Longtime ABC Channel 10 news anchors and veteran journalists Cristina Mendonsa and Dale Schornack will not have their contracts renewed by the TV station when they expire, The Bee has learned.
“I can confirm that Dale and I have been given notification, and I have Dale’s permission to confirm that, but I can’t say a lot,” Mendonsa said Thursday. “I need at least a couple of weeks to figure things out.”
Mendonsa would not say when their contracts will expire, or when the two officially will leave the station.
Mendonsa has been at Channel 10 (formerly KXTV News10) for 21 years and Schornack for 19 years. They have co-anchored the evening news segments for most of that time and have been familiar faces in many Sacramento homes.
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Phone calls to ABC Channel 10, seeking more information, have not yet been returned.
According to the TV station’s website, Mendonsa won “Edward R. Murrow awards and Emmy awards for her reporting” while there. Prior to working at Channel 10, she reported and anchored in the Denver market. She has a master’s degree in communications and leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from Sacramento State University. She graduated from Del Campo High School. She is writing on a book on the evolution of the media.
Mendonsa has been the onstage moderator for the Sacramento Speakers Series for its past three seasons, interviewing “Wild” author Cheryl Strayed on Wednesday night to close the 2016-17 season. The series brings top-tier professionals from the arts and sciences to speak and answer questions at the Community Center Theater.
In his career, Schornack has covered major events such as Princess Diana’s funeral, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Los Angeles riots, Hurricane Andrew and Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf, the station’s website said. Before arriving at Channel 10, he worked as a TV news anchor and reporter in the Seattle, Dallas and Phoenix markets. He has a bachelor of science degree in journalism and sociology from South Dakota State University.