ATLANTA -- On August 4, 11Alive is launching a new morning newscast: "Atlanta Alive."
The new two hour newscast (5 a.m. - 7 a.m.) will deliver compelling, exciting news and information that will continue to hold the powerful accountable and make metro Atlanta a better place to live. This newscast will first and foremost explain how weather will affect your day/future plans and help you navigate through Atlanta traffic. Naturally, we'll bring you the news you expect every morning, but we'll also provide you with hope and a sharable moment to carry with you through your day.
Atlanta Alive will be anchored by Vinnie Politan and a team of smart, clever, friendly experts to help you get ready for the day. Meteorologist Chesley McNeil will be providing clear and helpful weathercasts. Crash Clark and Fred McFarlin will be navigating our viewers through Atlanta morning traffic. Tracy Humphrey will provide headline news updates each half hour and Jaye Watson will be presenting the "11Alive Morning Moment" -- something special each half-hour that makes you think, smile, laugh or cry. This could be a profile of a great character, a Random Act of Kindness, or something else. Whatever form it takes, it will be a celebration of the human spirit and sharable -- something we all need each morning in a crazy, hectic Atlanta lifestyle!
Our journalists who will be holding powerful accountable and bringing our viewers the absolute latest on the big stories of the day are Jennifer Leslie, Kaitlyn Ross, Ryan Kruger, and Blayne Alexander.
This new approach to our morning news will result in some schedule changes and new responsibilities for some of our journalists while at the same time allowing us to create some exciting new opportunities to enhance our online and evening newscasts.
Karyn Greer will be providing her Emmy Award-winning journalistic talents and wonderful charm and personality to our digital content, evening newscasts and anchoring the noon newscast. To capitalize on the growing importance of our social and online products, Karyn will be the face of our digital updates and social media. It's not uncommon for us to reach millions of people with just one Facebook post. It's where we connect with more people than on air, allowing us to make an even bigger difference in the community. Karyn will be a major part of that outreach. She will also be working on the "big interviews" and primetime specials -- a void in this market for the past few years. Additionally, she'll be filling in anchoring on our evening newscasts. (Click here to watch Karyn's announcement!)
Other changes include: "Commuter Dude" Jerry Carnes, education reporter Donna Lowry and "Ways to Save" reporter Valerie Hoff will all work throughout the day continuing to focus on their specific areas of expertise. In other words, Jerry will still be Commuter Dude, Donna will still cover education stories and stories that affect our children (starting August 11, she will be the lead reporter on the APS Trial), and Valerie will be working daily on stories that help our viewers save money and be better consumers.
Jeremy Campbell will bring his great storytelling talents to the late news.
We're excited about this big change and look forward to bringing you the news and information that you need on-air and online! Please LIKE our Facebook page to get the latest updates!