I'm going to admit something a little shallow about myself. Well.....it isn't that much of a risk because, except for a very small inner circle, I do this blog anonymously.......as my alter ego Jocoeveryman. Just to admit it to myself........that I have a shallow bone in my body......is something. Anyway.....regular readers know I'm pretty shallow whether I admit it to myself or not.
I pick the local news I watch based on which anchor women are the cutest. There I said it. I mean they have to be good at what they do but after that cuteness goes a long way in determining what channel I land upon. I look at it like this for local news. It is all the same stuff and for the most part should we really consider someone who can read the news from a teleprompter a journalist? It is a skill but more one about performance than gravitas.
The 60th anniversary of WDAF and the warm and fuzzy command performance of Cynthia Smith as guest anchor made me think about my favorite news readers over the past few years. By the way......weather girls don't count. They aren't on long enough to matter AND they probably won every science fair as a kid......not fair to objectify such beauty over brains, eh?
So, 28 or so years after Christine Craft made national news for suing local channel 9 and Hearst for gender discrimination I take it to new lows that would make her hair stand on end.
If only I could watch Veronica Corningstone every night.
Cynthia Smith was a cute little dish herself back in the day. Of course I was in elementary school at the time and all platinum blondes caused wood in those days.
Here are some that I liked watching................
Anne Peterson back in the day. She was Kansas City's sweetheart news anchor. Frankly not bad now really.
Kelly Minton. She was a brunette at NBC-local in the mid 90's. Very hot. She just disappeared one day. I remember reading about a month later a story about how she was being stalked and quietly got the hell out of town. Back in those days you could just disappear. However, she later turned up in Louisville but it looks like she protects her privacy pretty strongly after that because finding pictures of her on the internet was less than fruitful.
Harris Faulkner. She was the anchor for WDAF-4 for 8 years from 1992-2000. Now you can see her on Fox doing news updates and filling in. Still very beautiful.
Laura Thornquist. She was short lived at WDAF-4 as well but I thought she was very cute. Looks like she is still in KC doing PR/Advertising/Staffing work.
Some easy ones to watch now.........
Amy Anderson on most days
and Kansas City's newest and best newsie babe.........
Stephanie Hockridge at WDAF-4. I wish I could more pictures of her for you but a man has to work sometime. By the way, the cute one at the top is her as well. She came here for a man so I think she'll stick around. Hopefully, a long time!
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