First, morning anchor Jacquie Sosa — who was supposed to return from maternity leave on Monday — was told her contract had not been renewed. She’s not expected to appear on the air again at the station, according to an insider. Sosa’s original co-anchor in the morning was Mark McEwen, who suffered a stroke in 2005.
Main sports anchor Todd Lewis signed off for the last time during Tuesday’s 6 p.m. show. His contract was not renewed either. Lewis had been with WKMG since 1997, first as weekend sports guy, then morning news guy and back to sports as the main weekday anchor. No word on his replacement — if there will be one. WKMG has cut back on its sports coverage, canceling its longtime Sunday night highlight show. Holding down the sports fort is weekend sports anchor Lee Goldberg. When Ryan Baker left as WKMG in 2003, Goldberg worked an incredible 59 consecutive days covering all the sports shifts while before the station moved Lewis into the main sports seat.
And an insider at WKMG says reporter Samantha Knapp has told staff that she’s out of at the end of this month. She reportedly has been working month to month without a contract.