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News Channel 11 wins 27 AP awards, including Best Website

News Channel 11 received eight of the highest honors in our division at the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster Awards ceremony in Nashville. Among the first place awards WJHL won in Division Two were Best Website, Best Investigative Reporting, Best Weather Anchor and Best Reporter.  More>>

  • Meet our AnchorsMore>>

  • Evening Anchor on News Channel 11

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith anchors WJHL-TV's 5, 5:30, 6, and 11pm newscasts. A native of the Tri-Cities, he joined WJHL in 1999 and anchored the morning news until 2011.
    Josh Smith anchors WJHL-TV's 5, 5:30, 6, and 11pm newscasts. A native of the Tri-Cities, he joined WJHL in 1999 and anchored the morning news until 2011.
  • Evening Anchor on News Channel 11

    Sara Diamond

    Sara Diamond

    Emmy® nominated journalist Sara Diamond anchors WJHL's evening newscast. She joined WJHL in December, 2001 as weekend anchor.
    Emmy® nominated journalist Sara Diamond anchors WJHL's evening newscast. She joined WJHL in December, 2001 as weekend anchor.
  • Morning News Anchor

    Kasey Marler

    Kasey Marler

    Time flies when you're having fun. My family has been enjoying Northeast Tennessee since 2004. I am the father of two beautiful children.
    Time flies when you're having fun. My family has been enjoying Northeast Tennessee since 2004. I am the father of two beautiful children.
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  • Investigative Reporter/Anchor

    Nate Morabito

    Nate Morabito

    Since joining WJHL-TV in July 2004, Nate Morabito has had the privilege of telling the stories of thousands of people who call the Tri-Cities region home.
    Since joining WJHL-TV in July 2004, Nate Morabito has had the privilege of telling the stories of thousands of people who call the Tri-Cities region home.
  • 7 p.m. Anchor & Reporter at News Channel 11

    Kylie McGivern

    Kylie McGivern

    Kylie McGivern joined the News Channel 11 team in August 2012 as a digital journalist/weekend morning anchor. She now anchors the 7:00 p.m. newscast during the weekdays and reports on investigative topics. 
    Kylie McGivern joined the News Channel 11 team in August 2012 as a digital journalist/weekend morning anchor. She now anchors the 7:00 p.m. newscast during the weekdays and reports on investigative topics. 
  • Reporter

    Mike Lamia

    Mike Lamia

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  • Storm Team 11 Chief Meteorologist

    Mark Reynolds

    Mark Reynolds

    Storm Team 11 Chief Meteorologist Mark Reynolds has been with WJHL for nearly 25 years. Mark provides your workday weather forecasts on News Channel 11 Monday through Friday at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 pm.
    Storm Team 11 Chief Meteorologist Mark Reynolds has been with WJHL for nearly 25 years. Mark provides your workday weather forecasts on News Channel 11 Monday through Friday at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 pm.
  • Storm Team 11 Morning Meteorologist

    Jeremy Eisenzopf

    Jeremy Eisenzopf

    Jeremy Eisenzopf is the new morning meteorologist for WJHL. He comes to the Tri-Cities from Florida where he worked in Tampa and Fort Myers. 
    Jeremy Eisenzopf is the new morning meteorologist for WJHL. He comes to the Tri-Cities from Florida where he worked in Tampa and Fort Myers. 
  • Storm Team 11's Weekend Meteorologist

    Brian Walder

    Brian Walder

    Brian Walder is the Weekend Meteorologist for WJHL. Prior to working at Storm Team 11, Brian worked as a Morning Meteorologist in Bluefield, WV for two years.
    Brian Walder is the Weekend Meteorologist for WJHL. Prior to working at Storm Team 11, Brian worked as a Morning Meteorologist in Bluefield, WV for two years.
  • Meet our Sports TeamMore>>

  • Chief Sports Anchor

    Kenny Hawkins

    Kenny Hawkins

    Kenny is one of our native Tennesseans, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. During his early years, Kenny played basketball, softball, and football before blowing out a knee during a game. 
    Kenny is one of our native Tennesseans, born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. During his early years, Kenny played basketball, softball, and football before blowing out a knee during a game. Not to be discouraged, Kenny helped create a high school sports show called "Sportscenter 7," which aired on local cable stations in Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, and Clinton.
  • Weekend Sports Anchor

    Jake Young

    Jake Young

    Jake comes to the Tri-Cities by way of the cold, white North of Ohio. He was big into sports throughout his childhood and made the decision to be a sports broadcaster in the 8th Grade. That led him to the nationally recognized E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University where his passion really took off.
    Jake comes to the Tri-Cities by way of the cold, white North of Ohio. He was big into sports throughout his childhood and made the decision to be a sports broadcaster in the 8th Grade. That led him to the nationally recognized E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University where his passion really took off.

 

WJHL-TV aired its first television broadcast on October 26, 1953. Hanes Lancaster, Jr. and Sr. and Jay Birdwell founded the station. Eventually the Lancaster's bought Birdwell's interest in the station and operated it from a location in downtown Johnson City that is now demolished.

The early days of television were exciting and packed with unexpected surprises. Since television was in its infancy, the station crew had to feel its way along, often improvising and making adjustments to deal with the situation. One situation that developed even before the station went on the air was the devastating fall of the tower on Tannery Knob.

        

Literally, just a few weeks were left to sign on when the guy lines which held the tower snapped, causing the tower to lose its support and come crashing down. Now in the early days, this sort of accident was catastrophic because television was new and unknown.

Bankers and lenders were skeptical; so most television pioneers had to seek investment sources that were willing to back risky, unproven ventures. The Lancaster's scrambled and had the station on the air by its due date even though they had to mount the antenna on a telephone pole!

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As the years progressed, WJHL-TV's association with CBS helped make it one of the strongest stations in the area. WJHL-TV was blessed with employees who came aboard in the 1950s and worked into the 1990s.

Hanes Lancaster, Jr. managed the station from 1953 until April 30th, 1989. On May 1, 1989, Jack Dempsey was named General Manager. He left the station in June of 2012 and the new General Manager is Dan Cates. This means that in more than 50 years, WJHL-TV has had only two general managers, a very rare occurrence in the world of television today.

WJHL-TV/Newschannel 11 is owned by Media General, Inc., an independently owned communications company situated primarily in the Southeast with interests in television stations and interactive media.

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