Lancaster Station Names Replacement for Retired Anchor

By Kevin Eck 

WGAL anchor Jere Gish has been tapped to replace retired anchor Kim Lemon as co-anchor of the Lancaster, Pa. NBC affiliate’s 6, 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Gish will start his new gig on Dec. 13.

“This truly is my dream job. I grew up watching WGAL 8 and it has been a great honor to work with many of the journalists who inspired me to pursue journalism,” said Gish. “This TV station has earned the trust of the community over many decades. The key now is to continue earning it every day. I look forward to taking this next step in my career and I’m excited for the challenge of maintaining a long history of excellence.”


Gish told PennLive he takes the responsibility very seriously.

“When somebody like Kim retires, it’s a loss for our newsroom,” said Gish. “For those of us [still working here], we kind of carry on that legacy.”

Gish joined WGAL as a weekend morning anchor and reporter in 2002,  Two years later, he left to work at KMBC in Kansas City, but he returned to WGAL in 2009.Jere Gish

“WGAL News 8 has a high standard of trusted, ethical journalism that started over 70 years ago,” said WGAL president and general manager Justin Antoniotti. “Jere exceeds those standards and truly embodies what commitment to excellence means. His extensive knowledge and love for the Susquehanna Valley make him the perfect fit to bring viewers the news every weeknight.”

The station announced some other changes to its anchor lineup, which will also happen on Dec. 13. Janelle Stelson and Danielle Woods will co-anchor the 4 p.m. newscast. Brian Roche and Stelson will co-anchor at 5, and Gish and Woods will co-anchor at 6 and 10 p.m. Stelson and Gish will co-anchor at 11 p.m. Chief meteorologist Joe Calhoun will work every weekday evening newscast. Sports anchor Mike Hostetler will be seen every weekday evening at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m.