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WRAL has named its replacement for retiring anchor Bill Leslie

WRAL has named the anchor who will replace exiting Bill Leslie on the morning and noon news shifts. Jeff Hogan, from WBNS in Columbus, Ohio, will start with the station Jan. 29, 2018.

Leslie announced in October that he will retire in June.

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Jeff Hogan joined WRAL in January 2018. Courtesy of WRAL

WRAL made the announcement about Hogan’s hiring in a press release on Thursday. According to the release, Hogan will “serve in a variety of roles” before eventually replacing Leslie.

Hogan has worked at WBNS in Columbus since 1998, holding gigs as the morning news anchor and sports anchor. He has won Emmy and Associated Press awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news coverage of a terror attack on Ohio State’s campus. He was also the face of the station’s Commit To Be Fit fitness campaign.

In his anchor role at the local NBC affiliate, he’ll work alongside Renee Chou, Elizabeth Gardner, Brian Schrader and Lena Tillett.

Hogan is a native of Milford, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Rhode Island.

Other WRAL departures

▪ Longtime anchor Lynda Loveland left WRAL last week, after announcing in September that she was taking a job with Farm Bureau that would allow her more time with her two children. She was replaced by Kathryn Brown, who anchors alongside Gerald Owens on the 4 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts on WRAL and the 10 p.m. newscast on Fox 50.

▪ Lead anchor David Crabtree also announced in September that he is retiring in November 2018. Crabtree has been the station’s lead anchor since 1994.

▪ Reporter Julia Sims left in November to take a communications job with the city of Raleigh. Meteorologist Nate Johnson also left in November to be the Director of Weather Operations with NBCUniversal.

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