WCPO Anchor Carol Williams Going Part-Time in 2016

By Kevin Eck 

Carol Williams is cutting her hours at Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO in 2016.

WCPO vp & gm Jeff Brogan confirmed with TVSpy Tanya O’Rourke (pictured right), who has been with the station for 23 years, will replace Williams (left) on the 11 p.m.newscast. Williams will continue to anchor the 5 and 6 p.m. news. She plans on retiring in 2017.

Williams started at the Scripps-owned station in 1986. Before that, she worked at WGAL in Lancaster, Pa.


“We have been fortunate enough to have an incredible talent like Carol Williams as our main co-anchor here at WCPO. She is not only a wonderful professional, but just as great person to boot,” WCPO news director Alex Bongiorno told WVXU.org. “After 29 years, Carol is moving to part-time anchor role starting next month.”

Here’s what the station’s anchor line up looks like starting Jan. 4:

Noon – Julie Dolan

4 p.m. Now – Julie Dolan, Tanya O’Rourke

5 p.m. – Craig McKee, Carol Williams

5:30 p.m. – Craig McKee, Tanya O’Rourke

6 p.m. – Craig McKee, Carol Williams

11 p.m. – Craig McKee, Tanya O’Rourke

Brogan told TVSpy the 7 p.m. anchors stay the same with Julie Dolan anchoring and meteorologist Steve Raleigh doing weather.