WUKY hires Karyn Czar as reporter and anchor

Karyn Czar on the beat for WLAP in 2003, interviewing then-University of Kentucky president Lee Todd in Frankfort. Czar has been named the new reporter and "Morning Edition" anchor for WUKY-FM 91.3. © Herald-Leader file photo by David Perry.

Karyn Czar on the beat for WLAP in 2003, interviewing then-University of Kentucky president Lee Todd in Frankfort. Czar has been named the new reporter and “Morning Edition” anchor for WUKY-FM 91.3. © Herald-Leader file photo by David Perry.

WUKY-FM 91.3 has tapped a familiar voice as its new reporter and anchor.

Karyn Czar, whose past credits include news reporter for WLAP-AM 630 and Lee Cruse’s co-host on the WXZZ-FM 103.3 morning show, will take over the post vacated last month when Brenna Angel went to work for Lexington mayor Jim Gray’s office. Czar is the social media and marketing director for the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, a post she will leave to join WUKY on July 1.

Czar is also well known for her roles in local stage productions, most recently the title role in Balagula Theatre’s 2011 production of Amy Sedaris’ The Book of Liz.

As a reporter, she garnered numerous Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press Awards before she was laid off from WLAP in a large round of cuts at the station’s parent company, Clear Channel, in 2009.

“I am thrilled to have someone as accomplished as Karyn Czar join our news team,” WUKY news director Alan Lytle said in a news release. “She’s a consummate professional, and it’ll be great hearing her voice on Lexington radio once again.”

In the same release, Czar said, “I’m thrilled to join a station where local and timely news is a priority and WUKY continues to make that commitment day in and day out. I’ve worked alongside several WUKY staff members in the past, and I know this is a perfect fit for the station and for me. I can’t wait to start pounding the pavement again for great stories that impact our community!”

At WUKY, she likely will be involved in reporting a story that put her predecessor in the headlines and in court. Angel won a ruling from the state Attorney General’s Office which said UK violated state open-records laws by denying her request for certain information regarding the pediatric cardiothoracic program at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, which has been suspended pending an internal review. The University sued Angel, but not the station, saying turning over the records would violate federal health care privacy laws. The lawsuit is still pending.

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