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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.

Laura Borchers Leaving WLWT

Laura Borchers, reporter for Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT, is leaving the station, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Borchers told viewers on her facebook page, “MORE BIG NEWS TO SHARE… We’re moving to Columbus!!! My husband’s job guides us there, and being the huge Buckeye fan that I am, this is exciting!”

The Enquirer reports Borchers’ last day is today. She started at WLWT in 2007 after starting her broadcast career at WDTN in Dayton, OH.

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.

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]

Michael Berk Joining WKRC as Sports Anchor

Michael Berk will be joining Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC as a the weekend sports anchor, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Berk comes to WKRC from KGW in Portland, OR. He replaces Zach Wells, who left to work at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

He has also worked at KEZI in Eugene, OR, and KLAS in Las Vegas, NV.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

WKRC Adds Sunday Morning News

Cincinnati’s CBS affiliate WKRC is adding two Sunday morning newscasts to its lineup.

“We are very happy to have the opportunity to bring viewers across the Tri-State the kind of quality local news coverage that is their number one choice—every other morning of the week,” said  WKRC news director Kirk Varner. “The opportunity to surround the long running excellence of CBS Sunday Morning and Face The Nation with breaking news and weather alerts from The Local Station, is something that we are very excited about.”

The news premieres July 7 with an hour show at 8:00 a.m. and then again for a half-hour at 11:00 a.m.  Liz Bonis will anchor along with meteorologist Josh Knight.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

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.

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.

Shannon Sims Joins Milwaukee’s WTMJ as Weekend Anchor

Shannon Sims is joining Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ as a weekend anchor.

Sims comes from Cincinnati, where she has been freelancing as a morning reporter and fill-in anchor at WXIX. She was released from her contract at WKEF-WRGT in Dayton after a year as the station’s main anchor in January.

Sims told TVSpy she is looking forward to working with the “winning team” of journalists, photographers and producers at WTMJ.

“At this point of my career moving to Milwaukee and working at TMJ4 to hone my skills as a reporter and command anchor seems like the perfect move,” Sims wrote in an email.

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