Shelley Kurtz, who has been the primary anchor at Eugene, OR’s KVAL for nearly 30 years, has been cut loose at the CBS affiliate — according to a letter to the editor written by her husband and published in Sunday’s Eugene Register-Guard.
“I’m sorry the KVAL management no longer feels you are an asset to our community and is letting you go,” Ron Jack, Kurtz’s husband, wrote. “But at least on Sept. 15 both of us can sleep in until it’s time to wake our kids for school.”
Jack, who wrote the letter because he wanted “to say thank you to a woman who has provided me with my news for the past 29 years,” named the newscasts Kurtz has been a part of — 5 a.m., 6 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. — and said his wife has “done them all, and was there with that smile and that larger-than-life sense of enthusiasm.”
The Register-Guard attempted to confirm the departure with Kurtz and KVAL general manager Greg Raschio, but neither returned calls seeking comment Monday afternoon.