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ST. LOUIS • Longtime reporter and weekend show host Charles Jaco is leaving KTVI (Channel 2), according to the station.

“After 11 years of journalistic service to St. Louis, Fox 2 and reporter Charles Jaco have mutually agreed to part ways,” the station’s general manager, Spencer Koch, said in a statement. “We thank Charles for his service and wish him all the best in his future plans and pursuits.”

KTVI’s news director, Audrey Prywitch, emailed the statement to the Post-Dispatch but declined to comment further.

Jaco addressed his departure on Twitter, saying: “From Iraq in ’03 to Todd Akin in ’12, a great time. Thanks, guys! Now working on new book. Stay tuned!”

Jaco, 63, gave no details and could not be reached for comment.

Before joining KTVI in 2003, Jaco worked for KMOX-AM for seven years. He worked at CNN before that, reporting on the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City. He is a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Jaco has also has hosted a weekend talk show, “The Jaco Report,” which drew national headlines for his August 2012 interview with then-Congressman Todd Akin of Wildwood.

The interview during Akin’s run for the U.S. Senate became controversial when Jaco asked Akin about his opposition to abortion in instances of rape. Akin answered that pregnancies caused by rape were rare, adding “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

KTVI is owned by the Tribune Co., which closed on a deal last year to buy KTVI and 15 other television stations from Local TV Holdings for $2.7 billion.

A very sad day for St. Louis and integrity in STL media. Charles Jaco was a great truth-teller who kept Todd Akin out of office. 

This is the 2nd stupid blunder that Fox2/KPLR11 has been made in the past 2 months. 
First, the infamous scheduling swap that got Angie Mock ejected off the morning shift (thus putting Kim Hudson in Mock’s old slot, and Anthony Kiekow in Hudson’s old slot), now this.

h/t: Joel Currier at 

KDNL will be back with its own in-house produced news for the 1st time since 2001, likely with a right-wing flair. 
That’s on the basis that KFTK morning host and former KMOV reporter Jamie Allman will be rumored to be the anchor and that KDNL’s parent company (Sinclair Broadcast Group) has a well-known conservative bias, which includes airing Armstrong Williams’ program The Right Side and the Mark Hyman commentaries. 

h/t: Joe Holleman at

h/t: Bill McClellan at



Petition for Damages

h/t: Daily RFT

Gee willikers! Can’t an old rusty TV news anchor get a moment’s peace these days? Seems I can’t go anywhere without someone assuming I give a whole heckuva hoot about all this mess with Larry Conners being fired at KMOV. I’m bombarded with phone calls, shouts across supermarket aisle, email, letters and texts. (And I don’t even text.) All want my take on this story that won’t go away. Well, after consulting the sacred “Guide Book for TV Anchor Standards and Practices,” I’ve decided to break my silence I’ve treasured after being one of those cloistered anchors away. Haven’t really watched much local news since Nov. 26, 2002 — my last night on the air. But the sound you hear next will be that of breaking silence.

First of all, what’s all this stuff about racial discrimination directed at an anchor? Seems like I survived some heavy-duty, Grade-A Large racism being the first African-American reporter/anchor in a regular St. Louis prime time TV slot. Survived it unscathed for 33 years.

Some hateful slurs were written to me over the years … letters with every other word misspelled. Phone calls from people with obvious IQs the same as room temperature. Rip up. Hang up. An Overland-based chapter of the Ku Klux Klan used to come to the station lobby every year to threaten me. Called the FBI. No need to call the EEOC.

I developed a taste for flying directly into the face of the nastiest racial hatred instead of whining about it. Once I insisted on interviewing the head of the National Socialist White People’s Party. My crew and I — the only newsfolk who showed up — made a prearranged point of loudly storming out of the news conference right in the middle of the vitriol. How should one handle racial bias? My crew and I were handed all the NSWPP’s venomous pamphlets, and I promptly got those guys busted by the cops for distributing literature without a proper permit.

The on-the-job racism I experienced that day prompted a call to local police and the FBI, but no calls to the EEOC for on-the-job racial injuries. If there is racism coming in machine gun blatancy or even in water pistol spurts from management or colleagues, I think any anchor worth his/her paycheck should fight it wearing Kevlar-thick skin.

I’ve tried hard, and failed, to see if I could remember any relativity between tough interviews with presidents and income taxes. I’ve had exclusive interviews with six incumbent presidents. Even had brief chats with Bush II and presidential candidate Barack Obama. Asked tough questions of all. Check the transcripts. I led off my 1982 exclusive with Republican President Reagan with: “Mr. President, if the polls are to be believed you’re not a popular president among such groups as environmentalists, the poor, blacks, educators and organized labor.” No IRS harassment followed.

And at the end of my exclusive interview with Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1994, I capped the interview when the lights were shut off with: “Mr. President, I gotta tell you, I’m the only on-air anchor at my station that likes you. So don’t embarrass me!” He threw his head back and gave that famous, raspy, hearty laugh. Of course, Monica Lewinsky and impeachment came along later … but the IRS never did.

So far as being paid less than a colleague with whom one is inextricably joined at the elbow for promotion’s sake: I always assumed that salary level was based on a lot of “c” words: competency, consistent connectivity with the largest audience possible, and complete comity with colleagues of every stripe. Believe it or not, some news anchors can score zero on the comity criterion. I never had time to look over a co-anchor’s shoulder to peek at his/her paycheck.

During my 28 years at Channel 4, I never once had an agent, never asked for a raise, received extremely handsome “love pats” every single year, was always granted multiyear contracts, and was presented new contracts an entire year before any expiration dates. What? Me worry about where I stood on the anchor pay chart? Personal security is a terrible thing to waste.

But while enjoying the longtime good graces of viewers, management and colleagues, after a while … I began to see what I thought might have been a wee skosh of “handwriting on the wall.” Perhaps painted on with Geritol. Then I looked squarely in the mirror and said: “Pops, you know you’re 33 years older than when you started, don’t you?” Gee willikers. “Your options appear to be: (a) walk out with dignity on your own two feet; (b) look out for that boot!” GM Allan Cohen was wonderfully understanding of where my head was when I asked to be let out of my contract … early. He made me stay on an extra year … in the interest of another important “c” word. Continuity. But, Cohen ruled, I did qualify for the “early release” program.

There’s still time in this increasingly embarrassing airing of dirty laundry for the Anchorman’s Prayer: “O, God… make my words sweet today … for I might have to eat them tomorrow.” Amen.

Julius K. Hunter is a former anchorman for Channel 4 and a former vice president of community outreach for St. Louis University.


(KMOV) — We regret to announce that Larry Conners is no longer a KMOV news reporter. Larry was a valued member of KMOV for a long time, and we will miss him.

For KMOV, there is no higher cause than unbiased, objective news reporting. It is what our viewers expect and it is what we work very hard to deliver. We can accept no less. Larry is certainly entitled to his opinion, but taking a personal political position on one of the Station’s Facebook pages creates an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards. Larry’s departure has nothing to do with the particular position he took, but it does have to do with our belief that his actions made it impossible for him to report for KMOV on certain political matters going forward without at least an appearance of bias. Bringing you accurate and unbiased reporting is the reason we exist.

Mark Pimentel
KMOV TV President & GM


I am going to say this on here: It is WELL past time that KMOV (the CBS affiliate in St. Louis) gets rid of GOP shill Larry Conners permanently, especially after his latest incident with the IRS and lying about it. I bet he has a slot on rabid-right hate talker KFTK 97.1 FM lined up for him, along with his fellow former KMOV employees Marc Cox (Sunday Nights and weekday fill-in) and Jamie Allman (weekday morning drive-time).

Here’s his entire rant that is captured,  via the Daily RFT:

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Since his post got national attention, Conners went on air to address the controversy — and offer a pretty surprising disclosure.
His issues with the IRS, he announced, “preceded that interview by several years.”

And, he emphasized, his views are his own, not that of his company.

More proof that Conners was making up stuff in order to get “Conservative Hero” cred.

TVSpy’s Kevin Eck:

Larry Conners,the KMOV anchor who said on facebook the IRS targeted him after an interview with President Obama last year, is off the air until further notice.

“He’s not suspended. We just all thought it made sense (for him) to take a few days off,” Sean McLaughlin, news director for the St. Louis CBS affiliate, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We take this very seriously, and we don’t expect this to drag on. We’re still looking into the situation and weighing our options.”

>UPDATE: Conners’ attorney told TVSpy in a statement, “As the attorney for Larry Conners, I am constrained to advise you that he is barred by corporate from making statements, posting on Facebook, or participating in interviews on the IRS issue. That is the only reason for his silence.”

As a result, he is temporarily off the air until further notice.

my personal blogpost on Blogspot:

Veteran KMOV news anchor (and right-wing hero) Larry Conners (@lconnersnews4) is in really hot water because he claimed (falsely) that he was “harassed by the IRS” after his infamous interview with President Obama last year in which he asked right-wing gotcha questions  (most notably the “Obamas take too much vacations” lie promulgated through the wingnut universe).
I hope and pray that Conners gets fired for this; however, that won’t stop conservatives likeDana Loesch from declaring he is “being persecuted for ‘standing up to Obama.’” Also, KMOV’s newscasts should be boycotted until he is fired.

(cross-posted from Daily Kos)

Much news is being generated by allegations that the Internal Revenue Service recently has targeted conservative groups.

Now KMOV-TV (Channel 4) anchorman Larry Connerswonders if he is being targeted by the IRS because of tough questions he asked President Barack Obama during an interview in April 2012. 

Monday night, Conners posted his concerns on Facebook.The post begins:

"Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS.

"I don’t accept ‘conspiracy theories,’ but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me."

In conclusion, Conners wrote:

"What I don’t like to even consider … is that because of the Obama interview … the IRS put a target on me.

Can I prove it? At this time, no. But it is a fact that since that April 2012 interview … the IRS has been pressuring me.”

It’s WAY past time for KMOV to fire GOP shill Larry Conners! He’s the main reason why I prefer 2/11 or 5 to 4 for the news. 


Charles Jaco from FOX 2 mouths what the fuck live on the news! (original) (by budlightsk8er)

Charles Jaco’s F-bomb gaffe was accidental, and right-wing morons are trying to pull out the stops to get him fined and/or fired.

If Jaco’s pink-slipped from Fox2/KPLR, I blame the whiny conservatives! Long live Charles Jaco!


Happy Valentine’s Day.

Angie Mock, St. Louis’ hottest anchor on TV, on the 01.29.2013 edition of Fox 2 News In The Morning.

Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with none other than FOX 2 & KPLR 11’s “Miracle Girl” April Simpson. Many of our readers may remember April’s diagnosis in 2010 of a brain tumor, and her courageous battle at the time. Two years later, her view of life and the importance of family and friends is more apparent than ever. April has endured much over the last few years, but in true form, the Farm Girl from Arkansas has mustered up a lot of grit and determination to make her life exactly what she set out for it to be. With her head held high, she has forged on to become the lead anchor on KPLR 11’s News at 4 p.m. April graciously carved out some time in her day to sit down and chat with me about her life, her family and her hopes and dreams for the future.

Q: Can you tell the readers of Lipstik Magazine a little about yourself?

A: Of course. I’m 33, single and I grew up on a farm in southern Arkansas, where I was raised with my three sisters. I also have a half brother. I attended the University of Arkansas (Yep, I’m a Razorback) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism. I also continued my education and attained my Master of Arts in Communication Management. I started my career in television in Monroe Louisiana, for a year. I continued on in Shreveport Louisiana for another year and then decided to move to St. Louis in 2003 to take on a position with FOX 2.

Q: Since you arrived in St. Louis 9 years ago, how has your career progressed? 

A: For about 6-7 years, I was the Sunday morning anchor and at the same time I was the night shift Reporter for the station. Let’s just say that those hours will catch up with you after a while, but I loved every minute of it. I then progressed to be anchor/reporter for the 11 a.m. show and eventually have become an anchor on the FOX 2 Show in the morning with Tim Ezell and head anchor on KPLR 11 News at 4 p.m. I have truly been blessed to have had the opportunity to work in St. Louis and have met some incredible people along the way. Everyone at this station is so nice and so great to be around, I really consider St. Louis home.

Q: Well, I can tell by the way that you are talking about FOX 2/KPLR 11, that you really enjoy your job. You must have a special bond with some of your coworkers, right?

A: Definitely! I have had a long lasting friendship with one of the greatest guys in the world, John Gadson, who we sadly lost earlier this year. He was my mentor and my friend on this journey we call LIFE. John was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008, and then was diagnosed with ALS this past year. I was with John through his own diagnosis and treatment and was shocked when I too received the same diagnosis. We were both like, are you serious? Sadly, John died from ALS only weeks after being diagnosed earlier this year. Even more devastating was the fact that I couldn’t attend his funeral because I had hip replacement surgery the day before his funeral. He was truly my best friend since I arrived in St. Louis and I will never forget him or his smile.

Luckily for me, I have another friend who I have grown to love like a brother over the years, and I am sure that your readers won’t be too surprised when I share with them who it is. Tim Ezell has made my life so wonderful over the years that we have worked together, that I truly consider him my brother. This man has made my life complete in so many ways. He laughs with me, he cries with me and he is always there when I need someone to lean on. Everyone sees the “wild and crazy guy” on-air, but I am blessed with the other side of Tim, the caring and loving side. I truly feel blessed to have had both of these men in my life. 

Q: Would you mind sharing a few more details about what happened next?

A: Besides taking the steroids, it was decided to do a procedure to attempt to fuse the tumor together, to make it easier to remove. After the procedure, I lost my ability to speak and my right side was paralyzed Needless to say, this part of it was just a little scary. They had prepared my parents and siblings for the worst case scenario. You know all the positive things like, “she may be in a medical comma”, “she may not remember who you are”, and of course, “she may not make it.” Then I went into surgery which lasted 12 hours to remove the tumor. I don’t think it all really hit home for my mother until the Chaplain came to sit with her. Then it was real. The doctors shared after the surgery that I died once on the table, and they revived me, but the most astonishing thing for the anesthesiologists, nurses and my mother and father, was that after I woke up, I knew everyone! I was kind of shocked when I woke up and my mother asked if I knew who she was, and I answered her “Well of course I know who you are mom.” All of a sudden the nurses were literally dancing in the recovery room. My dad was literally dancing in the hall. It was like something you see in a movie or something. Everyone was so relieved that I had made it and that I knew who they were - well suffice to say it was a very surreal scene that day at SLU. I was only in ICU for two days. The doctor asked me once I was moved to a regular room not to look in the mirror for at least three days. Sometimes I wonder if doctors understand women at all; of course, I had to look to see what I looked like. We women are so vain, it was bad enough that they had to shave my hair before surgery and they made me remove my weave, and now you are telling me not to look at myself! I must admit I was a little startled by what I saw, but I began to heal nicely and within 3 months, by the grace of God, I was back to work at FOX 2/KPLR.

Q: Your tumor was benign right? Did you have to undergo any treatment after surgery?

A: The tumor itself was benign, but it was a Grade 3 Meningioma - which translates to - it may reoccur at any time at any place in your body. So I had to undergo radiation for an entire month to the brain as a precautionary measure to eliminate it from reoccurring.

Q: Watching you on-air, you seem as poised and put together as ever. Have you had any other issues that have arisen since the surgery?

A: Just a few. I have never regained sight back in my left eye, because the tumor stretched the optic nerve. I also cannot smell, have lost 20% of my hearing and I have a problem with my equilibrium, which I am learning to cope with. I had hip surgery this year, since the steroids that I was on deteriorated my hip socket, so I had to have it replaced.

This is going to make me sound really vain, but I must share with your readers that losing my hair in the radiation process was the roughest part for me. I totally can relate to all those women going through chemotherapy and radiation. I was against wearing a wig 100% in the beginning. But, just like a lot of things in life, I grew to finally love how easy they were, when I didn’t have any other choice but to wear one. It just goes to show you, you don’t know, till you know - if you know what I mean.

Q: I am amazed that the entire time we have been talking; you have come up with a positive for every situation that has happened to you over the last two years. What has been the most amazing part of this journey for you?

A: The love, compassion and closeness that has evolved with my family, friends and even fans of the station. This experience has literally touched everyone and every aspect of my life. My own father was so moved by the will of God to keep me on this earth, that he has become a Minister. The outpouring of support from colleagues here at the station and at our national affiliates is just unreal. From Wendy Williams contacting me and offering to send me one of her incredible wigs, to Regis and Kelly, Steve Spagnuolo & Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson sending me Get-Well wishes along the way - who expects to hear from these people, definitely not me.

And the outpouring of support from our viewers has made me realize that we do touch people’s lives with what we do, and that they do care about us along the way. Knowing that so many of our viewers were keeping me in their thoughts and prayers, gave me the strength to keep my held high and to keep going. Even the management here at the station was 100% in support of me. They allowed me to change my schedule to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so that I am now on a regular schedule. These types of things don’t happen everywhere. The people in this area are truly amazing!!!