Heidi Hayes forced out as Fox 5 morning anchor disappointing the Las Vegas native.
According to Heidi’s profile still up at Fox 5, her goal was to work at a station in her hometown of Las Vegas.
She joined Fox 5 in March 1998 and in April of 2004 Heidi and Fox 5 weatherman Ted Pretty were married.
The duo went on to have two children and are still going strong.
Heidi was the last original member of the team left at Fox 5 since they added a news format back in June of 1998 with the debut of Fox News at 10pm.
Her last day on air in Las Vegas at Fox is expected to be October 5.
Heidi’s partner was Dave Hall who recently left the station after 11 years.
He went on to be the anchor at KCTV in Kansas City, MO saying that although he enjoyed living in Las Vegas, it was time for him to make a change because, “personally and professionally” he was looking for a kid friendly community.
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal (LVRJ), Hayes is, ” disappointed and pretty much blindsided” by Fox’s decision to end her long running career at Fox 5.
Hayes alluded to the recent decision in two recent tweets.
One of her tweets referencing a “resume tape” while the other mentioned having her world turned “upside down”.
— Heidi Hayes (@heidihayes702) September 13, 2012
— Heidi Hayes (@heidihayes702) September 14, 2012
The station will be debuting what they hope will be a new and improved news team starting October 15 comprised of Stefanie Jay and John Dabkovich.
Jay’s first day of her new job will be on October 8th.
She has been with the Fox 5 Las Vegas team since 2008 .
A few years ago she allegedly caused some controversy, according to the LVRJ, when she received a DUI that was later pleaded down to reckless driving. The station decided not to terminate her and she received a suspension instead.
John Dabkovich, who is relocating from Bakersfield, starts a week later.
Dabkovich has been with KBAK/KBFX-TV as an anchorman and reporter since 2006 and has said, in a past piece he penned, that he dreams of being a game show host.
Prior to joining KBAK, Dabkovich was a sports anchor and newsman for WTAJ-TV according his LinkedIn profile.