Television 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.
After subbing for Channel 5 anchor Sheree Paolello, Candice Hunter has landed a full-time anchor job in Dayton. Hunter anchors her last Channel 5 newscasts at 5, and today, as her contract expires, before joining Sinclair's Dayton duopoly, WKEF-TV (Channel 22) and WRGT-TV (Channel 45).
Hunter will be the main co-anchor at 6, 10 and 11 p.m. for the Dayton stations, says Brennan Donnellan, Channel 5 news director. Pat Casey, the Ch. 22/45 news director (and former Fox 19 news director), declined to confirm that, saying a station announcement will come next week.
Hunter, who came here from Lexington, has been a versatile employee at Channel 5. She's worked some six-day weeks, filling in on the desk for Paolello (who returns from maternity leave Monday) and reporting the top story at
"She’s a good reporter. She's a good anchor," Donnellan says. "We wanted to keep her, but she sees Dayton as a good opportunity for her."
The same goes for Longnecker, who appears on her final newscasts this weekend as her contract expires too. She will become a reporter at WTHR-TV (Channel 13) in Indianapolis, a larger market.
"We wanted Emily to stay, but she has what she thought was a better offer," Donnellan says.
Already one of the positions has been filled. Kristina Cruise, a reporter-anchor from Charlottesville, Va., arrives in mid-October to be a reporter and fill-in anchor, Donnellan says.