C.J.: Broadcasting baby news for Betker, Renner and Brundidge

  • Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 16, 2014 - 9:44 PM

KARE 11 meteorologist Laura Betker

There are confirmed “baby bumps” on KARE 11 meteorologist Laura Betker and KSTP-TV reporter Kate Renner.

A little peplum number Betker wore, I think it was last month, caught my eye.

Then on July 6, Donna of Maple Grove, Robin of Burnsville and Janet each fired e-mails my way.

After the first one, I went to Twitter to ask Betker: Is there an announcement you’ll make anytime soon?

Betker was silent, until she tweeted “I assume you saw the news ... there is a baby bump!”

Asked to e-mail what she shared on Facebook, Betker sent this: “It’s true, we’re having a baby! Some of you have already noticed my growing baby bump. My husband, Bryan, and I are so happy to announce that we are expecting our first little one come January 2015! Due date is Jan 9.”

Last week, I was watching KSTP-TV news when I noticed something about Kate Renner, so I asked via Twitter.

“Thanks for the inquiry,” wrote Renner. “I wasn’t planning on making any grand announcement ... but I’ll admit over the next 5 months you’ll see the big news reveal itself!”

That wasn’t as clear as Renner’s usual reporting style, so I asked again to make sure we were talking about the same thing.

“Yes, I’m due in December. We’re really excited!” wrote Renner.

I also asked Renner if she is related to former KSTP reporter Jackie Renner, because they share that strong reporter gene.

“I have been asked that question about Jackie Renner a lot. But it turns out I’m not related to her and have never even met her. She sounds like a good reporter though,” wrote Renner.

Congrats to Betker, Renner and a former Hubbard Broadcasting staffer, Sheletta Brundidge.


And Baby makes D

Sheletta Brundidge is expecting “the D Baby and it is a boy.”

I had no idea what the assignments editor at Houston’s ABC 13 was talking about Wednesday when I asked if she was far enough along for me to write about her latest collaboration with hospital executive husband Shawn Brundidge. D Baby?

“Yeah, our kids are named in alphabetical order: Andrew, 8, Brandon, 2, Cameron, 1, aka C.J. Jr., and this is the D Baby. It’s something Shawn started doing. He doesn’t let me in on everything,” she said.

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