Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports Kris Gutierrez, morning anchor at CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago, is leaving the station. Gutierrez has been at WBBM since 2012, anchoring most recently alongside Erin Kennedy. Of the departure, a CBS spokesperson told Feder simply “we wish him well.”
Gutierrez is moving back to Texas, where he was a Dallas-based correspondent for Fox News before joining CBS 2 in March 2012. Gutierrez did not respond to a request for comment.
His hiring here culminated an eight-month search to replace Steve Bartelstein, who left as morning news anchor in July 2011. It took the station a full year to hire Kennedy as successor to Susan Carlson, who exited in May 2013.