The challenge facing new WHAS-TV general manager Mark Pimental got a little bit tougher the day after he was announced as the new G.M. — reporter and part-time anchor Tim Seymour accepted an anhoring job in Cedar Rapids.
Seymour, who has been at WHAS-TV for four years, had seen his anchoring duties cut back when Andy Treinen was hired to anchor Good Morning Kentuckiana. The station moved Joe Arnold to weekends, and Seymour was literally out on the streets — reporting. And apparently that was enough to get Seymour to look for a way out of a bad situation. Seymour had previously worked at WLKY-TV before moving from there to Minneapolis, then came back for the WHAS-TV job in 2003.
Seymour’s departure is the fifth in the station’s newsroom since March. Reporter Jenny McLendon left for law school in May, followed by the sudden retirement of anchor Jean West late last month. Reporter Kerri Richardson took a job with the Mayor’s office, and last week assistant news director Caroline Imler took a news director’s job in Harrisburg, Pa.
It’s also clear that Seymour’s wasn’t the only newsroom resume making the rounds. This is not the last of personnel changes at WHAS-TV.