WCPO morning anchor Julie O’Neill has left the Cincinnati ABC affiliate after 27 years.
Cincinnati media writer John Kiesewetter said news director Barry Fulmer told stafffers that O’Neill “decided to go ahead and leave the team” after being taken off the morning newscast. Fulmer also said the station gave O’Neill “a couple of different options moving forward.”
WCPO gm Jeff Brogan told TVSpy the station can’t talk about personnel matters, but confirmed that O’Neill is no longer a WCPO employee.
“We wish Julie the best and thank her for the years she worked for us as a reporter and anchor,” said Brogan. “We are beginning the process of recruiting a co-anchor for Good Morning Tri-State.”
O’Neill is the third anchor to depart WCPO-TV this year. Weekend sports anchor Keenen Singleton left in March, and news anchor Kristyn Hartman went home to Chicago in May. The station has added anchor Jasmine Styles from Tampa, and weekend anchor/reporter Bret Buganski from Wichita after weekend anchor Evan Millward moved to weekday evenings. Traffic reporter Sina Gebre-Ab took a TV job last spring in Baltimore, her hometown.