KTXL Names New Weekend Anchor, ‘Realigns’ Morning News

By Kevin Eck 

Nexstar’s Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL has named Eric Rucker (pictured) the station’s new weekend evening anchor.

The station also announced what it’s calling a “realignment” of its morning newscast, with the promotion of reporter Melanie Townsend to solo anchor at 4:30 a.m. show and co-anchor of the 5 and 9 a.m. newscasts. Richard Sharp will co-anchor from 5 to 9 a.m. and Mae Fesai will co-anchor from 6 to 10 am.

Rucker has been temporarily anchoring weekends for several months. His promotion takes effect immediately—and he’ll join weekend weather anchor Dennis Shanahan and weekend sports anchor Lindsey Pallares.


“We’re proud to now have Eric on the FOX40 anchor desk on the weekends, plus reporting during the week,” said KTXL vice president and general manager Scot Chastain. “Eric has proven himself regularly in so many capacities at FOX40—and his work as a terrific journalist and valued member of the news team speaks for itself.”

“Eric has done exceptional work time and time again, especially during breaking news, wildfires and storms. This is a well-deserved promotion,” said KTXL news director Ed Kosowski.

Rucker has also worked in Milwaukee and Bend, Ore., He is a native of Calaveras County, Calif., which is part of the Sacramento market.