KLFY anchor and investigative reporter Chuck Huebner is no longer with the Lafayette, LA, CBS affiliate.
The station’s GM Kenny Lawrence confirmed Huebner no longer worked at KLFY, but wouldn’t say why he left.
Lafayette’s The IND Monthly reports Huebner was fired on Monday.
One source tells The IND Huebner’s departure was “a cumulative thing,” citing long-running tensions between the veteran newsman and management as well as between Huebner and fellow news staffers.
Some IND readers will recall a 2009 month-long hiatus by Huebner — an absence that was characterized as an extended “family leave,” although media insiders throughout the market were aware of Huebner’s sometimes combative approach to in-house personnel issues. A savvy investigative reporter — “they never should have put him on the news desk [as an anchor],” one insider says, citing Huebner’s considerable skills as an investigative reporter who drew on well-cultivated sources — Huebner was said to be frustrated with the lack of experience among staffers in the news department and with the station’s general decline in ratings.
Huebner’s LinkedIn bio says he’s been working at KLFY since 1984.