People everywhere are setting their alarms earlier and earlier to get a head start on their days. The reasons range from wanting to beat rush hour or jumping on the treadmill, to having quiet time to check email, slug down some coffee and catch the early news.
Define “early news.”
Well, in Cleveland and other cities around the country, it is now defined as 4:30am.
WEWS NewsChannel 5 wasted no time reacting to the expectations of its early rising viewers and quickly restructured its news cycles. Station management also went in search of the best early morning anchor team it could find.
Jill Manuel, NewsChannel 5 news director, was familiar with one time local news anchor Macie McInnis, now Macie Jepson. From 1994 to 1999, she anchored at WJW Fox 8 at various times throughout the day.
“Announcing Macie as one of our morning news anchors is another step in strengthening this very important news daypart,” explains Ms. Manuel. “Many viewers already know Macie, and her knowledge of the people, places, and things that matter to Northeast Ohioans will be advantageous to everyone who engages with NewsChannel 5 in the morning on-air, online, and through our social media platforms.”
“Not only was my family thrilled to return to this city that is rich with culture, history and incredibly real people, I am excited about returning to Morning News,” Jepson says.
“We have a responsibility to prepare our viewers for the day. It’s my desire to do it with a delicate combination of know-how and warmth.” Macie has earned several honors for her work, including “Medical Reporter of the Year” from the March of Dimes, as well as the 2006
American Women in Radio and Television “Personality of the Year” award.
The next step for station management was to identify the other half of this very important team. Mike Dunston, most recently from Orlando station WFOL, completes the team. Like
Macie, Mike is not a stranger to NE Ohio. “I started my journalism career in Ohio and really got to know and to love the down-to-earth demeanor, and the culture of integrity among many people in the Buckeye state,” reflects Mike.
Community work is important to Mike. . He’s most proud of his work hosting a series of reports on adoption, helping to move children from foster care to permanent loving homes.
Macie and Mike debuted on NewsChannel 5 January 9th and joined meteorologist Christine Ferreira, Traffi c Anchor/Reporter Alicia Roberts, and Multimedia Journalist Josh Boose.
By the way, in Macie and Mike’s world, 4:30am is late. In order to be at the top of their game so the news they deliver to us at that early hour is timely, accurate and relevant, they set their alarms to go off before midnight.
“It’s tough coming in so early working the ‘vampire shift,’ but it’s worth it,” says Mike. “Macie and I really wanted to be a part of the process, helping to fi nd the newest stories and newest angles so the news is fresh for the people at home.”
And Macie adds, “It helps that I’m a napper. I can sleep anywhere, anytime.”
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