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Cincinnati’s WXIX Gets a New Newsroom

wxix ribbon cutting ceremonyCincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX opened its new newsroom in a ceremony Tuesday.

Staffers had been working in the basement for six months while the new facility, which includes 15 monitors that show the Cincinnati local stations as well as the cable news networks, was built.

“This space was designed to make our news gathering machine more efficient, and candidly more competitive,” WXIX general manager Bill Lanesey said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “…We feel the space will give us a leg up as we compete and, in turn, navigate the increasingly-important digital space.” [h/t Cincinnati Enquirer]

Meteorologist Katy Morgan Joins WZTV

Katy Morgan is joining Nashville Fox affiliate WZTV as the chief meteorologist, she announced on Facebook.

Morgan announced her departure from WXIX last month. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Steve Norris will appear on WXIX’s weekend morning newscasts until the Fox affiliate hires another meteorologist.

Steve Norris will fill in weekend mornings until WXIX-TV hires another meteorologist.

Cincinnati Reporter Busted for DUI

WCPO KENDALL MUG_1387920874381_1701845_ver1.0_640_480Kendall Herold, a reporter for Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, has been arrested for DUI.

The station reported the news on its website saying she was released from jail last Thursday morning after being arrested last Wednesday night.

A check of the website tveyes by TVSpy showed news of Herold’s arrest first appeared on the station’s air on Christmas Eve, six days after it happened.

According to NewsBlues, the station first reported the arrest only after they checked with the station for comment.

TVSpy has asked WCPO for comment but has not heard back yet.

Meteorologist Katy Morgan Leaving WXIX

katy morgan wxixKaty Morgan is leaving Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX for a chief meteorologist job in a larger market, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Morgan joined WXIX in 2010 as the weekend morning meteorologist. She will sign off from the station when her contract expires on December 31. “We certainly don’t blame her for taking his opportunity, because we have a chief (Steve Horstmeyer) and we are very happy with him,” general manager Bill Lanesey told the Enquirer.

Before WXIX, Morgan worked at WMBF in Myrtle Beach and KSNT in Topeka, Kansas.

WCPO Hires Ken Broo as Sports Anchor

ken broo_304Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO has added Ken Broo as sports anchor and reporter.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with the pros at 9 On Your Side,” Broo said in a statement. “I’ve always admired them as competitors. It will be terrific working alongside the incomparable John Popovich and with former colleagues Clyde Gray and chief meteorologist Steve Raleigh.”

Broo is a veteran in Cincinnati sports. He worked for nearly 17 years at WLWT and six years at WKRC. He has also worked in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa,OK, and Tampa, FL.

Cincinnati Reporter Asks Viewers to ‘Like’ Him So He Can Adopt Shelter Dog

gumm_dog_wkrcWKRC reporter John Gumm took to his facebook page to accept his wife’s challenge of trading ‘likes’ for a new dog.

The reporter for the Cincinnati CBS affiliate wrote on his page,  “We have a Bichon Frise at home who is 15. I want another. My wife isn’t convinced. She says if I can get 10,000 likes by the end of today I can adopt this friendly guy from my friends at SPCA Cincinnati. I’m in love. Help me out!”

Even though Gumm had 12, 367 likes as of this writing, this did not have a happy ending for Gumm. The dog was adopted before he could get to the SPCA.

“I am so happy for the family who adopted him and hope they give him lots of love and I hope he gives them as much love as we have received from our 15 year old Bichon Calvin (pictured here)!,” wrote Gumm on a later facebook post. “That said, we will be looking to add another shelter or rescue dog to our home.”

Cincinnati’s WXIX Hires Little Rock Reporter

hutson_croppedLisa Hutson will join Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX December 30.

Hutson is a multimedia journalist for Little Rock, AR, CBS affiliate KTHV.

Arkansas TV News reports Hutson said, “It’s the home of the Bengals, the Reds, Jerry Springer and soon the newest reporter for WXIX Fox 19 Lisa Hutson. I’m happy to announce me & Wayne Cross (sic) will be moving to Cincinnati, OH this December to take on a new challenge.”

According to her bio, Hutson started her career at the age of 15. She was a production assistant shooting news and sports for local channel TV3.

Jacki Jing Joins Cincinnati FOX Affiliate

jing_wxix_croppedWXIX has announced Jacki Jing will join Rob Williams as co-anchor of the FOX19 Morning News.

>RELATED: Cincinnati Morning Team Reveals Spray Can Hair Bromance

Jing comes to WXIX from KDVR-KWGN in Denver, CO, where she was a reporter and anchor the morning traffic reporter and occasionally filled-in as a reporter and anchor.

“Journalists are asked to wear many hats, particularly in the morning,” WXIX news director Kevin Roach said in a statement. “Jacki strikes the right balance between being a strong serious journalist, while also the kind of person who will put a smile on your face in the morning.”

Jing started her career in Binghamton, NY. Before moving to KDVR-KWGN, she worked at WWLP in Springfield, MA.

The station said she will start in November.

Cincinnati Morning Team Reveals Spray Can Hair Bromance

WXIX anchor Rob Williams and weatherman Frank Marzullo showed viewers of the Cincinnati FOX affiliate how far one anchor bro will sometimes go for another anchor bro in an anchor bromance.

“So this is how Rob does my hair,” said Marzullo grabbing a can of what looked like spray paint.

“Do you see he’s bald right here?” said Williams with the camera zoomed in on Marzullo’s bald spot as he sprayed the dark mystery matter on Marzullo’s dome.”See how it covers a little bit? See how that works? And just so you know, this is like part of my job.”

“It is,” affirmed Marzullo. “You negotiated that in your contract.”

Williams later told viewers the product was called Hair Powder by Bumble and Bumble just in case you, too, want to live the miracle that is spray hair in a can.

Erica Collura Joining WKRC in Cincinnati

WHIO_collura_croppedErica Collura, the meteorologist who recently left WHIO in Dayton, OH, isn’t moving far. Cincinnati’s WKRC announced she will join the Sinclair owned CBS affiliate next Thursday, October 24.

“We are happy to have a meteorologist like Erica joining The Weather Authority team at Local 12,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “Her experience in forecasting the weather for our part of the country makes her a great addition to what is now the largest team of broadcast meteorologists in the Tri-State.”

Collura, who started her career at WHIO, will work on the WKRC 4:00 p.m. news and the 10:00 p.m. news on the digital CW subchannel.

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