Shiba Russell, Vinnie Politan, Cheryl Preheim move 11Alive anchor spots

Shiba Russell returns to mornings. Vinnie Politan leaves mornings for the 11 p.m. newscast. And Cheryl Preheim moves to evenings. CREDIT: Publicity photos

This was posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

11Alive is making a trio of anchor shifts.

Starting Monday on the NBC affiliate WXIA-TV, Shiba Russell is back anchoring mornings from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., a place where she started a little over a year ago and left for evenings six months ago. Russell originally had filled retiring Brenda Wood’s evening anchor slot. Russell will now be the solo anchor in mornings though she’ll have plenty of support from meteorologist Chesley McNeil and traffic guy Chris “Crash” Clark.

Morning host Cheryl Preheim, who arrived in Atlanta from Denver earlier this year, swaps places with Russell, moving to evenings at 5 and 6 p.m. She recently was named favorite anchor in a poll by our AccessAtlanta site despite her relative newness to the market.

And legal expert Vinnie Politan, who joined 11Alive’s morning show in in 2014 from Atlanta’s HLN, is moving to a solo 11 p.m. newscast starting August 21.

In the meantime, Jeff Hullinger will stay on as co-anchor at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. working with Preheim along with the 10 p.m. WATL-TV newscast. Melissa Long will continue to anchor the WATL-TV 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

 

 

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