Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Steepleton Surfaces!

On his first day back to work after being stripped of his associate editor title, what did the News-Press' Scott Steepleton do? David Pritchett tells me that Steepleton was seen with notepad in hand at the Goleta City Council meeting Tuesday.

Now that he's no longer the top editor of the paper, he can't assign himself to cover stories where there's a buffet table in the room.

Actually, he is an improvement over the last reporter the paper sent out to Goleta. That reporter erroneously identified the Goleta West Sanitary District as a "privately owned sanitation company."

At least Steepleton knows the difference between a "blue plate special" and a special district.

And Steepleton isn't the only member of the local media who is "on the move."

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Former News-Presser Rob Kuznia, who most recently wrote for Noozhawk, has left the online publication in order to accept a full-time position at Hispanic Business Magazine.

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Over at KEYT, reporter Arti Nehru's last day at the station was one week ago today. Nehru had been at Channel 3 about a year and a half. She departed with time still left on her contract. Arti left to return to the L.A. area.

(And as far as I can determine, Travis Armstrong hasn't yet demanded an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her departure.)

Former KEYT reporter Regina Ruiz is back in town after a stint in Las Vegas. If she happened in Vegas she didn't stay there.

KEYT recently won Golden Mike Awards for best 30 minute newscast (11 pm) and best 60 minute newscast (6 pm).

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For those of you who have been wondering what happened to Evelyn Taft, the former KCOY/KKFX weekend weather reporter is now doing the weather for KRON in San Francisco.

Sara Cole, from KCOY, is coming to Santa Barbara in order to give the Santa Maria station more of a presence here.

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And finally, here's an item I missed, while I was busy covering the Film Fest.

International cockfighting ring broken up in Nipomo!

It figures, the only time you hear the words "international" and "Nipomo" used in the same sentence, it involves a cockfighting ring.
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