Jane McCarthy to join KREM 2 News anchor team

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 15 at 8:01 PM

SPOKANE – Jane McCarthy has been named co-anchor of KREM 2 News, KREM Executive News Director Noah Cooper announced today. 

McCarthy will join KREM 2 anchor Randy Shaw, meteorologist Tom Sherry and sports anchor Tim Lewis in February for Monday through Friday evening newscasts.

“As a native Washingtonian, Jane brings a depth of Northwest experience to KREM 2 News,” Cooper said. “She may also be a familiar face to many of our viewers, having filed many breaking stories from Seattle where she was a reporter and anchor for our sister station, KING 5.  Most recently she was one of the first to report on the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, and filed several stories exclusive to KREM 2 News.” 


“I feel honored to be joining KREM 2 and working alongside Randy, Tom, and Tim,” McCarthy said. “I’ve spent time covering stories throughout the west, and KREM’s high standards of journalism and community commitment are well known.  I’m very excited to be part of the team.” 


“KREM 2 News is known for the quality of its journalism, the dedication of its staff and the many KREM Cares projects that give back to the community,” said Jamie Aitken, KREM president and general manager.  “In addition to great anchor skills, we looked for someone who genuinely cares about the community and practices journalism that makes this a better place to live.  Jane brings all of those things, and we’re excited to have her join the KREM 2 News team.” 


In addition to the recent killings of the Lakewood police officers, McCarthy has covered a wide range of stories receiving local and national attention, and has been a contributor to CNN.  She has covered Washington politics extensively and was named Reporter of the Year by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for her work on crime prevention and public safety.  Previous to KING 5, McCarthy was a reporter and anchor in Sacramento where she covered the inauguration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and anchored ongoing coverage of the disappearance of Laci Peterson.


“Jane has a strong track record of gathering and reporting stories that keep viewers safe, informed and connected to the community,” said Cooper.  “We are very excited to welcome such a talented journalist so committed to the longstanding legacy of KREM 2 News.”


In addition to news coverage, McCarthy spends much of her time in community service, participating in local charitable events and emceeing fundraisers to raise money for critical causes.


“The success of KREM’s charitable initiatives – the Big Dig, the amazing Tom’s Turkey Drive, the Tree of Sharing – has everything to do with the spirit of a tremendous community. From the time I’ve spent with friends and family in Spokane and North Idaho, that sense of outreach and support is inspiring,” McCarthy said.  “I’m really looking forward to helping those efforts any way I can.”


Previous to her work at KING5 News, McCarthy reported and anchored for KXTV in Sacramento, KTVN in Reno and KCBY in Coos Bay.  Born in Tacoma, she is a graduate of the University of Washington. 


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