Hanna Battah has been named the new weekend-morning anchor at KDFW/Channel 4, the station announced Wednesday morning.
Battah fills a vacancy left by Jenny Anchondo, who left the station in March. Batth will begin anchoring "Good Day Saturday" and "Good Day Sunday" starting June 11. She will also contribute general-assignment reports to the weekday editions of "Good Day."
“Hanna is a multi-talented journalist with skills extending beyond the camera, often producing, reporting and anchoring all in the same day," Robin Whitmeyer, Fox-4's vice president and news director, says in the release.
Battah's background backs that up. The release lists her most recent stops as KBAK/KBFX-TV in Bakersfield, Calif., where she produced and co-anchored noon newscasts and reported for evening newscasts; and KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo., where she was digital-content specialist as well as an anchor and reporter, often acting as her own videographer and editor. At KOMU, she covered President Obama's visit to Kansas City and covered multiple Missouri elections.
Some details in the previous paragraph come from Battah's résumé, which is posted on her website, which lists numerous other stops not included in the release: KPHO in Phoenix, where she was a Meredith-Cronkite Fellow working in the news department; Missouri Digital News in Jefferson City, where she was a political/reporter editor; WCCO in Minneapolis, where she did an internship in the news department.
And that's just the highlights, all in the past five years. Her Bakersfield gig began in 2015, according to her résumé (she even tattooed the call letters of KBAK on a willing on-camera subject). Bakersfield is ranked No. 126 among Nielsen Media TV markets; Battah makes a big jump with the move to Dallas-Fort Worth, which is ranked No. 5.
Battah has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
“As I have moved around the country from Minnesota, to Missouri, and most recently California, many of my friends have settled here in Dallas," she says in the release. "I’m eager to join them in the city that has grown close to my heart, and continue to do the job that allows me to have a front seat to life.”
Battah's surname does not rhyme with Hanna -- it's pronounced "bah-TAH." While looking up the pronunciation, I stumbled on this story about her name and its seeming rhyme going viral -- in Hawaii.
A month after Anchondo's departure, the former weekend anchor announced that she had joined the host team on "Morning Dose," a Dallas-based Tribune Broadcasting program that airs from 5 to 8 a.m. weekdays on KDAF/Channel 33 and in several other markets.
Anchondo isn't the only recent major departure from the weekend "Good Day" broadcasts -- meteorologist Jennifer Myers left in early May.
Here's another sample of Battah's Bakersfield reporting -- this time more serious than giving someone a tattoo.