Dawn Scott to Leave KTHV

by Lance Turner  on Friday, Mar. 29, 2002 4:31 pm  

Dawn Scott, part of the anchor team of the Little Rock market's No. 1-rated newscast at 10 p.m., will leave KTHV-TV, Channel 11, in the summer, the station said Friday.

Scott married Scott Jones earlier this year. Jones is moving to Seattle to enter the medical residency program at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Scott is going with him.

In a statement released late Friday, KTHV president and general manager Susan Freeman (formerly Newkirk) said Scott's departure "deeply saddens us since she has been such an integral part of the Today's THV family."

David Craft, KTHV's director of promotions, said the station is looking for an anchor to take Scott's place.

Scott will leave the Gannett Co.-owned CBS affiliate just as it begins to invade rival KATV-TV, Channel 7's territory as the market's No. 1 station. In the latest ratings from Nielsen Media Research, KTHV had the No. 1 newscast at 10 p.m. weekdays, the No. 1 morning show at 6 a.m. weekdays and was a solid No. 2 station at 5 and 6 p.m.

KTHV's news team is among the reasons for the station's success, media watchers say.


Scott joined KTHV as a reporter in 1995. She was promoted to anchor the 10 p.m. weekday newscast in June 1997. She now anchors the 5 and 10 p.m. newscast with Andy Pearson.

Scott graduated from Hall High School in Little Rock in 1989 and attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in speech and political science in 1993.

In September 1993, Scott's television career began in Sioux City, Iowa, where she worked as a weekend anchor and reporter.

Scott was named Arkansas' Best Female Anchor in the 2001 Arkansas Times Reader's Poll and 2001 Best News Anchor by readers of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Scott also won a second place Arkansas Associated Press Award in 2000 for her documentary on Cosmopolitan Magazine's Helen Gurley Brown. She is the winner of a first place Associated Press Award for a six-part series on teen smoking. In 1999, she won two first place Arkansas Associated Press awards for non-spot news and sports reporting.

"All of us at Today's THV along with our viewers will miss her greatly and wish her the best of luck for her future," Freeman said.



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