Created: 03/31/2014 5:36 PM
KOB Eyewitness News 4 is pleased to announce Tessa Mentus will join Tom Joles as co-anchor of the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts Monday through Friday.
Mentus comes to Eyewitness News 4 from WTVY-TV in Dothan, Ala., where for the last three years she was an evening anchor and reporter. Nielsen has consistently ranked the station's weeknight shows on their list of "most watched" evening newscasts in the country.
"Tessa stood out because of her experience and passion for providing comprehensive coverage of the issues that are important to people," News Director Michelle Donaldson said. "She brings an energy and fresh perspective to the newsroom. Her personal connection with both her audience and her stories is a perfect fit for KOB 4's commitment to New Mexico."
Mentus, who is married, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University's prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. She also worked as a reporter, anchor and news director at TV stations in Syracuse, NY and Altoona, PA.
"KOB 4 has a long history of producing quality news and I'm excited to join the team," Mentus said. "I'm also looking forward to exploring New Mexico and getting to know the unique culture here."
Mentus is filling the position vacated by Nicole Brady in early January. After returning from maternity leave, Brady is now co-anchoring KOB 4's weekday morning newscast, Eyewitness News 4 Today, with Steve Stucker and Kim Tobin. Danielle Todesco, who recently filled in on the weekday anchor desk, will be returning to her position as KOB 4 weekend anchor.