Friday, June 01, 2012

KIAH 39's Mia Gradney exits the Tribune station

Mia Gradney
One of the last remaining on-air elements from KIAH 39's former newscast is no longer with the station. Former 39 News anchor Mia Gradney tells me she has left the station.

“For the past twelve years, I’ve been blessed with wonderful opportunities and achievements at CW 39," Gradney told mikemcguff.com. "It’s been quite the professional journey but it’s time for me to move on.“

Since the ending of KIAH's old news and the debut of NewsFix, Gradney has been anchoring Houston cut-ins on Tribune's syndicated Eye Opener show. Until a few months ago, Gradney was also apart of the show which originates from KDAF 33 in Dallas.

KIAH-TV’s vice president and general manager Roger Bare told me, the station is now re-branding those Eye Opener local cut-ins.

"We're re-branding the local news segments in Eye Opener as NewsFix Morning," Bare revealed.

The award-winning Gradney is a native Houstonian who returned home in 2000 to launch the last incarnation of 39's traditional news. She started as a reporter and was eventually promoted to the solo main anchor.

Gradney started in television behind the scenes at KTRK 13. She later became a reporter/anchor at KBMT in Beaumont before returning to Houston.

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This post has been updated with Gradney's comment.

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