Veteran Anchor Returns to Cincinnati’s WLWT

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Enquirer

After nine months away from a TV newsroom, Jack Atherton is more than ready to return to the airwaves Monday for WLWT-TV.

“I can’t wait to get back to work. I love what I do,” says Atherton, 56, hired by Channel 5 in December as his WXIX-TV contract expired. The “noncompete” clause in his Channel 19 contract prevented him from working at Channel 5 until Oct. 1.

“Channel 5 didn’t have a male anchor, so it just was the right fit. Channel 19 wanted me to stay, but they were facing budget problems. I’m very lucky,” says Atherton of Montgomery.

Atherton, Channel 19’s main co-anchor since the Fox station started news in 1993, will be paired with Sheree Paolello, a Channel 19 writer-producer in 1996.

They will anchor at 5-6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., until Sandra Ali returns from maternity leave, says Richard Dyer, Channel 5 president. More…