reports that 'Survivor: Marquesas' contestant Tammy Leitner will join the news staff of KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, starting September 3rd. The 29-year-old will serve as the station's crime reporter.

"Her communication skills and her aggressive reporting abilities will be a valuable asset to our growing newsroom," Mitch Jacob, KPHO's news director, says of Leitner. "The streets of the [Phoenix area] will seem tame to her after her experience as a 'Survivor Marquesas' participant."

Leitner has worked as a cops reporter for the East Valley Tribune in nearby Mesa, Ariz., for the past 2 1/2 years and has also worked for newspapers in New York. In the process, Leitner has won several awards for her newspaper reporting, including honors for stories on mob informant Sammy "The Bull" Gravano and an Arizona connection to terrorist attacks. She's also working on a true-crime book.