SAAHJ statement regarding KSAT not renewing Isis Romero’s contract

The San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists is shocked and troubled by the termination of Isis Romero from her position as the longtime, revered anchor for KSAT-TV’s Nightbeat. Her departure comes just seven weeks after SAAHJ released its diversity audit of TV anchors, in which Romero co-led.

The audit revealed a severe lack of Latino representation among anchors in San Antonio’s top four general market stations. It pointed out that only 21 percent of KSAT’s anchors were Latino. Overall, Latinos made up only a quarter of all anchors at the time the report was published in May, compared to a city where Latinos make up 65 percent of the population.

“We are deeply concerned about the decision by KSAT not to renew Isis Romero’s contract. She has been part of our association family for years. The lack of representation of Latinos and Hispanic journalists in news in San Antonio is beyond disappointing. Her departure means one less Latina at the anchor desk,” said Laura Garcia, president of SAAHJ.

After the audit was published, KSAT leadership contacted SAAHJ to have a meeting to discuss their diversity efforts. SAAHJ appreciated the outreach, though it appears the meeting has not resulted in the improvement of on-air diversity.

Romero was born and raised in Robstown, a small town near Corpus Christi. She has been a fixture in the San Antonio television scene for more than a decade, serving as a Tejana role model for the community. We look forward to learning more about the circumstances of her departure.