Jason Wheeler, KEYE‘s senior reporter and former anchor of the station’s late afternoon news and entertainment program, “Austin Live,” is leaving for Dallas. Wheeler has reportedly been named a weekend anchor at WFAA, the Belo-owned station in the Metroplex.
Wheeler has been anchoring the Live News Desk on KEYE’s 5 p.m. news, which debuted last spring. He has also been the primary fill-in anchor and senior reporter for the 10 p.m. newscast.
Wheeler won the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters 2008 “Best Reporter” award, and also has earned an Emmy award and two Edward R. Murrow Awards in a TV career that has taken him to stations in Miami, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, and El Paso.
Wheeler’s replacement is already on duty at KEYE. He’s Adam Racusin, who comes to Austin from KCOY in the Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo- Santa Barbara-Paso Robles, California market.
According to the KCOY web site, Racusin joined that station in 2008 as a general assignment reporter and also anchored weekends.
The Los Angeles native served previously as a producer/reporter at KULR, Billings, Montana, worked as a programming assistant at KROQ radio in Los Angeles and also served as a phone screener on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Loveline”.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from California State University, Northridge.