Joe Webb

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Cammy Dierking is one of us. I don't just mean she was born in Cincinnati, and went to Sycamore High School and Miami University.  

She was different from the other Cincinnati-area born and bred folks who we like to get our news and information from: Steve Horstmeyer, Rob Braun, Tricia Macke, Kevin Robinson, Lisa Cooney, Dennis Janson, Tanya O'Rourke, Sheree Paolello, Joe Danneman, George Vogel, part of a tradition going back 60 years to Cheviot native Al Schottelkotte.

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When I asked Cammy Dierking if she knew what she may do after leaving WKRC-TV on Dec. 20, she surprised me with an emphatic “YES!”

She smiled and slid her new business card across the table to me.

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Update at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2: Perry Schaible decided it's time to use her Northern Kentucky University law degree – and stop working weekends and holidays.

Schaible signed off as WKRC-TV's weekend morning anchor Saturday at WKRC-TV, where she had worked since 2010. She earned a law degree from NKU's Chase College of Law in 2013.

"I’ve really enjoyed my career at Local 12, but I decided it was time to move on at the end of my contract," she told me in an email Sunday.

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In his first broadcast interview since leaving WKRC-TV in June, former news anchor Rob Braun told WVXU's Cincinnati Edition Wednesday about how owners Sinclair Broadcast Group changed Channel 12 news; why he decided to leave; and how all of us need to be discriminating news consumers.

The son of long-time Cincinnati TV/radio personality Bob Braun also gave a rare glimpse into his unique childhood with Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Dick Clark and his father's famous friends.

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Got a question for Rob Braun? The former WKRC-TV news anchor will talk to callers during his visit to WVXU's Cincinnati Edition noon Wednesday with host Michael Monks.

Braun, 62, left Channel 12 in June after 35 years when his contract expired. He turned down a new deal from owners Sinclair Broadcast Group because he didn't "fit well with the Sinclair News model."

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A couple days after Rob Braun left WKRC-TV in June, a high school friend asked if he'd like to be the corporate spokesman for family-owned Heritage Bank based in Burlington, Ky.

The more he thought about it – and the more he enjoyed spending new-found time on his Northern Kentucky farm – he decided to accept the contract position after conversations with WCPO-TV and WLWT-TV executives.

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Wednesday 10:45 a.m. June 19 update:  WKRC-TV General Manager Jon Lawhead says the station wanted anchor Rob Braun "to stay, but he decided it was time to move on."  The station is starting "an immediate search – both internal and external – to find our next main evening anchor," Lawhead said.

As I reported yesterday, Braun told the newsroom Monday he was leaving WKRC-TV after 35 years when his contract expires June 28. WKRC-TV posted a story Wednesday morning with these comments from Lawhead:

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What happened to Barak Shapiro? Where's Aly Cohen? How will WLW-TV fill Lisa Cooney's anchor job? And who are all these new TV reporters on Cincinnati newscasts?

Before May ratings' sweeps start Thursday, here's a look at the major changes and new faces on TV since last May:

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UPDATE AT 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28:  Jeff Hirsh's coworkers praise him for being able to do it all. And he did.

In 40 years of Cincinnati television – 21 years at WKRC-TV after 19 years at WLWT-TV – he did breaking news; features; live shots; taped packages; stories about long, tedious court trials and complicated government issues; and wrote and produced several one-hour documentaries.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac asks city council to hire more officers. The first public poll in the Congressional race between Steve Chabot and Aftab Pureval shows Chabot with the lead. A backlog at the state crime lab in Kentucky delays thousands of cases pending DNA testing. Local organizations and developers commit to bringing black-owned businesses to Over-the-Rhine. And a veteran Cincinnati television reporter looks back at a 45-year broadcast news career.

When WKRC-TV reporter Larry Davis retired in July after 35 years covering Cincinnati news – a month after Deb Dixon retired after 44 years at the station  – I posed the question: Are we witnessing a changing of the guard at Channel 12, the station with Cincinnati's most veteran reporting staff?

Today the answer is: Yes, definitely.

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10:45 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 26 update:  Tributes to reporter Joe Webb from former WKRC-TV coworkers Deb Dixon and Larry Davis:

"In a newsroom, we don’t really have time to watch the news. But I made the time to watch Joe’s stories," says Dixon, who retired in May after 44 years at Channel 12. "I knew I would be left thinking about the parties involved, and I would be left feeling something for them. That’s a gift that is fading away in the storytelling world of Facebook Live and tweeting story highlights.