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Jacki Jing Joins Cincinnati FOX Affiliate

jing_wxix_croppedWXIX has announced Jacki Jing will join Rob Williams as co-anchor of the FOX19 Morning News.

>RELATED: Cincinnati Morning Team Reveals Spray Can Hair Bromance

Jing comes to WXIX from KDVR-KWGN in Denver, CO, where she was a reporter and anchor the morning traffic reporter and occasionally filled-in as a reporter and anchor.

“Journalists are asked to wear many hats, particularly in the morning,” WXIX news director Kevin Roach said in a statement. “Jacki strikes the right balance between being a strong serious journalist, while also the kind of person who will put a smile on your face in the morning.”

Jing started her career in Binghamton, NY. Before moving to KDVR-KWGN, she worked at WWLP in Springfield, MA.

The station said she will start in November.

Cincinnati Morning Team Reveals Spray Can Hair Bromance

WXIX anchor Rob Williams and weatherman Frank Marzullo showed viewers of the Cincinnati FOX affiliate how far one anchor bro will sometimes go for another anchor bro in an anchor bromance.

“So this is how Rob does my hair,” said Marzullo grabbing a can of what looked like spray paint.

“Do you see he’s bald right here?” said Williams with the camera zoomed in on Marzullo’s bald spot as he sprayed the dark mystery matter on Marzullo’s dome.”See how it covers a little bit? See how that works? And just so you know, this is like part of my job.”

“It is,” affirmed Marzullo. “You negotiated that in your contract.”

Williams later told viewers the product was called Hair Powder by Bumble and Bumble just in case you, too, want to live the miracle that is spray hair in a can.

Sheila Gray Turns Down New Contract, Opts to Leave WXIX

Sheila Gray, morning anchor for Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX, is leaving the station tomorrow.

In a rare moment of transparency revealing the oft-hidden world of local anchor contracts, WXIX general manager Bill Lanesey confirmed with TVSpy he told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter Gray is leaving after she turned down the station’s multi-year offer.

>UPDATE: Gray confirmed with TVSpy it was her decision to leave adding, “I can’t comment more, except today that I am exploring my options.”

“We feel we made a very fair offer for her to stay with us for multiple years, which did not include a reduction in pay. She even told me that she felt it was a very fair offer,” Lanesey told the Enquirer. “But she said it was in the best interest for her and her career to leave.” Read more

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.

Scott Schneider Named WXIX Evening Anchor

Scott Schneider has been named weekday evening co-anchor for WXIX, the Fox affiliate in Cincinnatti.

Schneider joined WXIX earlier this year after 14 years at WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio. Since joining WXIX, he has been reporting for the morning newscast as well as occasionally filling in on the anchor desk.

In his new role, Schneider will co-anchor the 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Tricia Macke, replacing Ben Swann, who signed off from WXIX in May. Schneider will work on WXIX’s investigative reporting team and on WXIX’s “Reality Check” segments.

Raycom Media Promotes Nancy Kent-Smith, Frank Jones

Raycom Media has promoted Nancy Kent-Smith and Frank Jones in Richmond, Va.

Kent-Smith, who has been news director of WWBT-WUPW, Raycom’s NBC and CW affiliates in Richmond, will become the company’s regional news director. In her new role, she will have oversight of WWBT-WUPW as well as WOIO-WUAB in Cleveland, WTOL-WUPW in Toledo, WXIX in Cincinnatti, KOLD in Tucscon, WTNZ in Knoxville and WFLX in West Palm Beach.

As Kent-Smith transitions into her new role, she will be replaced at WWBT-WUPW by Jones, who joined the stations in 1992 as a producer. He has served as executive news producer and, most recently, assistant news director.

“We have an amazing group of people here at NBC12 and this is a great opportunity. It is a competitive market and I couldn’t ask for a better staff,” Jones said in a statement. “They are dedicated and determined and I look forward to my new role leading Richmond’s number one news team.”

WXIX Adds Investigative Reporter and Anchor

WXIX has announced Amy Wagner is joining the Cincinnati FOX affiliate as an anchor and investigative reporter.

“Amy is an aggressive, hard working, experienced local reporter and all around terrific person; and she is a native of Cincinnati,” said Kevin Roach, WXIX news director.

Wagner will anchor on Friday and Saturday nights. Her first day will be next Tuesday, July 16.

“Amy’s knowledge of our community makes her the perfect addition to our local news team,” said general manager Bill Lanesey.

From 2004 until 2011, Wagner worked for Cincinnati’s WLWT before leaving to work for Susan G. Komen of Greater Cincinnati. Wagner has also worked at WLKY in Louisville, KY, and WBKO in Bowling Green, KY.

Cincinnati’s WXIX Takes The Lead in IRS Scandal Story

Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX found itself with a front row seat on a national story after it was revealed the IRS had been targeting conservative political groups. After all, one of the IRS offices at the center of the controversy was in Cincinnati, making it a local story.

Kevin Roach, WXIX news director, told TVSpy, “We made a concerted effort to start unpeeling the onion on this local IRS story. I put a team together lead by [an] executive producer, it included three reporters and an anchor working full time on it. We were determined each day to try to break something else new with this story.”

The WXIX news director, who started in February, said his team went through “dozens and dozens of documents” and had “many conversations with several Cincinnati based IRS workers” to flesh out the story.

The national media noticed. Roach said he’s not sure how many outlets picked up his station’s reporting. “I do know Fox News Channel, CNN, Drudge (twice) and The Hill have reported our findings. As you would expect on a story like this one, The Blaze, Brietbart and the Washington Examiner reported our coverage; but so did a whole lot of local TV stations around the country.” Read more

After Signing Off From WXIX, Ben Swann to Launch ‘Truth in Media’ Project

Ben Swann will anchor his final broadcast at Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX Friday night.

Swann, whose contract expires this month, talks to the Cincinnati Enquirer about his new venture. He plans to focus on his “Truth in Media” project and will announce Monday Kickstarter funding to produce short reports that can be shared via streaming sites.

Swann is known for his “Reality Check” segments. Before working at WXIX, he worked at KTSM in El Paso.

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