Diaz Leaving KCBS, Garcia To Replace Her At 6

Laura Diaz, anchor at CBS Los Angeles O&O KCBS, announced today that she will be leaving the station after nine years to produce projects under her own banner. Rick Garcia, currently the co-anchor of co-owned KCAL’s 8 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will replace her at the 6 p.m.

A Southern California native and first-generation Mexican-American, Diaz has served as solo anchor of the weekday editions of CBS 2 News at 6 p.m. since April 2010. In addition, she has produced and hosted a series of Eye on Our Community specials for the station, including a half hour on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that will air this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and serve as her final broadcast as a KCBS anchor.

In 1997, Diaz became part of Southern California television history when she was named lead anchor for KABC’s 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts — a promotion that made her the first Hispanic to hold such a position at a Los Angeles television station, according to KCBS.

In September 2002, Diaz joined KCBS as lead anchor.  She was a member of the 11 p.m. news team that delivered a first-place finish in the May 2006 sweep — the station’s first late-news victory in a major non-Olympic sweep month since the 1960s.

Garcia joined KCAL in 2009 after 22 years with KTTV Los Angeles. He will continue to co-anchor KCAL’s 8 and 10 p.m. newscasts in addition to his new role as 6 p.m. anchor for KCBS.

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len Kubas says:

September 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

So, KMEX (Spanish-language) never had a “Hispanic” anchor and none of the many other Spanish-language television stations in the market, before KABC-TV (per KCBS) hired Ms. Diaz? I guess they meant to say that she was the first Hispanic hired to anchor a news broadcast that (mostly) white folks, and (us) elites watch. KMEX’s anchor circa 1969 (then the largest Spanish-language station in the U.S.) was Reuben Salazar, but I don’t think he was the first Hispanic to anchor news at that station. Race-centric turkeys looking for a news peg.