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Jeanette Trompeter returns home to California station

Jeanette Trompeter, the popular WCCO anchor laid off in a cost-cutting move in March, will return to a former California station to resume her career.

Beginning Jan. 4, Trompeter will anchor the KSBY "Action News" in San Luis Obispo, which she acknowledges is "a relatively small market." Professionally, that's a step down, but when your severance is running out, what are you going to do? While she says she "won't get rich," Trompeter says she's looking forward to hanging with her parents and family, who still live there.

I've never been much interested in the TV cult of personality, but I have to admit, I found Jeanette charming as heck. Fans might be interested in her ruminations, which can be found here.

On her blog, she's been pretty frank about the sadness she's fought through since losing the WCCO gig, something many in the profession have experienced lately.

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Comments (3)

I found her to be a genuinely nice, down-to-earth person off camera. Glad to hear she has a new job.

With the budget axe chopping away at that next generation of journalists and all at every media sources or station a strange thought has surfaced. I wonder what the old WCCO sage, Dave Moore, would say about Jeannette Trompeter's and others departure from WCCO?

Is the Fourth Estate, in Jeffersonian terms, disappearing into cyberspace and the incessant blogosphere ether?

Jeannette Trompeter may have been the poster image for next era in broadcast journalism's evolution. She wasn't just a pretty face who just read the news, but, a person who had smarts and people skills that could get and tell the story. With time and experiential seasoning she could be an anchor at any major station.

Our loss is KSBY's[CA] gain. Hope she has fun being home and doing what she loves!

WCCO blew it when they let Jennette Trompeter go. I now longer watch their newscast. Leah McLean on channel-5 is equally as charming and engaging. One might as well stick with channel-5, locally owned and not as likely to pull saw a stupid stunt. Good luck to you, Jennette.