Grand Rapids, Mich. – WZZM 13, the Grand Rapids ABC affiliate owned by Gannett, will say goodbye to an old friend this month: 5:30pm News Anchor and 13 On Your Side Reporter Kim Covington. She has accepted a position as weekend anchor at KPNX-TV, the Gannett-owned NBC station in Phoenix. Her final broadcast with WZZM 13 will be January 21.
Covington has co-anchored the 5:30pm news on WZZM 13 since 1998. She also is known for her “Try It Before You Buy It” and “Super Savers” segments, the first of which earned her an Emmy in 2002.
In addition to her duties at WZZM 13, Covington has been active in the community, helping to further family and children causes, and has served on the board of the Multiracial Association of Professionals.
She and her husband Derrick have a seven-month-old son named Jordan.
“It’s difficult to say goodbye to family,” Covington said. “The people at WZZM 13 have been my family for seven years. I will miss them and this awesome working environment. Grand Rapids is where my husband and I met, where we had a wonderful baby, and where I grew as an anchor. I’ll be crying for the next two weeks, but I leave with such fond memories.”
“Kim Covington brought not only an intelligence to her newscasts but also a friendliness that was undoubtedly felt by viewers, making her an unforgettable personality,” said WZZM 13 General Manager and President Janet Mason. “Kim’s presence at WZZM 13 will be missed. We are sad to see her go, but we also are very happy for her and her new opportunity.”
WZZM 13 6pm and 11pm News Anchor Juliet Dragos will co-anchor the 5:30pm news, while Morning/Noon News Anchor Lauren Stanton and Morning/Noon News Anchor Derek Francis will report on “Try It Before You Buy It” and “Super Savers” stories, respectively.
For additional information, please call WZZM 13 News Director Tim Geraghty at 616-559-1411.
Gannett TV stations are: W*USA, Washington, DC; WXIA, Atlanta; WTSP, Tampa-St. Petersburg; KARE, Minneapolis; WKYC, Cleveland; KPNX, Phoenix and KNAZ, Flagstaff; K*USA, Denver; KXTV, Sacramento; KSDK, St. Louis; WZZM, Grand Rapids, MI; WGRZ, Buffalo, NY; WFMY, Greensboro, NC; WTLV and WJXX, Jacksonville, FL; KTHV, Little Rock; WBIR, Knoxville, TN; WCSH, Portland, ME; WLTX, Columbia, SC; WMAZ, Macon, GA; and WLBZ, Bangor, ME.
In addition to its television operations, Gannett Co., Inc. publishes 101 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns more than 600 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including USATODAY.com, one of the most popular news sites on the web.
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