Political and investigative reporter John Schwada has been with the Channel 11 a long time, and last month picked up the L.A. Press Club's Joseph M. Quinn Award for journalistic excellence. But he was told this week that his contract won't be renewed. Newsroom sources see it as the handiwork of new news director Kingsley Smith. He reportedly arrived talking about the station's "embarrassment of riches" and plans for a new 5 p.m. news show that won't be like all the other 5 p.m. shows in town. Count me skeptical on that. Schwada has been one of the most successful conversions from print to TV locally, having come from the Times and the Herald Examiner.
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Jose Rios promoted at Fox, out as Channel 11 news director