August 7, 2009
Shelly Slater Moves Into Anchor Slot on WFAA's Early Evening Newscast, News 8 at 5 P.M.
Dallas, Texas - WFAA has announced that weekend news anchor Shelly Slater will co-anchor the station's broadcasts of News 8 at 5 p.m., weekday afternoons, while continuing to report on other newscasts.
"The fact that Shelly is a native Texan who grew up in the Plano area, and knows the people and the D-FW region well is of tremendous benefit to our viewers," said WFAA vice president/news, Michael Valentine.
"Not only has Shelly done a very good job of anchoring our weekend newscasts, she is also an outstanding street reporter," added Valentine. "Local news viewers have responded well to her anchoring and reporting, and now in her expanded role, more viewers will be able to watch her. We're pleased with Shelly's dedication and her hard work, and believe this is an excellent growth opportunity."
Slater will join current WFAA anchors Gloria Campos and John McCaa on the anchor desk at 5 p.m.
"We have made a series of adjustments to our early evening news broadcast, making it even more relevant for our viewers," added Valentine. "Adding Shelly to this mix will continue to enhance what we have already done."
She joined the Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate in the fall of 2006 as a reporter and anchor of the station's weekend newscasts. Prior to joining WFAA Slater anchored local newscasts in Kansas City, Charleston/Huntington, West Virginia, and Columbia, Missouri. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Missouri.
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