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Michelle Hopkins retuning to TV as 'Cincy Lifestyle' co-host

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Michelle Hopkins returns Aug. 22 to WCPO-TV, where she began her Cincinnati TV career in 1996.

The former WCPO-TV and WLWT-TV anchor-reporter is joining Pete Scalia and Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw as hosts of WCPO-TV's 10 a.m. lifestyle show starting Aug. 22.

While shooting videos for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, former local news anchor-reporter Michelle Hopkins wondered if she could get another TV gig.

And she did.

Hopkins, who came to WCPO-TV in 1996 from WBNS-TV in Columbus, has been named a new co-host of WCPO-TV's daytime Cincy Lifestyle show along with Pete Scalia and Cincinnati newcomer Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, former host of the Quad Cities' Living Local program. Longtime hosts Clyde Gray and Mona Morrow left the show in April.

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Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw hosted "Living Local" in the Quad Citiies.

"When I started hosting videos for the hospital — diversity training and those related to the opening of the new critical care building last year — I started to think about getting back into TV. So when the part-time opportunity presented itself at WCPO, it seemed like a perfect fit," Hopkins says.

For the past five-and-a-half years, Hopkins has done community relations and communications at Children's Hospital. She also had worked at Mercy Health and the Hamilton County Community Action Agency after stints at WCPO-TV (1996-98) and WLWT-TV (2000-2010).

"I’m thrilled to be back doing what I love. I look forward to connecting with viewers on the air in Cincinnati — again!"

Scalia joined the Cincy Lifestyle team a year ago as multimedia content reporter and producer after working 10 years at Columbus TV stations where he was very public about his severe rheumatoid arthritis. The Oak Hill High School graduate and Delhi Township native has been a full-time host since June 15.

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Delhi Township native Pete Scalia joined the show in August 2021.

He has worked at WXIX-TV, WRRM-FM, WSAI-AM, the Bengals Radio Network and three years as WLWT-TV's traffic reporter. He also has played keyboards around Greater Cincinnati for 30 years with his father, Tony, in their band, Snidely Whiplash.

A former Miss Iowa, Hughes-Shaw’s media experience includes TV reporting, magazine writing, podcasting and social media management. She won an Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in digital reporting "and has most recently worked as the host of the lifestyle show, Living Local, on WHBF-TV in the Quad Cities," according to the WCPO-TV announcement.

Hughes-Shaw earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication with a certificate in critical cultural competence from the University of Iowa. She is a former Miss Iowa and advocated for mental health awareness and suicide prevention during her tenure, the announcement said.

"Joining the Cincy Lifestyle team is a dream come true. I’m excited to see all that the Queen City has to offer. I’m looking forward to learning what makes this city tick and bringing that to life through storytelling," Hughes-Shaw said in the media release.

Linda Hudson, WCPO-TV sales director, said that "Cincy Lifestyle is a valuable local program for our viewers and customers. Having at least two local hosts from Cincinnati was important in our search," she said in the release.

WCPO-TV calls Cincy Lifestyle "an original, local lifestyle show with informative, useful and entertaining content. Advertisers purchase time within the show to feature new and unique aspects of their business," according to the release.

The show at 10 a.m. weekdays "features local organizations, businesses and happenings throughout the area," the release says. The team of Scalia, Hughes-Shaw and Hopkins debuts Aug. 22.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.