News director Doug Barden is leaving Nexstar-owned Lafayette, La. NBC and Fox affiliate KADN-KLAF.
Barden told staff in an email last week he’s moving to California to pursue a new business venture he’s very excited about.
“It was a dream come true and the highlight of my news career to be able to start a newsroom from scratch and fill it with the most talented and passionate group I have ever worked with,” said Barden. “I should know since I got to pick you all.”
Barden worked at KSBY in San Luis Obispo, Calif. before coming to KADN-KLAF in January 2016 where he launched the station’s newscast. He’s worked as assistant news director at KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah and Reno’s KRNV before becoming news director at KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield, Calif. in 2008.
His last day is Wednesday, December 14.