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Atlanta Stations Balance State of the Union and Weather Coverage

Atlanta stations balanced two major stories — the President’s fifth State of the Union address and a winter storm blanketing the Deep South — during primetime Tuesday night.

CBS affiliate WGCL stayed in local coverage until immediately before the President was announced, opting out of Scott Pelley‘s national broadcast until 9:14 p.m. The station kept up a lower-third with school closings and other weather-related information during the speech. Scott Light and Stephany Fisher took over with storm coverage at the conclusion of the CBS special report around 10:45 p.m.

NBC affiliate WXIA took Brian Williams‘ national coverage on its main channel beginning at 9pmET. The station kept up a banner informing viewers that storm coverage continued on its subchannel. WXIA went back to local coverage at 10:50 p.m., with Brenda Wood and Jeff Hullinger anchoring.

Fox owned WAGA broadcast Shepard Smith‘s report beginning at 9pmET. Cynne Simpson and Russ Spencer took over with local coverage at the conclusion of Smith’s national broadcast at 10:44 p.m.

ABC affiliate WSB also took ABC’s national coverage with Diane Sawyer and and George Stephanopoulos beginning at 9pmET. Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore took over at 10:42 p.m., immediately after the conclusion of the GOP response.

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Scott Light Joins WGCL as Evening Anchor

WGCL has announced Scott Light will join Stephany Fisher and Tracye Hutchins as evening anchor for the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

“It may not be my home state of Virginia, but this move to Georgia certainly feels like coming home,” Scott said in a statement. “As a broadcaster from the south, I know Atlanta is THE headquarters for TV news.”

Scott comes from KPNX in Phoenix, AZ, where he anchored for ten years. He has also worked in Raleigh, NC, Salt Lake City and Richmond, VA.

Tracye Hutchins to Move from Mornings To Evenings for WGCL

WGCL announced Tracye Hutchins will move from the mornings to co-anchoring the evening news with Stephany Fisher, starting in September.

“It is clear to anyone who has seen Tracye and Stephany together that they are a powerful team,” Lane Michaelsen, news director for the Meredith owned Atlanta CBS affiliate, said in a statement. “Anyone who has watched Tracye 4:30a-7am knows that she can handle every situation and do it all with a smile.”

Hutchins has been anchoring the WGCL morning news since joining the station in 2007. Before coming to WGCL, Hutchins worked at KFMB in San Diego. She’s also worked for CNN Headline News.

The station also promised it would announce one more member of the evening anchor team soon.

WESH Sports Anchor Guy Rawlings Joins WGCL As News Anchor: ‘Local Sports Seems To Be Shrinking’

Guy Rawlings, a sports anchor at WESH in Orlando, is joining WGCL in Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Rawlings will make the switch from sports to news when he joins WGCL, a CBS-affiliate. He will co-anchor the evening newscasts with Stephany Fisher, and he will also contribute to the WGCL weekend sports team, primarily during football season.

“I wanted to try something different, look for a new challenge,” Rawlings said. “A lot of my friends who are sports anchors are unemployed. Local sports seems to be shrinking. This opportunity is a hybrid of news and sports.”

His last day at WESH is December 23, and he will start at WGCL in early 2012.