Anchor Babes


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The high-priced, highly competitive world of TV journalism has been known to make monsters of mortals who crave the lights, camera and action of adrenaline- and ego-driven news. And so, when a number of San Diego’s top-ranking anchorwomen came together one recent morning, it’s no wonder squeals and screams were heard.

Ah, but not over what you might think.

Not over whose wedding rock was bigger, whose salary was steeper, or even whose tummy was tighter. These women were ga-ga over baby talk. About real babies. Lots of them.

If you had passed by Del Mar’s Powerhouse Park that morning, you might have assumed these women—dressed in sweats and ballcaps, and mostly sans makeup—were just good friends ... who happen to be bright and beautiful new mothers. Some were in their first pregnancy or on their first child; others were on their second or third go at motherhood. All talked about loving their jobs, yet trying to find balance while covering news that often is neither pleasant nor compatible with morning sickness or motherhood.

Local News 8 moms include Barbara-Lee Edwards (mother to 6-year-old Kirsten, and expecting a son in July); Kathleen Bade (mother of 2-year-old son Jackson and 2-month-old daughter Campbell); Angie Lee (who gave birth to son Kaylib in March); and Renee Sanchez (mom to 3-month-old Nina).

WB 5/69’s Adriana Alcaraz is the baby of the mothers’ group; just 29 and newly married, she’s expecting daughter Eleni in August. KGTV 10’s Lauren Reynolds’ 2-year-old son Jake was joined by brother Aiden in March. NBC 7/39’s Deborah Takahara’s son Alexander is a year old. KUSI 9/51’s Susan Lennon’s son Nicholas is just short of a year.

And former anchor (at KUSI and Fox) Anita Lightfoot, due in August, is freelancing from home these days, watching over 1-year-old Alexa and 5-year-old Blake.

Fox’s Estha Trouw is the only mom not in a hurry to return home this day to scheduled feedings and naps. That’s because she’s getting a much-deserved break while leaving her three kids (9, 5 and 9 months) in the capable hands of her new husband, Fox’s news director Al Pando.

While their charges played, slept and collected fond looks, our anchor babes talked about life with their anchor babies.

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