Monday, June 30, 2014

WKYC Announces Wale' Aliyu To Join The Channel 3 News Team

Wale' Aliyu
Look for a new face on Channel 3 News this August. Wale' Aliyu is joining WKYC as a multimedia journalist announced WKYC News Director Brennan Donnellan.

Aliyu joins the Channel 3 team after spending the last four years in Ohio. Aliyu comes to Cleveland after reporting, anchoring and producing for ABC 22/FOX 45 in Dayton since 2010.

Before Dayton, Aliyu started his career in Columbia, Missouri where he anchored for, reported for ABC 17/FOX 38 as well as KOMU-TV8.

Aliyu grew up in Columbia, Missouri and graduated Cum Laude with a Convergence/Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

Aliyu has worked several different jobs in the various newsrooms since the age of 15. In addition to broadcast, he also has experience reporting for newspaper, radio and online.

Aliyu says he's comfortable telling stories on any topic but his favorite stories are ones that make an impact on people's lives.

"One of the first television stories I ever did was on human trafficking back in 2007 while I was at KOMU-TV8," he said. "This was before anyone was really talking about it. In our little town of 100,000 people, we spoke to a human trafficking victim who was arrested prostitution. Our story helped get her out of jail and helped spread awareness on a worldwide issue that had come to our town."

When he's not working, Aliyu enjoys playing basketball, writing and performing poetry, and loves to dance. Aliyu says he also loves to travel. He has been to 31 of the 50 states and a few different countries.

Aliyu joins the station on August 4th.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WKYC Launches New 9 p.m. Weathercast For Mobile Devices

WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling
CLEVELAND - Channel 3 Weather is testing a new weeknight weather webcast that you can watch on-line or through your mobile devices like smartphones or tablets.

Every weeknight at 9 p.m., the Channel 3 Weather team, led by Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling, brings you an early look at the weather so you don't have to always wait to get your forecast.

You can find the webcast right at the top of our main page on or through our WKYC News app which you can download for free in the iTunes Store or Google Marketplace.

Or, just text WKYC to 25543 and we'll send a direct link right now to the app store.

It's that easy!

Our webcast is an "off the cuff" and unique broadcast that interacts with you via social media. You can send us your weather photos by tagging us @wkycweather on Twitter or you can hop on our Weather Warriors Facebook page at

We'll give you that night's current conditions, the latest radar scans, a little insight into the weather around us and have some special guests that bring you a preview of what to look forward to on Channel 3 News at 11 p.m.

It's one more way Channel 3 Weather helps to keep you #WeatherReady - anytime... anywhere.

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Monday, June 09, 2014

WKYC Sweeps Major Honors at 2014 Emmy Awards

The 45th annual Lower Great Lakes Emmy®  Award Nominations were presented Saturday night at the Cleveland Convention Center's Grand Ballroom for work done in 2013.

WKYC took home a sweep of the major news catergories including Best Evening Newscast, Best Morning Newscast and Best Breaking News Coverage.

Congratulations to everyone.

Here is a list of WKYC Awards with category and station entrants...

Newscast - Evening - Market 1-20:
  • Channel 3 News at 11 PM - Russ Mitchell, Sara Shookman, Lynna Lai, AJ Ross, Frank Macek, Kris Pickel, Tom Meyer, Jennifer Jordan and Kim Wendel
Newscast - Morning/Daytime - Market 1-20:
  • Channel 3 News Today - Jennifer Nickels, Matthew Granite, Erin Kennedy, Mark Bogden and Brooke Whitney
Breaking News:
  • Miracle in Cleveland - Russ Mitchell, Lisa Lowry, Lynna Lai, Kris Pickel, Grant Debruin, Tom Meyer, Jennifer Jordan, Jennifer Lindgren, Danielle Sills and Kim Wendel
Continuing Coverage:
  • Castro Exclusives - Tom Meyer
Politics/Government - Single Story/Series:
  • Lawmakers and Living Large - Tom Meyer
Societal Concerns - Single Story/Series:
  • Dangerous Cleveland - Kris Pickel, Sarah Bachmann
Promotion - Program Single Spot/Campaign:
  • See the Possible: Focus Campaign - Monique Jackson, Steve Pullen, Matt Quinn
Director - Sports:
  • Cleveland Indians Baseball (Directing) - Pat Murray
Get the full list of 2014 winners HERE:

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