Not long ago on Twitter, KFI AM 640 newscaster Aron Bender was singing the praises of Katherine Timpf, a one-time intern at the station making a big splash at Fox News with her exclusive coverage of some Facebook foolery. Today, a separate KFI-to-FOX success story continues.
Araksya Karapetyan (pictured), who started out during her college years interning at both KFI and KABC-TV, has been promoted to full-time anchor with the FOX 11 Morning News.* She joined the station last year as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor, where she had been contributing to the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts as well as Studio 11 LA.
The Newhouse School grad will anchor weekday newscasts from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. and again from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., as well as continue to contribute to Good Day LA. From today’s announcement:
“Araksya’s smart and in-depth reporting is matched by her exceptional commitment to the community,” said Kingsley Smith, FOX 11 vp and news director. “She has an extraordinary work ethic and has quickly made a name for herself in this area as a reporter who tells compelling stories about everyday people.”
Added Karapetyan: “Never have I thought of myself as a morning person – I used to go to bed at 1:45 a.m., not wake up at that time! But, when you have passion for what you do, you look forward to coming to work, even if it’s in the wee hours of the morning. I am beyond ecstatic for the journey ahead.”
Following her internships, Karapetyan worked for Torrance’s government access cable access channel CitiCABLE 3, KIDK-TV in Idaho Falls and KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon. A big congrats to her on this exciting new career chapter.
*Clarification – 05/16/13: Karapetyan has been filling in on the FOX 11 Morning News since Jean Martirez left last fall. Today’s announcement is the official confirmation of these ongoing duties. FishbowlLA apologizes for not making this context clearer in the original item above.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
FIRST LOOK: KTTV FOX 11 New Set