Kansas City Station Welcomes Familiar Face as New Anchor

By Kevin Eck 

Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB is welcoming back its new anchor Mike Marusarz.

Early in his career, Marusarz worked a the station as an intern, a reporter and a weekend morning anchor. The Kansas City Star reports, Marusarz is no stranger to Kansas City.

Marusarz, 32, is a hometown boy: He graduated from North Kansas City High School and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (in 2004). For one 10-month period he worked 3 a.m. to noon as a freelance reporter for KSHB, then drove to WIBW-TV in Topeka for a nightside reporter shift.

At 21, he was anchoring weekend news at WIBW.

He left KSHB in early 2010 to follow his wife, Rhiannon Ally, to New York. Ally, a former reporter for KCTV-5 who grew up in Raytown, had landed a correspondent gig on the national TV show “Better.” (Meredith Corp. owns both “Better” and KCTV.)

An eagle eyed tipster told TVSpy, the station initially welcomed Marusarz with a tweet that got his newscasts wrong. The original tweet had him anchoring the 5, 6, and 11:00 p.m. He’ll actually work the 5,6, and 10:00 p.m.

The station deleted the wrong one and tweeted again.

Marusarz comes to KSHB from WSVN in Miami. He’s also worked as a correspondent for ABC News and fill-in anchor for ABC’s overnight broadcasts “World News Now” and “America This Morning.”

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