By Kim Hollett, The Women’s Journal
NewsChannel 5 morning co-anchor Macie Jepson and I met at Panera Bread in Berea at 10:30 on a warm and muggy morning in March. A warm and muggy morning in March in Cleveland is astonishing enough. Macie, looking fresh and alert after already putting in a full day of work, was even more so.
“Co-anchor Mike Dunston and I are completely involved in the process of executing the newscast,” explains Macie. “We arrive around 1am (meaning she gets up at 11p) and the entire team goes to work as one. One of the reasons I took this job is that I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and go to work. I actually love it.” As luck would have it, WEWS management specically looked to recruit an anchor team who develop and write stories, push the creative envelope of the newsroom staff , and in Macie’s case, provide perspective to Cleveland’s culture and clarity on things like pronunciation.
Macie returned to Cleveland television news in February this year after a 12 year absence. McInnis (her maiden name) first called Cleveland home 17 years ago in 1994. She and husband Gary Jepson arrived here from Shreveport, Louisiana to debut Fox 8’s Good Day Cleveland with co-anchor Bill Martin. Macie and Gary arrived as newlyweds, and six
years later had their family well under way.
Fast forward about a dozen years to last June. Then living in the Dallas area, Macie noted her incoming phone call showed a 216 Cleveland area code. It was WEWS News Director Jill Manual. “Macie, would you ever consider coming back to Cleveland?”, asked Ms. Manual. Without missing a beat, Macie replied, “As a matter of fact, if I were to move my
family anywhere in the country, it would be for Cleveland.” And so began the second chapter in Cleveland, Ohio for the Jepson family.
I asked Macie why Cleveland? Without hesitation she answered me. “This was a family move first; a career move second. Our six years here the frst time introduced us to wonderful friends, to a city proud of its history and heritage, and to a medical community second to none. In 1997 I nearly lost my life and the life of my unborn ? rst daughter.
University Hospitals saved our lives.”
Macie quickly lightens the mood as she remembers and wipes a few tears from her eyes. “By the way, my husband Gary was not at all keen about being in Ohio back then. Although both our daughters were technically born in Cleveland, Gary was determined to honor his home town roots and have his children born on ‘Texas soil.’ He placed a big bag of Texas soil under my delivery bed…for both girls.”
Yours truly, the author of this article paused and asked, “You want me to print that?” “Heck yes,” says a smiling Macie. “I tell that story to anyone who will listen.”
According to Macie, Gary’s indifference towards Cleveland was more bark than bite. “While still in Cleveland the first time, and in 2000, I received a job offer from WFAA in Texas. The time was right to make a career move and I accepted. In the 11th hour – and much too late to change our plans – Gary admitted that leaving Cleveland might be a
mistake. Now we are back and don’t intend to repeat that mistake.”
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