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"The 33" tabs two new anchors

New anchors at "The 33" -- Amanda Salinas and Walt Maciborski

KDAF-TV (Channel 33) has named 9 p.m. newscast replacements for deposed anchors Terri Chappelle and Tom Crespo on the day after the latter was dropped.

As previously reported on unclebarky.com, one of them is Amanda Salinas, who previously hosted WFAA8's since cancelled La Vida before leaving the Dallas-based ABC affiliate in mid-summer 2004. She arrives from WPBF-TV, the ABC station in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Also joining "The 33" is Walt Maciborski, who joins the station from ABC's Tampa, Fla. affiliate, WFTS-TV. Maciborski previously worked at KVUE-TV in Austin.

Both hires were offiicially announced Thursday by news director David Duitch, who took that post last July and has been making a number of changes in recent months. He formerly was news director at WFAA8.

"We are thrilled to have someone with Amanda's background join The 33 news team," Duitch said of Salinas, a University of Texas at Austin graduate who grew up in Laredo. "Her roots are in Texas and her experience covering stories from major weather events to historic presidential elections will be a benefit for our viewers."

Maciborski is "equally strong as a reporter and anchor, and already has a list of great stories he wants to share with our viewers," Duitch said.

Salinas and Maciborski will begin co-anchoring The 33's 9 p.m. weeknight newscasts "later this month," according to the station's announcement.