The ascension of Vanessa Amezquita as a local media star continues. The former school teacher in Tracy-turned-Web drone at Channel 13-turned-on-air talent now has reached "reporter" status. So all of those callers and e-mailers who rave about Amezquita to Media Savvy will be happy to know that they'll be seeing more of her both on Channel 13's news and on "Good Day Sacramento" on sister station Channel 31.
"She's exactly the demographic we're trying to draw," says news director Steve Charlier. "We're trying to get young people to go to our Web site and we'll develop her presence over time."
Check out Amezquita's bio on Channel 13's Web site.
Meanwhile, the revolving door at Channel 13 continues. Only this time, people are coming in the door, not going out.
The station has made two new hires in the past week - Steve Large, a general assignment reporter who formerly was an anchor in Santa Maria; and Annie Hong as a weekend news anchor. Hong, formerly of the CBS station in Fresno, replaces Patti Lee, who left the station three months ago.