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Kris Pickel 2015 2There’s a new face at CBS 5.  Kris Pickel has joined Sean McLaughlin on the station’s evening newscasts, replacing Catherine Anaya, who left the station after a more than a dozen years.

Pickel was most recently the main news anchor at WKYC-TV (NBC) in Cleveland.  Prior to Cleveland, she worked as a main anchor in her hometown of Sacramento, Calif., but is no stranger to Arizona. For almost 10 years she was the main anchor at KOLD-TV in Tucson.  She’s also had stops in Reno, Nev., and Grand Junction, Colo.

Along the way, she’s racked up a prestigious Edward R Murrow Award and six Emmys, among others.

Kris, welcome back to the Grand Canyon State.  Time to share:

I am excited about calling Phoenix home!

Journalism has been a passion for me since the early 1990s. I started  in news as a college intern and have done just about every job in a newsroom including editor, producer, assignment desk, reporter, and anchor.

My goal has been to better your community and give a voice to people whose stories may otherwise go unheard. It's important to not just talk about what's happening in a community but to be a part of it. I believe the best anchors spend time out in the community and not just behind the desk.

I have had the opportunity to cover some amazing things throughout my career. I was the first female reporter on the West Coast to enter a boot camp program for jail inmates. Instead of the typical coverage, I entered the program as an inmate. Following riots and injuries that accompanied University of Arizona's NCAA win, my investigation helped lead to procedural changes for police crowd control. I’ve also been recognized for my work in riot coverage in Oakland, an investigation into efforts to identify the Zodiac Killer, consumer, feature and medical reporting, and human interest stories.

When I’m not working or involved in community activities, I enjoy spending time with my husband Carl Lemon, an international award winning photographer and avid comic book collector, and our two sons, Clark and Bruce.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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