NISKAYUNA – Reporter Heather Kovar will remain off-air through the end of her contract with CBS6-WRGB after a weekend broadcast in which she appeared disheveled and slurred some of her words during a broadcast on Saturday evening.
The Emmy Award-winning anchor, who has been with the station for six years, told The Gazette she was sleep-deprived and exhausted. She’d also recently lost her father and returned to work in June after being away on family leave.
Kovar seemed disoriented during the 6 p.m. newscast on Saturday and misspoke several times. She also misidentified meteorologist Craig Gold when introducing the weather segment.
Following the broadcast, some viewers posted their concern and support for Kovar on Twitter and Facebook, while others were critical. Clips from the broadcast have been widely shared and the story has made national headlines.
“I returned from family leave following my dad’s death. Then later, this past Friday, I notified the station I would not be renewing my contract which expires July 31st. Saturday I was scheduled to work the early morning 6 a.m. shift and the evening shift. I was sleep-deprived and exhausted,” Kovar said.
Over the weekend, Kovar tweeted that she was scheduled to work split shifts; broadcasting from 6 to 8 a.m. and then at 6 and 11 p.m. on Saturday and then again from 7 to 9 a.m. and at 6:30 and 11 p.m. Sunday. In that tweet, she added, “It’s another marathon weekend!”
The station, which is owned by Sinclair, brought in Greg Floyd and other anchors to fill in for the rest of the weekend after the 6 p.m. broadcast on Saturday.
“Prior to the incident that occurred on air this past weekend, Heather informed the station that she would not be renewing her contract, ending on July 31, 2022. It has been decided that she will remain off the air for the remainder of her contract,” said Robert Croteau, vice president and general manager of CBS6.
Kovar has been a weekend anchor with the local station for several years. Previously, she worked at WTEN/News10 ABC and as a freelance news correspondent for CBS Newspath in London.