WWSB Tampa To Launch 7 P.M. Newscast
On Monday, Sept. 14, Calkins Media-owned ABC affiliate WWSB Tampa, Fla. (DMA 13), is will debut a news newscast. ABC 7 News at 7:00 will have an investigative point of view, featuring a long-form report on a topic of the day as well as a live, roundtable discussion with community leaders and newsmakers. The program will also include a quick recap of the day’s top stories and weather.
ABC 7 News at 7:00 will be anchored by Alan Cohn, an award-winning journalist and former candidate for the United States Congress. Prior to joining WWSB, Cohn was an investigative reporter at WFTS Tampa; WTNH New Haven, Conn.; WAMI Miami; and New England Cable News in Boston.
He was recognized in 2007 with the George Foster Peabody award, one of journalism’s highest honors, for his investigation that uncovered that defective parts were being installed on Black Hawk helicopters built by Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft. Cohn has also won numerous other awards for investigative reporting, including several Emmys and a Florida Associated Press award.
In making the announcement, Jeff Benninghoff, WWSB general manager and VP of broadcast at Calkins Media, said: “We, as a company, believe strongly in localism and have expanded our commitment to providing quality news and local programming. We believe that this 7 p.m. newscast will provide the perfect forum for more in-depth reporting — and debate — on important issues and stories in the Suncoast community.”
Steve Sabato, director of news and digital content, added, “We are very excited to provide more local news for the Suncoast audience. ABC 7 News at 7:00 will give us the ideal platform to better serve working professionals, and others, who may not be available for our early evening newscasts.”