For almost ten years she was the main anchor at KOLD in Tucson. While there her investigation on riots and injuries that accompanied the University of Arizona's NCAA win led to procedural changes for police crowd control in the city.
“Kris is an amazing story teller,” said Ed Munson, Vice President and General Manager of CBS 5. “She has a unique ability to connect with people while telling their stories. This genuine passion for journalism shines through with Kris and is evidenced by her numerous accolades and awards.”
An Edward R. Murrow Award winner, Pickel started her career in news as a college intern. She has worked almost every job in a newsroom including editor, producer, assignment desk, reporter, and anchor.
Passionate about giving back to the community in which she lives, Pickel is excited about making Phoenix her home. “I believe the best anchors spend time out in the community and not just behind the desk,” said Pickel.
Kris and her husband, Carl Lemon, are proud parents of two boys, Clark and Bruce.
CBS 5 is owned by Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com), the leading media and marketing company serving American Women. Meredith Local Media Group owns or operates 15 broadcast stations in geographically diverse U.S. markets, reaching nearly 12 percent of U.S. households.