Wednesday, February 11, 2009

BREAKING: Williams Reups with Fox19

Rob Williams will not be headed to Detroit after all. reports today that Williams has inked a new deal, the terms of which haven't been announced. They also announced the promotion of Meghan Mongillo to be the anchor of the Fox19 Morning News @ 4:30am, which is the city's only regular 4:30am newscast. Here's the release from this morning:



CINCINNATI- FOX19 (WXIX-TV/DT) announced today the renewal of Rob Williams as Co-Anchor of the FOX19 Morning News alongside Sheila Gray. The team of Williams and Gray will celebrate their tenth anniversary on the morning newscast in August of this year. "I couldn't be more excited to be keeping the number one morning news team in tact," says FOX19 Vice President/General Manager Bill Lanesey. "Rob and Sheila are more than anchors, they are part of our viewer's lives and morning routine and I am thrilled that we are able to keep them together," adds Lanesey. Says Williams: "Growing up in Japan, I didn't get the chance to experience hometown America. Over the past fifteen years, I have developed relationships both on and off the camera that make me proud to call Cincinnati home."

Rob began his career with FOX19 News as co-anchor of the weekend edition of FOX19 Ten o'clock News in 1995. Four years later, he moved to the fledgling morning news show. Rob and Sheila Gray teamed up in 1999 and together continue to grow the city's most successful morning news show. In 2007, Rob took his passion for personal fitness and launched the station's weekly fitness franchise. "Heathwise: Fitness" is now a regular Monday feature on FOX19. "We're fortunate to have an anchor team in Rob and Sheila who easily flow back and forth between the serious news of the day and the fun that we try to bring to our morning audience," says FOX19 News Director Steven Ackermann.

Before joining FOX19, Rob was a reporter in Hartford, Connecticut and both a reporter and weekend anchor in Yakima, Washington. When not on the air, Rob is an avid runner having participated in six marathons including four Flying Pig Marathons. This year, he qualified for the Boston Marathon. In addition, Rob is active in several local community organizations. Williams resides in Mt. Adams.

FOX19 also simultaneously announced that FOX19 Morning News reporter Meghan Mongillo has been promoted and her duties expanded to include anchoring the FOX19 Morning News @ 4:30. Mongillo has routinely substituted for Dan Carroll on the city's only 4:30 morning news show. She will continue as the station's lead reporter in the morning. "Meghan's cheery attitude is just what early rising viewers expect," says Ackermann.

Mongillo joined FOX19 as the morning show's fulltime reporter in 2005. She came to Cincinnati from Fort Wayne, Indiana and previously worked in Zanesville. Mongillo is a member of Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory's "Kitchen Cabinet" and has been active in a number of other local organizations. "Moving Dan to the evening was a great opportunity for us, but being able to promote Meghan and keep her teamed with Sheila, Rob and Frank will solidify our top rated position in the morning," says Lanesey.

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