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WKRC Adds Sheila Gray to Morning Team

gray_croppedCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC has announced the addition of Sheila Gray to its morning news team.

Gray is a familiar face to Cincinnati viewers. She left Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX in August 2013 after turning down a contract offer and was named special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcasting one week later.

WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement, “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to bring one of Cincinnati’s favorite morning anchors back home to become part of the market’s number one morning news team, right here at Local 12.”

Gray will co-anchor Good Morning Cincinnati from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. with John Lomax. She will join Bob Herzog on the 7:00 a.m. show on MyTV affiliate WSTR.

Mike Dunston Leaving WEWS

MikeDunston_WEWSWEWS morning anchor Mike Dunston has announced he’s leaving the Cleveland ABC affiliate.

“After more than two years at WEWS, it’s with a heavy heart that I’m sharing with you that my last day at the station will be March 7th,” Dunston wrote on his facebook page. “I want to thank the Northeast Ohio community for their kind words and support. See ya at the next Cavs game!”

Dunston started working at WEWS in 2011. According to his station bio, he has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, FL, The Washington Post and stations in Houston, Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Dayton, OH.

Anchor Names Every US President During Newscast


WLNS morning anchor Evan Pinsonnault managed to drop the name of every US President into the Lansing, MI, CBS affiliate’s morning show yesterday.

The video above has been edited, though. The pictures of the presidents have been added.

Regardless, sit back, press play and let the subtle sounds of presidential name dropping in the interest of education begin!

WTVC Launches Weekend Morning Newscast

lauren st germainChattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC has named an anchor team for its weekend morning newscast, which will launch next month: anchor Lauren St. Germain (pictured), meteorologist Jason Disharoon and reporter Betsy Goldin.

“We waited to expand Good Morning Chattanooga on Saturday and Sunday until we could do it right – right in terms of staffing, right in terms of resources,” general manager Mike Costa said in a statement. “To do that, it means expanding our news staff – to have a dedicated team focused on producing a weekend morning newscast that will be fresh and useful. That’s what we’ve done: a great new team, for a great new show.”

St. Germain joins WTVC from WTVY in Dothan, Ala., where she anchored the 9 p.m. newscast. Goldin most recently worked at WJHG in Panama City, Fla., where she was a producer and reporter on the noon newscast. Disharoon, currently WTVC’s weekend meteorologist, has worked at the station since 2011,

Cincinnati Anchor Leaving to be With Husband in SF Bay Area

wilson_wkrcWKRC morning anchor Tiffany Wilson has announced she’s leaving the Cincinnati CBS affiliate.

“For three years, my husband and I have commuted across time zones juggling careers we both love,” said Wilson. “After more than 50 cross-country flights, we feel it is time to be together.”

Wilson started at WKRC in 2010.

WKRC GM Jon Lawhead said in a statement, “While we are sorry to see her leave, we know that she and Matt certainly deserve to be living happily together in the same city. Of course, we wish that could be Cincinnati, but our loss is the Bay Area’s gain.”

Her last day will be March 7.

WTHR Expands Morning Newscast

WTHR_NBC_13Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR is expanding its weekday morning newscast by 30 minutes beginning next month.

“Hoosiers wake up to Channel 13 and for those who need to get up extra early we’re pleased that they will be able to watch their favorite morning show and favorite morning team a half hour earlier,” general manager Larry Delia said in a statement.

Beginning February 24, the morning newscast will begin at 4 a.m. instead of 4:30 a.m. WTHR is moving NBC’s “Early Today,” which currently airs at 4 a.m., to COZI-TV.

Anchor Shuffle at Austin FOX Station

petrowski_ktbcKTBC weekend anchor Lauren Petrowski is moving to “Good Day Austin” for the FOX owned station.

Beginning Monday, February 3 she’ll join Amanda Salinas and Dave Froelich.

Petrowski replaces Keri Bellacosa who left the station last week. Michael Lewis, KTBC GM said in a statement, “We mutually agreed to part ways. We want to thank Keri for her many contributions to FOX 7 during her time with us.”

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Tiffany Tarpley Joins WKYC in Cleveland

tiffany tarpleyTiffany Tarpley is joining Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC as a multimedia journalist, the station has announced on its Director’s Cut blog.

Tarpley, an Ohio native, is currently a reporter at WDJT in Milwaukee. Before that, she worked at stations in Toledo and Lima, Ohio. In her new role at WKYC, which begins in March, she will report for the morning newscast.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work in my home market and join the talented team of journalists at WKYC,” Tarpley said.

Kirk Mason Debuts on WWMT in Grand Rapids

kirk masonKirk Mason made his debut as the morning anchor at WWMT, the CBS affiliate in Grand Rapids, today.

“When I met with Kirk, what struck me right away was how comfortable he is in all situations,” WWMT news director Steve Koles told mlive.com. “He’s able to handle breaking news like the veteran journalist that he is, but turn around a few minutes later and have fun with his co-anchors or a guest who is on the set for an interview.”

Mason joins the station from WSBT, the CBS affiliate in South Bend. He has previously worked at WJFW in Rhinelander, Wisc. and KSPR in Springfield, Mo.

John Seibel Named Morning Anchor at WDTN

john seidelJohn Seibel is joining Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN as the co-anchor of the morning newscast.

Seibel is a Dayton native and a Gulf War veteran. He comes to WDTN from Pittsburgh, where was a radio host who helped launch the first all-sports radio station in the city. Prior to that, he worked at ESPN.

“I’ve covered stories and experienced nearly every corner of the country, but I’m excited to be coming home,” Seibel said in a statement. “I look forward to beginning each morning with the viewers of 2 NEWS and I’m excited to join the 2 NEWSToday team.”

Beginning January 27, Seibel will join Holly Samuels and meteorologist Jamie Jarosik on the station’s morning newscast.

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