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Josh Benson Joins WFOR as Morning Co-Anchor

Josh Benson is joining WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami, as c0-anchor of the morning newscast.

Benson comes from WFTV, the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, where he spent two years as the station’s evening anchor. At WFOR, he will co-anchor from 5 to 7 a.m. alongside Rhiannon Ally. His first day will be August 27.

“We are very excited to introduce Josh Benson to our viewers,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said in a statement announcing the hire. “His on-air presence, energy, and journalism skills will make him a great addition to our morning team.”

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Rhiannon Ally Named Morning Anchor at WFOR

Rhiannon Ally has been named morning anchor at WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami.

Ally joins WFOR from another CBS O&O, New York City’s WCBS, on February 13. She will co-anchor the 5-7 a.m. newscast alongside Jawan Strader.

Ally replaces Marybel Rodriguez, who has been filling in as co-anchor on the morning newscast for several months. In a statement announcing Ally’s hire, WFOR vice president and general manager Adam Levy said Rodriguez will continue to anchor the noon newscast, calling her “an important part of our news team.”

Ally’s husband, Mike Marza, is an anchor at rival WSVN, the Miami Fox-affiliate.

Mike Marusarz changes channels, cities, and his name

Mike Marusarz, most recently doing freelance reporting and anchoring for ABC News in New York, is joining Sunbeam’s WSVN 7 News in South Florida.

He’ll be changing his on-air name in the process to Mike Marza. Beginning next month, Marza will co-anchor, with Lynn Martinez (Olson) the 4, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 evening newscasts. He’ll also report, and fill-in for Craig Stevens, on the 10pm news.

Marusarz has been in New York since leaving KSHB in his native Kansas City in January 2010. Marusarz’s wife, Rhiannon Ally, who also worked in Kansas City at KCTV, moved to New York to co-host Meredith Corp.’s “Better TV.” But it looks like she is South Florida-bound too.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining WSVN and the Sunbeam Television family,” said Marusarz in a press release. “My wife and I are ecstatic to settle into South Florida and make Miami our home.”

Marusarz replaces Charles Billi who left WSVN in February after 12 years with the station.