KARE 11's Lauren Leamanczyk moving to afternoons, to be replaced on 'Sunrise' by new anchor Gia Vang

The changes take effect in July.
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KARE 11 is adding a new face to its "Sunrise" A.M. show, and moving one of its morning anchors to the afternoons, the station announced in a news release.

Let's start with the latter:

Lauren Leamanczyk, who joined KARE in 2016, will be moving from the morning show to the 5 p.m. newscast. In the new time slot, she'll join an anchor team with Julie Nelson, Randy Shaver, Belinda Jensen and Eric Perkins

Her addition will come as KARE rethinks its format for the 5 p.m. news, with Director of Content Stuart Boslow saying they're "creating a new ensemble cast to showcase and tell stories differently."

Viewers will see what that format looks like in July, when Leamanczyk begins her new role. She will continue working on the KARE 11 Investigates team as well, the station said.

So who is taking her place on the "KARE 11 Sunrise" team?

That would be, Gia Vang, an anchor who was most recently at KMPH in Fresno, California. She'll join Kris Laudien, Alicia Lewis and Sven Sundgaard on "Sunrise" from 4:30-7 a.m. on weekdays.

Vang was born in Modesto, California, and her parents moved to the U.S. from Laos during the Vietnam War, she said in a video for her former station.

Vang told the Hmong California Directory Txahwb she remembers watching the local news at home with her parents growing up.

"But as a young Hmong girl, I never imagined I’d ever be a news anchor because I didn’t see anyone who particularly looked like me in those days," she added.

Vang will start at KARE on Monday, July 8.

KARE 11 just added a new weekend meteorologist as well, Jason Disharoon. You can read more about his hire here.

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