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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

KIAH 39's Hailey Frances leaves for main anchor gig

KIAH 39 is without an entertainment reporter right now. The former reporter to hold that spot has skipped out of the Bayou City.

Turns out Hailey Frances started a new main anchoring gig at Tribune owned WXMI Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan Monday.

"I am really excited about the opportunity to become a main anchor, and it was an opportunity to stay with a company that believes in who I am and what I have to offer," Frances told the blog. "10 p.m. here I come!"

While she wasn't in Houston for very long, Frances did make the most out of her time here.

"Houston was a whirlwind and a blast," she told me. "It was a career launching opportunity for me in a top market and one of the coolest cities in the U.S. I'm so lucky to have grown my skills there on-air."

I don't usually talk about TV talent agents, but I did notice that Frances is represented by Nancy Shafran of No Whining Talent. Why is that important? Shafran was news director of KPRC 2 from the late 1990s into the early 2000s. I did not know she was now a TV agent. Who better to negotiate with a news director than a former news director I guess.

Congrats Hailey.

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  1. That's a shame.
    She was the only reporter I looked forward to seeing on 39.
    Great features and entertainment beat style...
    Her fill-in hosting duties as anchor far surpassed Mia Gradney's, in my opinion.

  2. Besides Katishia Cosley, I am a fan of Hailey Frances. I made sure to offer her best wishes via Twitter. Best of luck to Hailey up in Michigan.


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