LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – Former longtime Lexington television reporter and anchor Kristen Pflum will join Marvin Bartlett on the anchor desk of WDKY’s “Fox 56 10 O’clock News.”
Pflum, who goes by Kristen Nicole on the air at Chicago’s Fox affiliate since 2016, decided now is the time return to Kentucky.
Pflum, who worked at WLEX for 11 years before going to Chicago, is expecting her third child this summer.
“I am going to take some time off to enjoy maternity leave with all my boys, but this fall I am thrilled to be joining Marvin Bartlett anchoring central Kentucky’s first and most watched 10 p.m. newscast on Fox 56,” Pflum said. “I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect scenario for my family. I’ll get to spend my days with my boys and in the evenings do what I love to do: tell central Kentucky’s stories and reconnect with the people who made my 11 years in Lexington so unforgettable.”
Current WDKY anchor Erika Abe is leaving May 31 to earn her master’s degree in international relations from Harvard University. She will continue to live in Central Kentucky, taking courses both online and on the Harvard campus.
“What an adventure these past five years have been,” Abe said. ” I’m thankful for my time as an anchor with Fox. It’s been the perfect stepping stone in my career. I had been reporting for four years and this part-time position came at a perfect time while my kids were little.”
Pflum will begin work at WDKY in October.
“Erika has been an integral part of the 10 p.m. news. We are so appreciative and thrilled about her new adventure. I know she will excel down this new path and continue to be successful,” said WDKY General Manager Jennifer Rieffer. “In October, we will be embarking on a new beginning with Kristen Pflum joining Marvin on the anchor desk. It’s exciting to be a small part of bringing Kristen back to the Bluegrass so she can be close to her family. I know central Kentucky viewers will welcome her back with open arms.”
Since 1995, WKYT and WDKY have partnered on producing the 10 p.m. newscast which consistently ranks among the highest rated in the country. In 2008, the stations expanded to add a weekday morning newscast on WDKY.