KHQ fires anchor Randy Shaw
Termination came on heels of harrassment claim
By Jim Kershner
A statement issued by KHQ-6 management on Wednesday said: “KHQ-TV anchorman Randy Shaw was placed on paid Administrative Leave recently during the investigation of a claim of harassment by a co-worker. His behavior has been a continuing concern for the management and employees of the station. His unwillingness to address these issues in any meaningful way left KHQ no option other than terminating his employment.”
Attempts to reach Shaw late Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Shaw has been off the air for almost a month. The station’s management first said he was on vacation. More recently, the station’s fill-in newscasters were opening their newscasts with, “Randy Shaw has the night off.”
KHQ-6 General Manager Lon Lee provided no further details on Shaw’s firing and declined to name the co-worker referred to in the statement.
Shaw’s termination comes four weeks after his co-anchor, Penny Daniels, left the station after asking to be let out of her contract. Asked Wednesday if Shaw’s departure was connected in any way with her situation, Daniels said, “I’d rather not comment on that.”
Shaw, 53, has been an anchor at KHQ-6 for more than 17 years and may be Spokane’s best-known face. Shaw placed in five separate categories in this year’s Spokesman-Review Reader Review poll, finishing first in the favorite TV personality category for the third straight year and first in “Local person you wish would run for public office.”
Shaw flirted with the idea of public office in 1993, when he said he might challenge then-Speaker of the House Tom Foley. Shaw decided against it.
Shaw is also well known as a western musician. His countrywestern band, The Randy Shaw Band, is one of the most popular bands in Spokane.
Shaw has been involved in many charitable organizations in Spokane, and is known as an advocate for literacy causes.
Thursday, November 9, 2000