This, the latest in local early-shift moves, certainly indicates that the dawn (and pre-dawn) patrol is a growth area for TV stations even in these financially difficult times. Hollie Strano will continue on the show, but Kennedy's addition marks the first time Mark Nolan has had a co-host since Abby Ham departed the show in June 2009.
The official word: Award winning journalist Erin Kennedy will bring her high energy and strong storytelling skills to the Channel 3 morning newscast beginning in January. She’ll join the team of Mark Nolan, meteorologist Hollie Strano, reporters Amanda Barren and Stephanie Coueignoux, and Ways to Save guru Matt Granite. “I’m looking forward to becoming part of such a terrific morning show,” said Ms. Kennedy. “And I'm excited to work with such a strong and enterprising news team. More than anything, I value Channel 3's commitment to making a difference in the Northeast Ohio community. My husband and I can't wait to put down roots in this dynamic and progressive city."
Currently the evening anchor for WPRI and WNAC’s Eyewitness News in Providence, Rhode Island, Erin began her career in Texas after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Notre Dame University where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society.
“Erin is very bright, extremely motivated, and ready to make things happen,” said Brooke Spectorsky, President and General Manager of WKYC. “With her strong reporting and breaking news experience she’ll be a terrific addition to our AM team.”
Erin is fluent in Spanish, and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She has reported from Mexico; covering stories on immigration and the drug trade. While in Providence, Erin was the creator, producer and anchor of “Webcast en Espanol.” Erin considers it an honor to report on issues that affect her neighbors and her community, and works to support non-profits and community outreach programs that help women.
“She’ll bring a fresh perspective to Cleveland mornings,” remarked News Director Rita Andolsen. “We know that early newscasts are becoming even more important as people organize and begin their busy days, and we’re thrilled to have Erin’s help in creating an even more dynamic show. Having deeper resources at the anchor desk will give us increased flexibility to cover breaking news and weather.”
Erin will begin her anchoring duties in early January after she and her husband Matt, a musician, complete their move to Northeast Ohio.