KNBC Names Reporter, Weekend Anchors
Robert Kovacik, reporter and interim solo anchor of weekend newscasts at NBC-owned KNBC Los Angeles, and former CNN Business News correspondent Stephanie Elam will anchor the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts. In addition to their anchor duties, Kovacik and Elam will also serve as general assignment reporters for the station.
In addition, the station has also hired Antonio Castelan as a general assignment reporter. Castelan joins the station from San Diego CW affiliate XETV where he has been a reporter since October 2007.
Prior to joining KNBC, Kovacik was the West Coast correspondent and anchor for National Geographic Today, the nightly news program that aired around the world on the National Geographic Channel.
Before that, he was an anchor and reporter for KCOP Los Angeles for six years. He’s a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Elam is a former CNN business news correspondent whose reports were seen on CNN, HLN and CNN International. After graduating from Howard University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Elam began her career in New York as a copy editor for Dow Jones.
Her resume also includes reporting for the PBS program Nightly Business Report and, for WebFN, a streaming financial news site. Elam also co-hosted Black Enterprise Report, a nationally syndicated program focused on business, career and financial education.
Prior to his work with San Diego 6, Castelan was a senior investigative reporter and anchor for KRGV Brownsville, Texas. During his tenure there, he won a national Edward R. Murrow Award in 2007 for his coverage of U.S./Mexico border issues that included interviews with two members of a drug cartel known as the “Zetas” which Castelan conducted in Spanish.
Castelan began his career in television news as a photographer/live truck operator at KRGV. He then moved to KOAA Colorado Springs as a video journalist and, in 2001, landed a job as a senior reporter at Time Warner Cable’s News 8 Austin in Austin, Texas.
He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor