Don't get me wrong, this KPIX anchor is quite a sight to behold (she's quite the presence) but I don't see why all the big fuss. She's certainly capable and serviceable but dynamic, a virtuoso? I'm not there, yet.
Which brings me to my point. I think we're so inundated with such less than mediocre talent in the Bay Area, particularly TV News, that anyone even remotely deemed "good" is catapulted into the greatness category.
Medina isn't the only one and certainly the only woman. She's better than average but is that saying anything these days? Hardly.
For a market that seems to think it's so superior than the rest; for an area that likes to brag about its diversity and esoteric presence; that it's sophisticated and supreme and all that; it's really all smoke and mirrors.
Since we're focused here on women, I'm going to give you my choices for some of the best female TV talent in the Bay Area; women I find both quality anchors/reporters and dedicated to their profession--in no particular order.
*I've always liked Anne Makovec at KPIX. (Who I just find out was given the boot on Sunday Morning) She's very underrated in my book. Love to watch her on Sunday Morning on PIX's decent program. Makovec should be on more and in Primetime but she herself once told me that she prefers the relative calm and peace on weekends as opposed to all the hullabaloo on weekdays.
Here's the thing about Makovec that impresses me the most: she doesn't take herself too seriously and she's also quite beautiful but doesn't let that get to her head. She's also an intelligent news reader and above-average interviewer, full marks in today's environment of nobodies that are worshiped as if they're female Walter Cronkites.
UPDATE: Makovec was replaced by Medina b/c, according to a PIX source: "Maria is probably better looking."
I think Ama has improved night and day since her earlier tenure at ABC7; she's always read well but her demeanor is more serious and reserved when the story deserves it. Plus, she had to replace the respected and venerable, Carolyn Johnson, not an easy job.
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