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Melissa Voetsch Joins WTVG in Toledo

Melissa-VoetschMore than a year after health issues forced her to leave Toledo CBS affiliate WTOL, Melissa Voetsch has returned to the airwaves on rival WTVG. Voetch, who anchored the morning newscasts at WTOL, suffers from a heart condition.

“Melissa Voetsch joined 13abc this week on a temporary basis to help us with some staffing needs. She will be a general assignment reporter and we are delighted to have someone of her abilities on our team,” Brian Trauring, the ABC affiliate’s news director, told TVSpy.

The Toledo Blade reports Voetsch will be with WTVG for at least the next three months.

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Tina Shaerban Says Goodbye to Toledo’s WTOL

Tina Shaerban is signing off today from WTOL, the CBS-affiliate in Toledo, according to the Toledo Blade.

Shaerban, the morning traffic reporter at WTOL, has been with the station for two years. She has been anchoring the 9 a.m. newscast during Melissa Voetsch‘s medical leave. Shaerban is moving back to her hometown, Cleveland, with her family.

“She brings a natural joy with her to our newsroom every single day. It’s the kind of brightness and enthusiasm that’s not easy to find,” news director C.J. Hoyt said. Hoyt noted the station is searching for a replacement for an early August debut.

Heart Condition Forces Anchor Melissa Voetsch to Take More Time Off From WTOL

Toledo’s WTOL announced this week that anchor Melissa Voetsch is taking another medical leave due to a heart condition.

Voetsch, who anchors the morning and 9 a.m. newscasts at the Toledo CBS-affiliate, began having health problems in November after she had a virus that severely lowered the functionality of her heart, according to the station.

“We wanted to let you know that she’s going to be taking an extended break from WTOL to make sure she’s 100 percent healthy,” Chris Vickers told viewers on Tuesday. “The good news is she does continue to improve every day and this break is exactly what her doctors think she needs to fully recover.” Read more

Melissa Voetsch on Indefinite Leave from WTOL Due to Heart Condition

Morning anchor Melissa Voetsch is on indefinite medical leave from Toledo’s WTOL after being diagnosed with myocarditis, a condition that severely lowers functionality of the heart.

Voetsch was getting ready for work one morning in late October when she began experiencing trouble breathing, according to the station. Her condition may have developed after battling pneumonia this summer.

“As soon as she’s better and can come back, we’ll welcome her with open arms,” WTOL news director C.J. Hoyt told the Toledo Blade. “We can’t wait to see her. [But] it all depends on how she responds to treatment. Our first priority is making sure she gets better.” Read more

Exodus at Toledo’s WTOL: News Director, Anchor, Meteorologist All Leaving

News director Andi Roman (right) is leaving WTOL after more than a decade with the station, and her departure comes as two other high-profile members of the CBS-affiliate’s news team are set to exit.

Morning anchor and reporter Lauren Lowrey, who joined WTOL in 2008, is leaving to join Indianapolis’s WISH, and morning meteorologist Mike Stone, a native of New Jersey, has decided to return to the east coast to be closer to his family (although it’s been reported that WTOL was asking him to take a significant pay cut).

Family is also the reason that Roman gave for her departure. The mother of two teenage sons, Roman tells the Toledo Blade that she wants to “able to spend more time with them.”

WTOL is currently searching for Roman’s replacement. Her last day is set for June 6th.

Melissa Voetsch, who anchors WTOL’s 9-10 a.m. morning show, will expand her a.m. hours and replace Lowrey on the early morning anchor desk.