Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

News Anchors Hail from Larger Cities

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

News Anchors Hail from Larger Cities

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The most visible members of Jacksonville's newest news team are

relatively young, have mostly worked in larger markets and, for

the moment at least, are all white.

That last point concerns Jim Church, WJXX TV-25's news

director. He hinted that the one major anchor job still to be

filled -- a co-anchor for the station's 5:30 and 7 p.m.

newscasts -- could be an African-American. And he added that his

staff already includes a number of black reporters, a black

weekend anchor and a black executive producer.

"We do have a responsibility to mirror the community," he said.

"I assure that our minority representation will be what is


Here are the people hired to fill the other key anchor


Bruce Hamilton: Hamilton, 42, worked as an anchor in Orlando,

where he spent 12 years, and in Philadelphia, where he spent

the last six years. He will co-anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

newscasts permanently and will fill in as co-anchor at 5:30 and

7 p.m. until a replacement is hired.

He said he took a pay cut to come to this market for two

reasons, one professional, one personal.

Professionally, he said, he liked the challenge of building

something from scratch. "This is not something that is going to

happen overnight," he said. "But we are here for the long haul."

Personally, the divorced father of four sons wanted to be

closer to Orlando, where the boys live with their mother. "Being

close to them is a priority in my life."

Karen Adams: Adams most recently worked for the Fox affiliate

in Boston, the station where former WJKS TV-17 anchor Tory Ryden

went last year. Previously, Adams, who will co-anchor at 6 and

11 p.m., worked in Louisville.

On vacation in the Caribbean when she accepted the job this

week, she did not arrive in Jacksonville until yesterday and was

unavailable for an interview. Church declined to say how old she

is, but noted she graduated from college in 1987. …

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