KNBC hires Annabelle Sedano to anchor its 3 and 5 p.m. news

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Annabelle Sedano has been named anchor for KNBC’s weekday newscasts at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Sedano will make her on-air debut in early April 2023.

She joins KNBC from KMEX, the Univision station in the market, where she anchored mornings for the past decade.

Sedano’s hire comes after at least five of some of the most experienced talent at the station took early retirement offers from NBCUniversal.

KNBC launched the 30-minute 3 p.m. news in September 2022, replacing the first part of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which ended its 19-year run earlier that year.

The east coast edition of “NBC Nightly News” airs immediately after at 3:30 p.m. local time. The station also airs the west coast edition of the national newscast at 6:30 p.m.

At 3 p.m., Sedano will anchor NBC4 news kicking off the station’s afternoon news block alongside meteorologists Shanna Mendiola and Stephanie Olmo. She will co-anchor the station’s 5 p.m. weekday newscast with Colleen Williams and meteorologist Melissa Magee.

“Annabelle has deep roots in Southern California covering the most pressing issues affecting the region and lending a voice to our communities through her storytelling,” said Todd Mokhtari, president and general manager for NBC4 and Telemundo 52, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have her join our newsroom.”

Sedano is an award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering local, national and international news ranging from California wildfires, immigration, to presidential elections. She most recently served as anchor for KMEX’s morning newscast Noticias 34 at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., a position she held for 10 years.

Prior to KMEX, she served as a general assignment reporter and anchor in the market at KRCA Canal 62.

Sedano, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Cal State Northridge. In 2013, she completed the Reporting on Health Collaborative Fellowship connected with USC Annenberg, highlighting the link between immigration status and health.