9 On Your Side veteran Steve Nuñez to join Good Morning Tucson
Notes by: Forrest Carr, KGUN9 News Director
KGUN9 News is thrilled to announce the selection of a new anchor for Good Morning Tucson. That person is none other than our own Steve Nuñez.
We say "our own" not only because Steve is a KGUN9 News veteran, but because he is a Tucson native. Steve is a graduate of Tucson High and received his undergraduate degree in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. Steve first came to KGUN9 as an intern in 1993. His promotion to the anchor desk is a classic case of someone working his way up the ranks and succeeding through focus, determination and consistent achievement.
In the past two years in particular Steve has distinguished himself as one of KGUN9's best-connected reporters. You would be hard pressed to find someone who has more contacts in our community. He firmly believes in 9 On Your Side's Viewer Advocacy news philosophy, and you can see him carrying out that philosophy every day, giving voice to common people and helping them to hold those in power accountable, but doing so with consummate professionalism, courtesy and ethical conduct. In topics ranging from Steve's thorough and insightful coverage of Tucson's ongoing Ethnic Studies battle, to his thoughtful probing of all aspects of Arizona's immigration debate, to his on-site reports of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's crime sweeps, and much more, Steve's reports stand out.
With the addition of Steve Nuñez to team, more than ever Good Morning Tucson will offer an anchor lineup that looks and sounds like Tucson and Southern Arizona, one that has strong ties to our area. Co-anchor Kimberly Romo is a 9th-generation Tucson native. Meteorologist April Madison received her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona. Traffic Anchor Allen Kath -- AKA "Big Al Your Traffic Pal" -- first began reporting on Tucson traffic in 1980. For morning news they are, quite simply, Tucson and Southern Arizona's home team.
In making the announcement Thursday, Journal Broadcast Group Tucson Operations Vice President and General Manager Julie Brinks said, "I am thrilled to have Steve join our morning news team. I believe our audience will embrace the opportunity to share their morning with a group individuals who can truly call Tucson their home."
Over the next few days Steve has some reporting duties to wrap up. He'll make his first appearance on the Good Morning Tucson anchor desk on Monday October 17.
Good Morning Tucson airs weekday mornings from 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM on KGUN9-TV.