Two former Arkansas newscasters are on their way back to the state, coming as a package deal to KARK-TV, Channel 4 in Little Rock.
The NBC affiliate, owned by Nexstar Broadcasting, on Monday announced the hiring of Tyler Thomason and Rebecca Jeffrey from KMID-TV and KPEJ-TV in Midland, Texas. Thomason and Jeffrey, who are married, met and worked together at KNWA-TV in Fayetteville, and Thomason has a historical connection with Channel 4 and central Arkansas.
His grandfather Bill Thomason once worked for the station, and he grew up in Sherwood before going to get his degree at Oklahoma State University.
"My parents live in Cabot and other relatives live in the capital city," Tyler Thomason said in a statement. "I care about these communities and want to do what I can to keep them informed."
Before going to Midland, where he was the main anchor of the ABC affiliate for two years before spending 16 months as news director, Thomason worked at KSAN-TV in San Angelo, Texas. Jeffrey spent three years as the morning anchor at KMID, and before that worked at KNWA and then KWKT-TV in Waco, Texas. In Fayetteville, she helped cover the death of Lowell Police Chief Joe Landers, who was killed by a drunken driver, and the 2014 Honor Flight to Washington. She belongs to the Association of Health Care Journalists and is a graduate of Texas Christian University.
She said in a news release that she is thrilled. "I look forward to honing skills KARK/FOX 16 have become known for: delivering the news you want, in a way you want it."
KARK News Director Austin Kellerman described Thomason and Jeffrey as "dynamic journalists" who have been with Nexstar for the past five years. "I'm confident they'll thrive in our newsroom and immediately make an impact working for viewers in Central Arkansas. They know Arkansas and know how to serve its people."
The two will start in Little Rock next month.
"Rebecca and I are ecstatic about this opportunity and cannot wait to get started," Thomason said. "She may be a Texas girl, but she already knows how to call the Hogs! I'm thrilled that we will be able to work together with so many friends and family members nearby."