Joe Staszak, who's done sports reporting on and off for Fox29 since 2002, has just been signed as a full-time sports anchor/reporter, reporting three days and anchoring the weekends. (Bill Vargus has been doing weeknights at the station, which still has not named a replacement for Don Tollefson, who was let go in July.)
Terms were not disclosed, but smart money suggests that the deal is for two years.
The Berwyn-bred Staszak, 41, was first hired in 2002 as a fill-in sports anchor and associate producer for Eagles Game Day Live, which he did for two seasons. He returned in March as a freelancer. During this time, he also was in-game reporter for the Flyers and a sideline reporter for the Mountain West Network.
His past includes sports anchoring at WGAL-TV in Lancaster and CBS3, and he was a sports producer for WB17, plus sideline reporter for Phantoms, Wings and Kixx on SportsNet. Dating him even further, he was a live event producer and reporter for PRISM/SPORTSCHANNEL.
Staszak is a client of Philly attorney Lloyd Zane Remick, who by coincidence represents Fox29 traffic anchor Dorothy Krysiuk. Remick told me today that after seven years on the dawn patrol, Krysiuk "decided to seek another opportunities" and that her last day will be Oct. 31. A station spokeswoman said freelancers would fill in until a new hire is on board.