Crawford left the national sports network in 2017 and will appear on his hometown station this fall.
“When I began my TV career it was always my goal to one day work in the Cleveland market,” Crawford said. “After 15 years of living in the northeast and covering sports at the network level, I am absolutely thrilled to be coming home to work in and cover the community I love. I anxiously await launching the latest phase of my career at WKYC-TV and expanding my broadcasting and digital experience into the fast-paced world of news.”
He will be doing more than anchoring sports. The Tegna station says he will be involved in multiple newscasts, host a daily interactive midday news show and help launch a 5 p.m. show in 2020.
“Jay has lived and breathed Cleveland from his national anchor seat and we are happy to have one of the city’s biggest fans join the WKYC team,” said Micki Byrnes, WKYC president and general manager. “We are looking forward to Jay rediscovering what makes our city a fabulous place to raise a family, have a fulfilling career and live an inspired life.”