KOAA almost hires infamous anchor



OK, so "infamous" may be a bit strong, but former Wichita, Kan., anchor Justin Kraemer made a little bit of a name for himself a few weeks ago, when he ended a 10 p.m. newscast the same way I end most work days: by saying, "Let's get the fuck out of here." It came while the credits were rolling on a Saturday night newscast, and by Monday Kraemer was unemployed. (See video here.)

Then rumors started to swirl that Kraemer was headed for KOAA, here in Colorado Springs. We looked into it last Thursday. "Thank you for checking," responded general manager Evan Pappas via email. "Despite reports, Justin Kraemer will not be working at KOAA."

What we didn't know at the time, but later learned from the Kansas City Star, was that he was going to.

But on Thursday morning, station managers called and told him they couldn’t offer him a job after all, he said.

“The conversation was very clinical and professional, and they informed me that this got a lot more attention than anyone could have possibly imagined when everything got started,” Kraemer said. “They’re in a difficult situation because they don’t want to get national or global publicity just for making a reporter hire.”

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