Bakersfield Anchor Arrested for Spousal Battery

By Kevin Eck 

KBAK-KBFX anchor Kurt Rivera has been arrested on spousal battery charges, reports Bakersfield ABC affiliate KERO.

The station says Kern County deputies got a call from a woman screaming she was being assaulted. Once at the house, deputies found 50-year-old Rivera and 36-year-old Mindy Morrow.

Based on information and evidence deputies were able to determine both Rivera and Morrow had physically assaulted each other.


Morrow also reported that Rivera had damaged the alarm keypad to prevent her from calling law enforcement and refused to allow her to leave the home.

Rivera was arrested on charges of spousal battery, damaging a communication device to prevent a person from calling law enforcement for assistance and false imprisonment. While Morrow was arrested on charges of spousal battery.

The two sustained minor injuries.

KBAK news director Cristi Jessee told TVSpy, “We at KBAK take this matter very seriously, and hold our employees to a very high standard. We will be dealing with this internally as a personnel matter, and we’ll have no further comment at this time.”

Rivera has worked at KBAK since 2004. He anchors the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.