After Lay Off, Anchor Returns to Her Hometown Station

By Andrew Gauthier 


Jeanette Trompeter, a popular anchor in Minneapolis-St. Paul who was laid off by CBS-affiliate WCCO in March, is set to return to the California station where she started her broadcasting career.

Beginning in January 2010, Trompeter will be in the anchor chair for KSBY in San Luis Obispo. “We are thrilled to have a journalist of Jeanette’s caliber rejoin the team at KSBY,” said KSBY News Director Dave Schermer in making the announcement. On her personal blog, Trompeter wrote, “I can’t believe it’s really happening. It’s always been a quiet longing, but now it’s really happening. I’m coming home to the Central Coast of California.”

Trompeter had been with WCCO since 2005 before being laid off in a budget cutting measure mandated by CBS. The move caused a bit of controversy locally as Trompeter was a popular figure in the Twin Cities. The public distaste for the move was further validated when Trompeter won a regional Emmy award this summer.

“I’ve always dreamed of coming home to the station where I got my start. There’s no place in the country like the Central Coast,” Trompeter said in a KSBY news release. She worked as a newscast producer and general assignment report for KSBY after graduating from college at nearby Cal Poly. She will anchor the 5, 6, and 11pm newscasts.