KIII Names Barbi Leo As Morning Co-Anchor
Tegna-owned ABC affiliate KIII Corpus Christi, Texas (DMA 128), has hired Barbi Leo as co-anchor of 3News First Edition with John-Thomas Kobos and meteorologist Alan Holt.
“We know people across South Texas have been eagerly awaiting news of Barbi’s next move since she announced she would be leaving KSAB Radio after 21 years,” Nia Towne, KIII news director, said. “We are thrilled to let everyone know Barbi will still be there to help them get a jump start to their day and that she will be doing it with KIII 3News.”
When Leo signed off from KSAB-FM Corpus Christi for the last time on Dec. 31, she said: “We have shared special moments, laughs, tears and every emotion in between on air and off. Thank you so much for your trust. I appreciate you being with me every step of the way. Thank you for helping me grow into the career mom I am today. Thank you for your advice and for always treating me like family.”
Leo is no stranger to KIII’s viewers. She has been a part of the KIII family for the last 14 years as the co-host of Domingo Live. “Barbi is bold and authentic, people see that and are drawn to her,” Towne said.
“I am ecstatic about joining KIII. It feels like home. I am looking forward to starting my day with the community that has embraced me with open arms and that I have come to know and love,” Leo said.
Leo is a born and raised South Texan. She attended Texas A&M University Corpus Christi where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and a minor in communications in 1998. Immediately after that, she joined KSAB- FM as a morning show personality, as well as, head of promotions and public relations for the station.