Submit Content  |  Subscribe  |  Customer Service  |  Place An Ad 
* Weather * Events * Visitor's Guide * Classifieds * Jobs * Cars * Homes * Apartments * Shopping * Dating


CiN Weekly
Community Press & Recorder
Data Center

John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

Powered by Blogger

Friday, September 28, 2007

Channel 9 Hires Two New Anchors

Finally we know who will be replacing David Rose as morning and 5:30 p.m. co-anchors on WCPO-TV (Channel 9). After a six-month search, Channel 9 has hired:

--Brendan Keefe, a reporter from WCBS-TV in New York with anchor experience in Hartford, to do the 5:30 p.m. news with Tanya O'Rourke and report at 11 p.m. He starts Monday, Oct. 8.
--Bernard Watson, weekend anchor at Fox's WHBQ-TV in Memphis, to co-anchor "Good Morning Tri-State" with Kathrine Nero starting Monday, Oct. 22.

Rose's contract was not renewed in March. He's now weekend anchor/reporter at Fox's KCPQ-TV in Seattle.

"It took us longer than we thought to find these two," says Bill Fee, Channel 9 general manager. "We were looking for two things – someone with anchor experience and someone who could do special projects or investigative reporting. These men bring extensive experience to the table."

Keefe has done three combat reporting tours in the Middle East for WCBS-TV, plus covered the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and terrorist bombings in Madrid. "He has been sent all over the world," Fee says.

Keefe also has done investigative reporting in New York and for a Houston station. Before that he was a morning and weekend anchor in Hartford, Conn. He has an English degree at Kenyon College. See his bio at

Watson started in news as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter, before working for CNN and CNN International. After earning a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, he worked for TV stations in Vermont, Virginia, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Atlanta and Memphis. See his bio at


at 9/28/2007 1:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good. Sounds like good experience coming aboard at Channel 9. Does this mean the "breaking news center" goes away in the mornings? We can only hope. Just don't tinker with Denise Johnson in the morning.

at 9/28/2007 3:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHO is Denise Johnson? Good to see 9 News again devalue local, experienced people.
I'll stick with Channel 12 for local news.
Wonder if the boss over at 9 has learned his lesson about the importance of background checks...

at 9/28/2007 10:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

look like good for the one comment...the jokal 12 morning anchors are not from here either...check your facts. The only local morning anchor from here is cooney on 5.

at 9/29/2007 1:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So does that mean it takes two anchors to fill the massive shoes of David Rose?

Breaking News Center - that's laughable. It's all smoke and mirrors and has yet to prove its worth. I'd rather hear my breaking news out of Kathrine's experienced mouth than that sports girl-turned newsie.

12. Some changes over there lately but that ship is still sailing quite well, indeed.

at 9/29/2007 4:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you serious anon 1:12? Please tell me you are some chick posting and not a guy. Good move 9 for putting Lisa on where most of us can actually see her. Not a big local sports fan------- Tim.

at 9/29/2007 4:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I like the new breaking center look. It has a cool background. Is that real? What kind of room is it?

Also, why dog the new guys for not being local? Not too many are. This isn't Toledo. Bigger markets hire out of towners all the time. I'm from Milwaukee. Not many local faces there either. Who cares?

at 9/30/2007 10:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If channel 12 is the BEST at everything and SO WONDERFUL, then why have they been the ONLY station WITHOUT a Sunday Morning newscast for ALL THESE YEARS?!?!? Explain that one to me.

It's Sunday morning, and I would like to sip my coffee and watch a local newscast. Won't be watching Channel 12!!!!!

at 9/30/2007 10:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, wow. These two guys are HOT. Who cares if they have any journalism experience. And who cares about Denise Johnson, Emily Longnecker, Candide Hunter, etc. All that matters is what these two guys look like!

Seriously - all you pigs who only comment on what the women on TV in Cincinnati look like need to find some hobbies - or go out on dates - or maybe you need to be on a state registry.

at 10/01/2007 1:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 9/30 10:41. Glad to know the men are hot. As for the talking head women are concerned. They are HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or they would not be on TV, right? Or maybe if they were ugly and weighed 215lbs. Ease up !

at 10/01/2007 1:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The breaking news center. Hope that sucker stays. What a joke. Its sort of like "in depth team coverage" on local radio. Like we all get on the edge of our seats when we hear those mentioned. Oh well this is Mayberry.

at 10/03/2007 9:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Kathrine Nero and David Rose win awards last weekend for Best Anchor Team and Best Morning News Program?

Post a Comment*

* Our online blogs currently are hosted and operated by a third party, namely, You are now leaving the Cincinnati.Com website and will be linked to's registration page. The site and its associated services are not controlled by Cincinnati.Com and different terms of use and privacy policy will apply to your use of the site and services.

By proceeding and/or registering with you agree and understand that Cincinnati.Com is not responsible for the site you are about to access or for any service you may use while on the site.

<< Home

Jim Borgman
Today at the Forum
Paul Daugherty
Politics Extra
N. Ky. Politics
Pop culture review
Who's News
Roller Derby Diva
CinStages Buzz....
The Foodie Report
Classical music
John Fay's Reds Insider
High school sports
UC Sports
CiN Weekly staff

Site Map:   Cincinnati.Com | |  Enquirer |  CiN Weekly |  CincinnatiUSA
Customer Service:   Search |  Subscribe Now |  Customer Service |  Place An Ad |  Contact Us
Classified Partners:   Jobs: |  Cars: |  Homes: HOMEfinder |  Apartments: |  Shopping:
Copyright © 1996-2005:   Use of this site signifies agreement to terms of service and privacy policy updated 10/05/2005