Former CNN Anchor Christi Paul to Join WKYC in Cleveland

By Kevin Eck 

Former CNN anchor Christi Paul is joining Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC this fall.

Paul will join Jay Crawford, Betsy Kling and Carmen Blackwell for the 5 p.m. newscast and will also contribute special pieces at 6 and 7 p.m.

She left CNN last month, where she had worked since 2003. She anchored CNN New Day on weekend mornings and also reported and anchored for HLN during the week.


“WKYC is a station I grew up watching and tuned into every time I visited home,’” said Paul. “Who knew it would become a full-circle moment now? I’m beyond grateful I’m getting a chance to come home and work with this most amazingly talented team.”

WKYC has a history of picking up former national anchors. Former CBS anchor Russ Mitchell joined the station in 2011.

“Christi is an exceptional and experienced journalist, who understands the power of our platforms when it comes to impactful storytelling for the greater good of our community,” said WKYC president and general manager Micki Byrnes. “We are absolutely delighted that Christi has decided to return home and reconnect with Northeast Ohio.”

“We are thrilled for Christi to join the WKYC newsroom this fall. She is a gifted and thoughtful storyteller with a genuine desire and knack for helping others navigate the daily complexities of our lives.” said director of content Adam Miller. “We look forward to her move to Cleveland—and know that our viewers and followers will instantly connect with her admirable work ethic, sincerity and sensibility at the anchor desk.”

Paul started her career at began her career at WDTV in Clarksburg, W.V. before working at KTVB in Boise, Idaho and KNXV and KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona.