In the past, any time I have bemoaned the reduced TV news coverage out of Sacramento, Nannette Miranda has reminded me that she remains on the scene at the Capitol building for ABC's stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Miranda began in December, 2003 as the Sacramento bureau chief for the ABC-owned stations in California. Well, she has gotten the word that the ABC stations are closing the Sacto bureau by October. She's out of a job. There are no other TV reporters from Los Angeles based in Sacramento that I know. The LA Times still has a large bureau there, though smaller than it used to be, and KPCC has Julie Small reporting from Northern California. TV got all interested in Sacramento news the last time an actor was elected governor, then the interest waned. Again.
[Added: A veteran of two of the opposing sides in Sacramento — media and political staff — tells me that Miranda was a respected pro. "She was the last of the army of reporters sent in when Schwarzenegger landed in the Capitol 10 years ago. They’re all gone now."]
The bipartisan reaction to Miranda's news began yesterday on Twitter. Here's just a selection; she responds at the end.
ABC shutting down Sac Bureau. @nannetteNewz - a consummate professional reporter - will be sorely missed as CA Capitol press corps shrinks.— Jon Fleischman (@FlashReport) August 28, 2013
With loss of @NannetteNewz's great coverage, CA's biggest city (Los Angeles) will have no TV station presence in the Capitol. Say what?— Mike Gatto (@mikegatto) August 29, 2013
Sad day for coverage of CA Capitol with closure of ABC news bureau. Best wishes to @NannetteNewz -- a real pro and a class act.— CPF (@CAFirefighters) August 29, 2013
Thank u all for ur kind words. I actually started crying reading them. Had no idea the enormity of my job & the appreciation u have 💕— Nannette Miranda (@NannetteNewz) August 29, 2013