Phoenix Anchor Kris Pickel Out at KTVK-KPHO

By Kevin Eck 

Phoenix anchor and investigative journalist Kris Pickel is out at CBS affiliate KPHO-KTVK.

Pickel told Arizona Central, “It was called a business decision. They let me go.”

While Pickel said she would have been the “world’s worst reporter” if she hadn’t seen it coming, she also said it’s “a brutal part of the business.”


Pickel came to the Gray owned station in 2015 from WKYC in Cleveland. She’s also worked at KOLD in Tucson.

On social media, she said she isn’t sure “what the next step is” bu that she’ll always try to “make our world a better place through information.”

“I want to take a personal moment to say ‘thank you,'” she said. “Journalism matters and it remains my passion. However, as of this week, I am no longer with Arizona’s Family. I want to thank my former coworkers and everyone who has allowed me to share their lives, successes, and challenges.”

When asked about Pickel’s exit, Gray said it doesn’t comment on personnel matters.