Bud Elliott to leave KSEE anchor chair in May

FresnoApril 8, 2014 

News anchor Bud Elliott announced Monday that he's retiring after 23 years with KSEE24. His last day as anchor for the local NBC affiliate's newscasts is scheduled for May 23.

"I've been honored to deliver the news to Central Valley viewers for more than two decades. My career with KSEE24 has given me the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people," Elliott says in a statement announcing his retirement. "Now, I'm looking forward to spending quality time with my family, including a brand new grandson in Sacramento, and focusing on some recently discovered health issues."

No details were immediately available on the health issues Elliott faces.

Elliott's time with KSEE (Channel 24.1) has not been continuous. His contract ended at KSEE in December 2007. Before that, he had spent 14 years at KSEE as the evening anchor before moving to the morning newscasts, which he co-anchored with Faith Sidlow for seven years. He returned to KSEE in March 2012 as a co-anchor of the morning show but was moved a few months later to the evening news anchor chair he held for so many years.

In his career, Elliott has earned numerous awards for excellence in journalism, including an Emmy.

"Central Valley viewers, as well as those of us who have had the pleasure of working with him, have all benefited from Bud's talent and dedication," Matthew Rosenfeld, vice president and general manager, says in a news release. "I know he is looking forward to retirement and the additional time he'll have to spend with his family."

Before coming to Fresno, Elliott was the main news anchor at the ABC affiliate in Richmond, Va.

Top honors

Sanger native Karolina Sivas was named the Best Lead Actress in the soap opera category at the International Los Angeles Web Series Festival held last week. She picked up the award for her work in her online series "Broken At Love," which can be seen at www.youtube.com/BrokenAtLove.

"Broken At Love" is the story of college senior Vivienne "Vivie" Taylor (Sivas), who gets to meet her celebrity crush, professional tennis player Holden Gregory. Sivas wrote, produced, directed and starred in the series.

Not only did Sivas win the acting honor, she also won for Best Writing. Former "Days of Our Lives" and "Loving" actress Pamela Bowen was named Best Supporting Actress for her work in the series.

Reminder

Don't forget that "The Annual ValleyPBS Spring Auction" will continue through April 30 at www.valleypbs.org/auction. To participate, go to the website to register and then bid.

This year's deals include hotel stays in Las Vegas, the Bay Area, Central Coast and other destinations; dining at the Habit Burger and Fleming's Steakhouse; tickets for Disneyland, Great America, "Sesame Street LIVE"; and discounts on services.

ValleyPBS relies heavily on these auctions because 80% of the funding for KVPT (Channel 18.1) comes from such events.

On the road

Oprah Winfrey and a team of special guests will go on an eight-city arena tour starting in September. The closest the tour will come to Fresno is the Nov. 14-15 event at the California SAP Center in San Jose.

Tickets went on sale to the general public April 7 at www.oprah.com/tour. Tickets for the weekend event start at $99. In addition, VIP experience, concierge and gift bag opportunities will be available in each city depending on ticket level.

"Talent" time

NBC's "America's Got Talent" will hold season nine judges' auditions April 21-26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Those who get enough positive reactions from judges Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howard Stern will move on to compete during this summer's live shows. "America's Got Talent" premieres at 8 p.m. May 27 on NBC (KSEE, Channel 24.1).

For taping times and ticket information, go to www.nbc.com/tickets.

 

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com.

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