Joe Bartels Leaving KLAS, ‘Absolutely Heartbroken’ Over Layoffs

By Kevin Eck 

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Joe Bartels is leaving Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

Bartels told TVSpy he decided to leave about two months ago. But added, “The whispers around the newsroom and the direction things were going, I felt it was time to move on.”

Earlier today, TVSpy reported that Nexstar had laid off 18 people at KLAS, just a few months after taking over from former owner Landmark.

“I am absolutely heartbroken by what happened yesterday,” Bartels added. “So many true, passionate journalists were indiscriminately laid off.”

Bartels started at KLAS as a general assignment reporter in 2011.