WKYC's Kris Pickel is off to Phoenix; Sara Shookman to Take Over Anchor Duties

click to enlarge WKYC's Kris Pickel is off to Phoenix; Sara Shookman to Take Over Anchor Duties
The PD's TV writer Mark Dawidziak has reported that WKYC's Sara Shookman will be the new co-anchor for the 6 and 11 p.m. Channel 3 broadcasts, alongside Russ Mitchell.

Shookman will replace Kris Pickel, who's taking a lead-anchor gig at the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. 

Shookman's been doing some anchoring this summer after Pickel announced her impending departure, and evidently the leadership on Lakeside has dug the chemistry between Shookman, (billed as a "journalist of the future") and Mitchell, who arrived in Cleveland in 2012 and has been a favorite ever since.  

Shookman's an Akron native and an OU grad — summa cum laude — and is known in local media circles for being the only reporter from these parts who traveled to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympic games. 

She's happiest, according to her Twitter profile, "with local food, on the water or in downward dog." 

Her first day in the anchor chair will be today, Tuesday, Sep. 22. 

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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