John Reger, formerly of CBS affiliate KION-TV in Monterey, has been tapped to sit behind the KSBY anchor desk, reuniting him with Jeanette Trompeter, whom he worked with in Minneapolis. He’s set to start Monday.
Reger, originally from Minnesota, has worked as an anchor and reporter at network affiliates throughout the country, including stations in Idaho and Utah.
Along with his newsroom experience, Reger has also tried his hand at acting. He appeared on several television shows in the 1980s and ’90s, including “Cheers,” “Knight Rider” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
Reger is replacing Tony Cipolla, who worked at KSBY for 20 years.
While at KSBY, Cipolla held several jobs, working first as a general assignment reporter, then later as anchor, editor and news director.
Cipolla left the NBC affiliate in June, after an agreement couldn’t be reached with management about his contract.
Since leaving KSBY, Cipolla says he’s been catching up on quality time with his family and teaching advanced broadcast journalism at Cal Poly.
When asked about his decision to leave the station, Cipolla said, “Honestly, I am very happy. Teaching was a natural transition for me, and I don’t regret my decision to leave the station.”
In an announcement of his hiring, Reger said, “I’m at the best station in a fantastic community. I live at the beach and get to work with real professionals. How can it get any better?”
— Stacy Daniel