Reporter Clayton Clark is leaving FOX 26 to become the senior communication specialist for Saint Agnes Hospital. His last day reporting for the local television station's morning program "Great Day" will be Aug. 29. He starts his new job Sept. 8.
Clark has been looking for a different job since learning a year ago that his wife, Courtney, was pregnant. He was determined to find a job where he could be with his wife and their infant daughter, Cali.
"It's been an amazing ride, but things happen in our lives to change our priorities. We were waiting for a really good opportunity and this job came up. The job at 'Great Day' has been great but my wife and daughter are my priority," Clark says.
Clark has been with KMPH (Channel 26.1) for 5 1/2 years. He has fond memories of many of the stories he covered — from flying an airplane to being tackled by Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter. He called to talk about the job change this week during a break from reporting on the fires in Oakhurst.
Clark has only words of praise for the KMPH staff and local viewers who made joining the morning team so easy.
"I want to give a big thanks to everyone," Clark says. "I won't be with the station anymore, but I will probably be popping up occasionally as a spokesperson for the hospital on local TV."
Clark becomes the third TV personality this month to take a public relations job at a local hospital. Previously, Zara Arboleda and Matt Otstot left KSEE24 and CBS47 to join the public relations staff and Children's Hospital Central California.
Arboleda's life was so hectic as she made the switch to PR that there wasn't much chance for her to talk about leaving TV.
She finally got a break and says: "It was not an easy decision to leave a career that I have loved — and excelled in — for more than two decades. I spent almost 17 years at both KSEE24 and CBS47. And I thank the viewers. But I got a chance at my dream job, so I grabbed it. I feel blessed to now represent an amazing group of doctors, nurses and staff members who have helped so many children, including one of mine."
She added that getting to work with Otstot is a bonus.
A wider search
Two Tulare County teens will be profiled nationally for the next three months on the "Missing Kids" site available through Comcast's On Demand service and at www.xfinitytv.comcast.net/microsites/missingkids. The initiative is in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
The two missing persons on the site are Llamilett Zavala of Earlimart and Olivia Rios of Visalia. Both have been missing since April.
"Missing Kids" On Demand features 20 video profiles chronicling missing child cases from across the nation. Each video provides relevant details about the child's case, including the name of the missing child, city of the disappearance, possible whereabouts, likely abductors and photos.
Fresno's Jamie Melchor will be one of the 18 competitors on the reality competition show "Nail'd It," premiering at 9 p.m. Oct. 7 on Oxygen.
The contest pits up-and-coming nail artists against one another for a grand prize of $100,000.
"For these emerging nail artists, this isn't just a job, it's their passion," says Rod Aissa, senior vice president of original programming and development for Oxygen Media.
"Our young, female audience will relate and root alongside these everyday nail artists as they pursue their dream and compete on 'Nail'd It' to be recognized as one of the best."
Contestants will face-off crafting everything from flat-paint designs to over-the-top 3-D works using everything from lacquers, gels and acrylics to embellishments and unorthodox materials.