Numerous Familiar Faces at KVIA Gone
KVIA, El Paso's ABC affiliate, has seen several familiar faces leave the airwaves in the last couple of months. The most notable was former 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor Rick Cabrera.
After sitting alongside Estela Casas for the past 10 years, Cabrera left Channel 7 on June 1 "to start a new chapter" in his life with Hub International, an insurance brokerage. He wrote on Facebook that although he loved his nearly 19 years at KVIA, "it's time for me to take on a new challenge."
Rick initially made his plans to leave public exclusively on Mike and Tricia Mornings back in March. He said at the time the late hours left him little time with his children, and that he'd grown tired of it.
Although the most prominent departure, Cabrera hasn't been the only news person of late to bid ABC7 farewell. Let me bring you up to speed.
ABC7 Xtra host and 4 p.m. news anchor/reporter Stephanie Guadian stepped down at the end of May for family reasons. "I am taking a few months off to help my mother recover from surgery and spend time with my family," she posted on Facebook. "I have left the door open to come back to the station. We’ll see what happens."
After over four years of reporting, producing, and most recently anchoring the weekend newscasts, Ortegon left to Austin with her long-time boyfriend, who got himself a sweet gig with Texas Gas Service. Always up for a new adventure, word is Josie will pursue a television news job in the Austin area.
Writing on Facebook it was "something I needed to do to better my life," Weekend anchor Evan Folan is taking his pompadour to Los Angeles, but does not plan to stay in broadcast news. "I am getting out of the [news] business," he wrote on his social media platforms. "I’ll be pursuing a job in sales."
After moving here from Arizona 3 years ago to get her start in the news business, Good Morning El Paso Weekend co-anchor and reporter Jamie Warren is heading back to the Grand Canyon State. Warren wrote that she "accepted a job as a TV reporter in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona."