WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced a number of changes to its newscast and anchor lineup, effective October 17.
The station’s morning “24 Hour News 8 Daybreak” newscast welcomes Teresa Weakley to the station. Weakley joins Casey Jones on the anchor desk along with meteorologists Terri DeBoer and Matt Kirkwood. The newscast will include more news focused on preparing viewers for the day ahead.
Weakley is a Kalamazoo-area native returning to her West Michigan roots from WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Buffalo, NY, where she anchored the morning news. She’s an experienced, Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 10 years of experience reporting big stories — like the 2016 presidential race and historic lake-effect snow in Buffalo.
“It is already so nice to be back where I grew up and see my children make memories with our family here,” said Weakley. “I’m excited to be a part of our viewers’ mornings and help keep them informed about what’s happening in West Michigan.”
WOOD TV8 News Director Dan Boers said he’s thrilled to welcome Teresa to the morning team.
“I’m sure viewers will immediately connect with Teresa and recognize her passion for journalism and love for West Michigan,” he said.
In addition to the changes on “Daybreak,” “24 Hour News 8 at Noon” will now have a dual anchor team; Emily Linnert will join Susan Shaw and meteorologist Matt Kirkwood on the newscast. In addition to her anchor role, Linnert will take on an exciting new project for the station where she will report on important health and education issues that are important to families in West Michigan. Her first reports will be seen starting Wednesday, October 19 at 5 p.m.
The station has also added new graphics on their newscasts as well as technology updates to their weather tracking system.