KPIX (CBS 5) finally made official what was first reported last week: That lead weather anchor Roberta Gonzales has been bumped to the stations's weekend newscasts in favor of a newcomer from Seattle.
In a press release issued Tuesday evening, KPIX announced that it had hired Paul Deanno as its chief meteorologist, effective Aug. 30.
Deanno, will anchor the station's early evening and late newscasts during the week, responsibilities previously handled by Gonzales, who has been at KPIX for more than 16 years. He comes to the Bay Area from KOMO-TV in Seattle, where he has worked the past three years. Before that, he was chief meteorologist at WTVJ-TV in Miami and a meteorologist at stations in Philadelphia and San Anotnio.
Deanno notably has filled in on both the "Today" show and "Good Morning America," and as also provided severe weather coverage for MSNBC, CNN, The Weather Channel and the "NBC Nightly News," according to the release. He plans to live in Walnut Creek with his wife, Suzanne, and their two children.
He could possibly face a shaky welcome from viewers, given the fact that Gonzales, a resident of Pleasanton, is a popular, longtime fixture in the Bay Area broadcast market known for her high energy and outgoing personality. It had been speculated that she may leave the station, but Gonzales instead has accepted what was described by KPIX news director Dan Rosenheim in the news release as a "dynamic new role." That role includes the lower-profile weekend weather spots, along with some "reporting responsibilities in the field" during the week.
Both Gonzales and Rosenheim have not responded to earlier requests for comment, but Gonzales recently told fans on her Facebook page that she had been working with CBS "for months" on developing "a unique position to anchor and report on the weather."
"I want to thank all of you for your love and support during this time of change," she wrote. "I am extremely excited to embrace this new challenge!"