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Sunday, March 01 2015 @ 01:48 AM EST

WHIO to Launch 4:30AM News

Beginning Monday, August 15th, earlier look at overnight breaking news and severe weather. News Center 7 at 4:30am will be anchored by Gabrielle Enright, with Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek in Storm Center 7.



News Director Dave Bennallack says the time is right. "Our viewers needs continue to change and we're committed to serving them," said Bennallack, "Thousands of viewers are rising earlier and looking for a local newscast that's straightforward and to the point. We've had great response to our expanded newscasts at 4:30am when we've had major breaking news and severe weather, now Gabrielle and Rich will be there for our viewers every day."

Enright has been with WHIO-TV since 1997 and has been weekend morning anchor since 2008. "I grew up watching Channel 7 and what happens in our community is important to me," says Enright. "I'm excited about the opportunity to be the first person to let our viewers know what's happening as they start their day."

Anchors John Paul, Natasha Williams, Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek will continue to anchor News Center 7 each weekday morning starting at 5:00 a.m., giving WHIO another competitive advantage. "At 5am, Gabrielle will become our station's second live reporter," says Bennallack, "giving us the opportunity to report on two local breaking news stories at the same time."

The new newscast brings the station's total weekday morning news coverage to three and a half hours. Channel 7's final hour of morning news is broadcast from 7-8am on WHIO-TV's digital channel, 7.2.

For more information, please contact Tony Getts at 937-259-2090 or



Pictured left to right: Rich Wirdzek, Gabrielle
Enright, Natasha Williams, and John Paul

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