LEZLIE STERLING / Bee file, 2012

Walt Gray

Walt Gray returns to TV news as News10 weekend anchor

Published: Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 - 8:32 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 11:06 am

Walt Gray, the longtime Channel 3 (KCRA) television newsman whose jump last fall to a Sacramento morning radio show was cut short by a round of layoffs at the radio station in July, is returning to TV news at Sacramento's Channel 10 (KXTV).

Gray will anchor News10's Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. newscasts and handle multiple journalistic chores that include breaking news, investigative pieces and features.

He will take over his new duties on Sept. 6.

"News10 is the station on the rise," Gray said. "I'm a critical viewer of local news, and Channel 10 has consistently impressed me with its newsgathering and unique and effective style. I want to be a part of that."

Gray made the announcement this morning as he prepared for the 11th annual Walt Gray Ride, a motorcycle rally that benefits Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada.

This year's ride winds its way from California State University, Sacramento, to Red Hawk Casino in Placerville, where festivities include a lunch, a raffle and a live concert.

Gray stunned many in the local media industry last September when he announced that he was leaving KCRA - where he reported on and anchored news and sports coverage for nearly a quarter century - to take a job with Sacramento radio station 96.9 FM (KSEG) - otherwise known as The Eagle, "Sacramento's classic rock" station.

On Oct. 22 last year, he began hosting a new morning weekday program, joined by Kat Maudru, a longtime KSEG morning show host.

On July 24, Gray said he was laid off from 96.9, one of several job cuts made by the station. Gray said the station and its parent, Entercom Communications Corp., were aiming to cut costs.

At the time, Gray said: "I would love to remain in broadcasting, certainly. Television has always been a favorite."

After leaving KSEG, Gray said he was approached by other local stations, but he said Channel 10, the local ABC TV affiliate, was "the best fit."

Gray is married to Monica Woods, chief meteorologist at KXTV and an employee there since 2001.

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