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Former Miami, Cleveland Anchor John Hambrick Dies at 73

John Hambrick, a veteran local news anchor, died Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 73.

Hambrick was the primary anchor at WTVJ in Miami from 1985 to 1989. He would later join rival WCIX (now WFOR). Before moving to South Florida, he worked at local stations around the country including WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati.

“John was a legend in this community,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan told the Miami Herald. “He set a standard that all of us in the local television industry strive to meet, simply because it makes us all better at what we do. John was larger than life — not surprising because he was a fellow Texan — but also due to his authoritative delivery and his commanding presence.”

Traffic Reporter Denise Johnson Joins WXIX

Former WCPO traffic reporter Denise Johnson is joining rival WXIX, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Johnson parted ways with WCPO, the Cincinnati ABC affiliate, last year. “I’m very excited about being back on the air. I have kept myself busy for 1-1/2 years, doing a lot of different things. I didn’t realize how much I missed it,” Johnson told the Enquirer.

She will make her official debut on the Fox affiliate September 1. She replaces Stephanie Woods, who is leaving the station and moving to Philadelphia.

Hagit Limor Joins WXIX From Rival WCPO

Hagit Limor is switching stations in Cincinnati. Limor, an investigative reporter, joins Fox affiliate WXIX after 19 years at ABC affiliate WCPO, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports:

Limor will not appear on Channel 19 until later this fall, pending her negotiations with [WCPO]. Her hiring shows that news director Kevin Roach — a former [WCPO] assistant news director hired in March, who had worked closely with Limor there for years — is serious about investigative reporting at Fox 19.

Limor shifted to part-time at WCPO last year in order to teach journalism at the University of Cincinnati. She will continue as a professor in her new role at WXIX.

Larry Smith Named Sports Director at WGCL

Larry Smith is joining Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL as sports director, Access Atlanta reports.

Smith worked at CNN from 1993 to 2009 before joining Turner Sports as a host. Most recently, he worked at WCPO in Cincinnati. The hire is part of WGCL’s decision to revive its sports department after four years of outsourcing sports coverage to a local radio station.

“We are taking a more nontraditional approach to sports moving forward,” WGCL news director Trey Fabacher wrote in an email to Access Atlanta. “Larry is not just a sports anchor, but a sports reporter and producer.  We envisioned this role to be very active in the field and Larry’s talents were as strong behind the camera as well as in front of the camera.”

Smith will handle “breaking stories and features” as well as anchoring a weekly Saturday night sports show starting next month.

WCPO Names Bongiorno News Director

Alex Bongiorno has been named news director for E.W. Scripps’ Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO.

“Alex has a passion for journalism and has a proven track record of being a strong leader that gets results,” Jeff Brogan, vice president and general manager of WCPO said in a statement. “She’s a natural fit for our newsroom, having an excellent understanding of the digital and broadcast audiences.”

Bongiorno last worked for WTAE in Pittsburgh. She left the Hearst owned station in October after three years there. She has also worked as news director and executive producer at WSPA in Spartanburg, SC

“I am excited to be joining such a great news operation in such a great city,” said Bongiorno.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

Bob Morford Named News Director at KRIV

Bob Morford has been named vice president and news director at KRIV, the Fox O&O in Houston. His appointment is effective immediately.

Morford joined KRIV as assistant news director last year. He replaces Tom Doerr, who left KRIV to be the news director at WFLD, the Fox O&O in Chicago, in February.

“Bob has proven himself to be a valuable member of our news team. He has lead our news innovation efforts and has shown me that he is the right person for the job,” KRIV VP-GM D’Artagnan Bebel said in a statement. “His leadership style, creativity and engaging personality have earned him praise from countless members of our team.”

Before joining KRIV, Morford worked as news director for WCPO in Cincinnati, KNXV in Phoenix, WPXI in Pittsburgh and WLWT in Cincinnati.

John Popovich Replacing Dennis Janson on WCPO Evening Newscasts

As Dennis Janson transitions to a new role at WCPO, John Popovich will move into the main sports anchor role at the Cincinnati ABC affiliate, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter.

“With Denny transitioning, it gives us an opportunity to put John Popovich in the main sports role. John is one of the best storytellers in town and you will be seeing more of his reports,”  WCPO general manager Jeff Brogan told the Enquirer.

Popvich joined WCPO in 1979. He currently anchors sports on the weekend evening newscasts.

Sportscaster Dennis Janson Takes On New Role at WCPO

After 18 years as a sportscaster for WCPO, Dennis Janson is taking on a new role at the Cincinnati ABC affiliate. Starting this summer, Janson will be a columnist on the air and on the station’s website.

“A chance to be part of the cutting edge efforts being exerted on our digital platforms is particularly intriguing,” Janson said in a statement. “And there will be a role for me on-air with an edge of its own.”

“Dennis has tremendous knowledge of the area, is well connected and can get people thinking,” WCPO VP-GM Jeff Brogan said. “The days of local media having columnists are nearly extinct and we feel Dennis is positioned to fill that void by bringing insight and context to our users and viewers.”

News of a new role for Janson was first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Kiesewetter.

Jeff Brogan Named General Manager of WCPO

The E.W. Scripps Company has named Jeff Brogan vice president and general manager of Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO. He was serving as interim general manager after Steve Thaxton left in January.

“WCPO has a long history of agenda-setting journalism that serves the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community,” said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division in a statement. “As a seasoned media executive who values creative storytelling and impactful journalism, Jeff will now have the opportunity to work in his hometown to help define the role of a local media organization in this new digital era.”

Before coming to WCPO, Brogan was in a corporate role at Scripps, overseeing news strategy at several of its owned stations.  He began his career at WXIX in Cincinnati and began working for Scripps in 2000 when he got a job as a producer at WCPO. In 2004, he was promoted to executive producer. He was named assistant news director in 2008. Two years later, he was promoted to news director of Scripps NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL.

March Anchor Madness: Cincinnati Paper Launches ‘Favorite Anchor’ Tournament

The Cincinnati Enquirer is hosting its own ‘March Madness’ tourney. The paper is asking readers to vote for their “TV Anchor Dream Team.”

Who’s the Cincinnati Anchor Dream Team?  You can help select it by voting below in my bracket-style tournament with 8 male anchors, 8 female anchors, 8 meteorologists and 8 sports anchors.

The winners will be re-seeded in each round, leading to Cincinnati’s favorite anchor team. You can check out the rankings after the jump.

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