ABC closes last TV bureau in Sacramento, lays off Nannette Miranda

nannette-miranda-twitter.jpgIn 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.

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