Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Where is Fox 26 KRIV's Chris Stipes?

Fox 26 KRIV's Chris Stipes has been off the air for weeks with a cleaned off desk - what's the deal?

Chris Stipes
Chris Stipes
Where has Fox 26 KRIV morning anchor Chris Stipes been? First his co-anchor Natalie Bomke takes off to WFLD Chicago and now Stipes is gone too.

Well, the answer is Stipes has been on paternity leave after he and co-anchor in life wife, KTRK abc13 anchor Elissa Rivas, had a baby. Therefore he is missing most of November sweeps. He has also grown a beard.

In the meantime, Stipes and Bomke's anchor chairs have been both filled by Fox 26's capable weekend anchor Rita Garcia.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, emails have been coming to me saying Stipes has cleared out his desk which has people talking.

"Yes indeed, I did clear out my desk because I hadn't really cleaned it in about seven years," Stipes told mikemcguff.com. "I wanted it to be nice and spotless when I return from paternity leave several weeks from now!"

Fox Television Stations also tells me Stipes is on the schedule to return in a few weeks.



11 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the baby! I think Rita is doing a good job.

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  2. They do not have anyone worth watching since Natalie bombke left. Rita is okay but cannot get pass the speech impediment. Natalie's biography is still on the webpage. The station is a joke and has been for several years. Why are people leaving. I watch 2 anyways.

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    1. Drew - I can't get "pass" your lack of writing ability. If you watch 2 anyways, how do you know that the station is a joke and has been for several years? Fox 26 in the only local newcast form 7am to 10am during the week and I would much rather watch their local coverge than the network shows on 2, 11 and 13.

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    2. Drew is either a stalker or a worm burper who gets off on 2's unattractive women.

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  3. Jake went to Chicago as well.

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  4. Ok, ANONYMOUS posters, who's the stalker. I don't go by attractiveness on the news. I go by content. I watched 26 enough over the years to know which is why I watch the 2 and the others. People who post under ANONYMOUS are either the person mentioned in the post trying to make themselves look and sound better than they are or stalkers themselves. I choose the latter. Waiting on a response from other ANOMYMOUS POSTERS #irrelevant

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  5. Some folks like 2...some like 26. What difference does it make? Its all the same crap just served up by different "personalities." If you want news, look beyond the boob tube.

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  6. It would benefit Fox if he didn't return.

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  7. Indeed There's not benefit to working at FOX 26 news.

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  8. It was great to see Chris back on the news this a.m. And I agree, rita's been doing a great job.
    So - do all dad's get paid paternity leave now??

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