Coates leaves Fresno for San Diego

Courtesy of the Fresno Bee

KGPE (Channel 47.1) weekend anchor Alicia Coates has left the local CBS affiliate to take a job at KFMB, the CBS affiliate in San Diego. The move takes the University of California at San Diego graduate back to the Southern California area where she first got interested in news reporting.

Her departure comes just a few months after Coates was suspended by KGPE management for several days for being part of an advertising campaign for the Fort Washington Fitness Center. Ads featuring the anchor have been used on TV, online and in movie theaters.

KGPE also lost reporter Steve McCarron, who went to the FOX affiliate KPTV in Portland. The Seattle native came to Fresno in August 2007 as a reporter and producer.

The search is on to find replacements. For now, Lemor Abrams, a UCLA graduate, has joined the KGPE news team to work as a reporter on a freelance basis. She may look familiar; Abrams previously worked at KMPH (Channel 26.1) as a freelancer.

Read more at the Fresno Bee where this story was originally published.