Alexa Conomos, who has been the morning traffic reporter for WFAA/Channel 8’s News 8 Daybreak since 2002, has been named the show’s new co-anchor, WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo announced this morning.
It should be a pretty seamless transition, as Conomos already has spent a lot of time on the anchor desk alongside co-anchor Ron Corning, especially since March, when former Daybreak co-anchor Cynthia Izaguirre was moved to the station’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts after longtime anchor Gloria Campos’ retirement.
“Alexa is a parent and relates to so many of our viewers trying to get children up, and out the door every morning,” Mungo said in a press release. “Her concerns are their concerns, and she brings a special warmth to the broadcast.”
Here’s an example of this from February, when Conomos had to take her daughter to work with her during an ice storm.
Conomos also has anchor experience from TXCN (Texas Cable News), and began her career in Palm Springs, Calif. She was part of our “Wakeup Callers” story about morning TV-news crews in 2012.
The station also announced that Carla Wade will be its new weekend-morning anchor, replacing Shon Gables, who exited the station this week. Wade’s background includes stations in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kentucky. She will also continue working as a reporter.
Both assignments will begin immediately.