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For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more. Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU. Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

Michelle Boutillette Returns To WKRC-TV Newscasts

It’s just temporary, but viewers will see meteorologist Michelle Boutillette on WKRC-TV at 8 a.m. Sunday doing forecasts for the Liz Bonis-Adam Clements anchor team.

She says she’s doing some freelance fill-in work to replace Josh Knight, who left “Good Morning Cincinnati” Sunday for WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., a sister Sinclair station.

Boutillette switched careers when her Channel 12 contract expired at the end of 2012 to do community outreach for the Children’s Hospital Medical Center Heart Institute. She returned to TV last summer on WLWT-TV, while Channel 5’s Randi Rico and Jennifer Schack were on maternity leave.

Knight’s departure solves the mystery behind Channel 12 posting a job opening June 17 for a weekend meteorologist/features reporter.  He had worked at Channel 12 since April 2013.  Going to the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C. is a homecoming of sorts for Knight. He grew up in Maryland, and his wife’s family is from Virginia.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.