Anchors Aweigh

Two former newscasters battle to be the next mayor of a still tense Cincinnati

When Ken Jobe, the news director at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, interviews prospective newscasters, the first thing he hears is, "I promise not to run for mayor." Anywhere else, that would be a lame joke; at Channel 5, it's a necessary disclaimer. Talk-show host Jerry Springer was an anchor at the station after serving as mayor from 1977 to 1978; current officeholder Charlie Luken quit his job as a WLWT anchor to run for the post. And one day last June, anchor Courtis Fuller read the news at noon, handed Jobe his resignation and jumped into the race against Luken.

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