CBS Evening News weekend anchor Russ Mitchell is making the rare jump back to local television, joining Gannett's WKYC Cleveland as lead anchor and managing editor of evening news. He'll anchor the 6 and 11 p.m. news on the NBC affiliate. He starts Jan. 16.
Mitchell also anchors The Early Show on Saturdays and is a national correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. He replaces Romona Robinson in Cleveland, who announced her departure from WKYC earlier this month.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my years at CBS and the challenges and excitement of a network role," said Mitchell, "but I've been offered a unique opportunity to help create the next generation of local news in a great place and have a key role in trying to make a difference in a wonderful community."
Local TV talent frequently makes the jump to a network job, but the opposite path is far less traveled.