When Janelle Hall was 16 and a student at Oil City High School, she worked for the two FM radio stations in town.
"My mom would drive me to remotes," she said.
Now, Ms. Hall has been promoted to anchor of WTAE-TV's noon newscast. She follows Sally Wiggin, who had handled the noon anchor shift since 2004 and recently became host of the ABC affiliate's one-hour prime-time special series, "Chronicle."
"Sally gave me a hug before the noon news [Monday]," said Ms. Hall, who went on air just minutes after WTAE announced her new position.
Ms. Hall, a graduate of Kent State University, previously served as a weekend news anchor before transitioning to weekday morning traffic and breaking news. She will continue her weekday morning role, working with anchors Michelle Wright and Kelly Frey. Also on the morning show is meteorologist Demetrius Ivory, who will handle the weather at noon, too.
"He is one of my best friends. He's kind of a calm presence in the middle of a storm, no pun intended," said Ms. Hall, who joined WTAE in 2004.
The two were working the weekend newscast on the Saturday morning in April 2009 when three City of Pittsburgh police officers were shot and killed.
"An accomplished journalist and skilled live broadcaster, Janelle is a great fit for the noon newcast," said Charles W. Wolfertz III. "In addition to her professional background, Janelle has a proven relationship with Pittsburgh news viewers."
Maria Sciullo: email@example.com, 412-263-1478 and on Twitter: @MariaSciulloPG. First Published July 1, 2013 4:15 AM