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Oct 1, 2013 2:06 PM by David Randall

KOAA Sets October 14th as Lisa Lyden's Return to News 5

Pueblo, CO/Colorado Springs, CO - 30-year KOAA News5 veteran anchor, Lisa Lyden, returns to the Southern Colorado airwaves after a one-year hiatus.  Lisa will share the desk Monday through Friday at 5pm and 10pm with 25-year KOAA newsman Rob Quirk.  Research and ratings continue to show they are the most preferred and trusted anchors in the market.  Lisa will also be part of the Monday through Friday 6pm and 6:30pm newscasts, anchoring off the main desk and in the field as needed.

Jennifer Horbelt was promoted to co-anchor with Rob Quirk a year ago and quickly rose to become a viewer favorite.  She remains one of the three main anchors and will be at the main desk Monday through Thursday at 6pm and 6:30pm.  Jennifer will also be a part of the Monday through Thursday 5pm and 10pm newscasts, anchoring off the main desk and in the field as needed.

In addition, Jennifer will join Zach Thaxton on Sunday evenings beginning October 13th.  Sunday is already one fo the highest viewing nights for local news and KOAA 5 carries the #1 primetime show on that night, NBC Sunday Night Football.

"This depth of experience and three-anchor model gives News 5 the flexibility and range to be able to quickly adjust to changing news conditions," said Evan Pappas, president and general manager.  "Our commitment is to give viewers more comprehensive news coverage, whether it's normal news of the day, or ongoing breaking news.  This model positions us well to deliver on that promise."

These changes represent a continued effort on the part of KOAA to aggressively expand its presence in Southern Colorado.  A new 25.000 sq ft station is under construction in Colorado Springs, just off Rockrimmon, while KOAA's Pueblo facility continues a full remodel and technology update.  In addition, both buildings will debut brand new, state-of-the-art news sets that are promised to rival those seen in any market in the country.  The new sets will also provide a broader range of options in utilizing the station's new three-anchor model.

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