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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.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Goodbye Candice Hunter, Emily Longnecker

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, 5:30 and 6 p.m. 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 11 p.m.

"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.


at 9/21/2007 12:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily should change her last name to simply Emily Long. She needs to drop the necker.

at 9/21/2007 12:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 12:34 - What? Among the many stupid things that people have said on this site, that ranks up their as the stupidest!

Good for both and good luck to both.

at 9/21/2007 1:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may want to double check your postings. I don't think Emily Longnecker would like the fact that this weekend is "his" last weekend.

at 9/21/2007 2:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't imagine why Barbie or anyone for that matter would want to go to the dead-end, barely in operation newscasts that 22/45 try to put on. She may as well anchor the news on public access - better quality production & more viewers.

at 9/21/2007 2:17 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To Anon 1:22 p.m:
Tnx. I fixed it.

at 9/21/2007 2:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derek said it would be like this.....

at 9/21/2007 3:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha that's priceless

channel 5 should literally just shut down

at 9/21/2007 3:40 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

too bad. Hate to see them go as they were very easy to look at, especially Candance. I find it hard to believe that a Dayton anchor job would be a better opportunity.

at 9/21/2007 3:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

candace wanted the anchor spot and with sandra and sheree signed to multi year deals it just would not happen here.

at 9/21/2007 3:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily will deff be missed, but with erick flack and others moving up the reporter chain she will be replaced.
Is eric flack 5's number one reporter. He has done a great job since arriving, I would like to see michael moely get more air time though.

at 9/21/2007 4:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same here... Isn't Dayton a smaller market? It might make for a good stepping stone for better anchor job down the road.

I actually thought she'd left a while ago since I hadn't seen her in the mornings for a while.

at 9/21/2007 8:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i see sort of a pattern developjng kinda maybe longnecker to indy as well as former fox19 alum lynsay clutter and former local 12 jude redfield and remember anne marie tiernon hmmmmmmmm

at 9/21/2007 8:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT looks like the revolving door is open again at 5!

at 9/21/2007 8:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

emily joins fellow 5 alumni ann marie tieronon and fellow cincinnatians jude redfield and lindsay clutter

at 9/21/2007 8:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's kristina's bio page

at 9/21/2007 10:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing is certain... i'm sure Eric and Michael are fine reporters and people, but I bet they never have been approached at Krogers with the dreaded saying "You're on the TV!"

at 9/22/2007 9:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily Longnecker will now be with Anne Marie Tiernon (former ch.5), Jude Redfield (former ch. 12), and Lyndsay Clutter (former ch. 19)

at 9/23/2007 1:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


"WLWT Fires Everybody and Closes Doors. WSTR is Cincinnati's New NBC."

Cue Charlie VanDyke: "NBC 64 NEWS: The Station that Never Takes Five."

at 9/23/2007 6:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with this? Isn't Dayton a smaller market? Aren't people supposed to aspire to larger markets, not smaller?

at 9/23/2007 10:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are times when you as a reporter have to go to a smaller market to get the seat time ie anchor chair in order to get to the bigger markets

at 9/23/2007 10:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

is channel 5 gonna get a main news anchor set yeah that one has been refurbished so many times its time to go bye bye agree kise?

at 9/24/2007 10:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

bummer...that's two news hotties gone! i much preferred candice hunter at the anchor desk than sandra or sheree. emily longnecker is gorgeous and the only reason i watched channel 5 AND she was a decent reporter. i was hoping she would stick around, but i guess there is something about channel 5 that makes you want to leave after your contract is up. wow, she was a cutie! maybe i can catch her on tv on my next trip to indy.

at 9/24/2007 10:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never thought much of Candace as a reporter or an anchor. Just was never impressed. If comments about her new station are correct, doesn't sound like she will have to be that great anyway.

at 9/24/2007 10:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, is 5 desperate, their new reporter is coming from a 180 market? Brennan must be desperate.

at 9/24/2007 10:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Media web site NEWS BLUES says Candice Hunter's contract WAS NOT RENEWED by Ch. 5.

From News Blues:

Cincinnati's WLWT-5-NBC (Market #33) lost two staffers over the weekend. Reporter and fill-in anchor Candice Hunter (left) starts today at Sinclair's WKEF-22-ABC and WRGT-45-Fox duopoly in Dayton (Market #62). Her contract wasn't renewed.

And WLWT reporter Emily Longnecker, whose neck is actually not long at all, has hired on as a reporter at Dispatch Broadcasting's WTHR-13-NBC in Indianapolis (Market #26).

at 9/24/2007 3:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold on folks. Wait until see get a glimpse of the new reporter coming to channel 5!! She is smokin HOT HOT HOT. Now we got two hotties on local TV, Denise Johnson and the new Kristina!

at 9/24/2007 10:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait anon 3:16. The photo looks massively airbrushed/photoshopped.

at 9/25/2007 3:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON 3:16, don't forget about Jen Dalton on the CinCW.

at 9/25/2007 6:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i understand the whole, "let's not censor what people say" thing..but you need to stop posting these sexist comments.
it's inappropriate that every string about a female journalist has to include a few morons who have to be so juvenile that they can only talk about who's hot.
keep it up and more letters are headed to your advertisers. (you do remember that, don't you?)

at 9/25/2007 7:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG: I was driving up 71 earier today and noticed that one side of the big channel 5 logo on their building apparently came loose. It was hanging like like it was on a hinge.(Does anyone know if it's being taken down or is it just an act of God?) This is too funny.

at 9/26/2007 9:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let's not censor what people think..." Oh, don't worry. He does.. I've tried to post a few BRILLIANT comments on here, and they never saw the light of day. Or my computer monitor. Or yours.

P.S. They ARE hot. Angry fat people are funny.

at 9/26/2007 12:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon 6:28pm - Ha they are HOT HOT HOT. Get over it. Do you think they would be on the air if they weighed 275 pounds and had a pimply face?

at 9/26/2007 7:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! Well, there IS the matter of that whole Rosie O'Donnell thing...

at 9/27/2007 8:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute, Becky Fremal and Deb Silverman rate!

at 9/27/2007 11:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck to both of them they deserve it.

at 9/27/2007 12:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it also a goodbye to Dave Wagner?
He is no longer anchoring the 6pm news. Where did he go?

at 9/27/2007 1:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to anon 9/27 at 8:06. Deb Silverman. Are you serious????? That woman is the most stoned faced person EVER on the local news. She talks fast, has no facial expression, and at the end real fast says Carol,Clyde. Get real!!!

at 9/28/2007 10:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave Wagner doesn't do the 6 anymore. He will strictly be doing Target 5 investigations.

at 9/30/2007 10:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record we offered Candice a two year contract. Do you REALLY believe everything you read in Newsblues? REALLY?

at 10/01/2007 10:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but the contract wasn't anything to jump up for joy over. It was just to say exactly what you are saying now "we offered her a contract", but you didn't really want to keep her.

at 10/01/2007 4:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

and dave wagner will be winning more emmys for his reporting.

at 10/02/2007 8:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Longnecker name has been around for 300 years. The family originally hails from Lancaster, PA c1710.

Emily's gggrandfather John was in the 19th US Infantry during the Civil War, an Indianapolis based US Regulars outfit. The family has tread Market Square before in a different time.

at 11/23/2007 1:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I guess I won't be watching Channel 5 News anymore. Emily was the ONLY reason I watched that newscast.

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