Once again, popular traffic reporter Tammy Dombeck has hit the brakes on DFW TV.
Dombeck, who had been doing fill-in traffic for KTVT/Channel 11 on a free-lance basis for the past two years and change, posted Monday afternoon on Facebook, “it is with great disappointment that I write this post to you today, CBSDFW has decided not to hire me for the Morning Traffic Position.”
Her full post:
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“All the girls they auditioned for this job were in their 20s,” Dombeck told us via Facebook email. “I didn’t have a chance. Frustrating.”
Before Dombeck was at CBS 11, she spent 12 years at KXAS/Channel 5 as its “Gridlock Buster” traffic reporter before leaving NBC 5 in 2012. Dombeck did fill-in work in the morning and occasionally afternoons on CBS 11, with her morning duties increasing after full-time traffic reporter Whitney Drolen left in October.
A permanent morning traffic reporter has yet to be named. Lori Conrad, CBS’ Dallas market communications director, says that reporter Elizabeth Dinh, who joined the station in December 2012, will fill in on traffic. Like Dombeck, Dinh is a DFW native.
This is the latest in many changes at CBS 11 This Morning during the past several years, and especially during the past few months, which have seen the departures of co-anchors Brendan Higgins and Adrienne Bankert; the move of longtime CBS 11 anchor Karen Borta from evenings to mornings; and the announcement of Russ McCaskey as Borta’s co-anchor. He’s due to start June 1.