Meteorologist Kevin Benson won’t return to Channel 11 newscasts.
“Kevin Benson is no longer with WPXI-TV,” Channel 11 news director Scott Trabandt confirmed Tuesday. “We do not comment further on employee matters.”
The Post-Gazette reported on Nov. 6 that Mr. Benson was charged with driving under the influence in Washington County in September. A blood test showed that Mr. Benson had a blood alcohol content almost four times the legal limit and had an inactive cocaine metabolite in his blood, according to a criminal complaint.
“All I can tell you is I’ve been on radio and TV for 40 years and I’ve been with [WPXI] since 1987. I made a mistake and I’m hoping they’ll be understanding,” Mr. Benson said earlier this month. “I’ve never had a bit of trouble in all these years.”
Attempts to reach Mr. Benson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Earlier this month, neither Mr. Trabandt nor Mr. Benson would say whether Mr. Benson had been suspended or taken off the air. Mr. Benson’s photo and biography have been removed from the station’s website, WPXI.com.
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