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KMOV St. Louis Anchors to Helm ‘CBS Weekend News’

KMOV anchors Samantha Jones (left) and Steve Savard
KMOV anchors Samantha Jones (left) and Steve Savard (Image credit: KMOV)

Anchors from KMOV St. Louis will anchor CBS Weekend News May 30-31. Samantha Jones anchors on Saturday and Steve Savard anchors Sunday. 

The CBS affiliate is owned by Meredith. Affiliated stations, such as KOIN Portland and WGCL Atlanta, have been pitching in with the network’s weekend evening news with the CBS Broadcast Center shut due to the pandemic. 

“I think it’s a great opportunity to show off what we think is a great anchor team, and a great city to the nation,” said Scott Diener, KMOV news director. 

Other KMOV news personnel will contribute to the weekend newscasts. Diener said they hope to include a local story or two in the national broadcast. 

St. Louis is DMA No. 23. 

Jones and Savard anchor the News 4 newscasts at 6 and 10 p.m. weeknights. Jones graduated from the University of Arkansas and previously worked at stations in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. 

Savard came to KMOV as sports director in 1994. 

Reena Ninan and Elaine Quijano usually anchor CBS Weekend News. Norah O’Donnell anchors CBS Evening News from Washington during the week.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.