In one recent newscast, KABC Channel 7 fill-in anchor Lisa Hernandez reported a story about people enrolling in yoga classes where participants don't wear clothes. Co-anchor Philip Palmer noticed that weatherman Garth Kemp had moved a bit closer to Hernandez. Kemp appeared behind her imitating a preying mantis while Palmer quipped, "It's the image of you doing yoga in a Speedo."
Remarked Hernandez: "Please, people are eating breakfast."
Popular news personalities and user-friendly features are also trademarks of the pre-dawn newscasts. Kathy Vara, the longtime KABC "Eyewitness News" morning anchor who attracted a loyal following during her eight-year stint at that station, was recently hired by KNBC, joining the highly promoted team of Chris Schauble and Alycia Lane. (Vara anchors the 4:30 a.m. newscast solo.) Schauble, who is a fitness devotee, has a segment "Wake Up Workout" where he shows off workout routines.