Megan Mitchell, the WLWT weekend morning news anchor with almost two million TikTok followers, has been brightening up the days of Cincinnati residents since 2016. But now Megan Mitchell is leaving WLWT in January 2023. Since the announcement came out, her fans have been asking questions, and they especially want to know if she will also be leaving Cincinnati. Thankfully, the anchor answered most of their questions. Here’s what Mitchell has to say about her departure from WLWT News 5.
Megan Mitchell Exits WLWT
The Brookfield, Connecticut native graduated in 2014 with a BS in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. While in college, she worked for student-run broadcast news WEBN-TV and interned with NBC Universal Media, LLC.
After she graduated, Megan Mitchell got her first job as a morning news anchor and reporter at KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota. The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA) recognized Mitchell’s work for her documentary, Two-Spirit Native Americans, by awarding it first place among all local news stations nationwide. She also bagged first place in the Eric Sevareid Awards for that documentary.
Megan Mitchell became a weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter for WLWT News 5 in 2016. The LGBTQ+ influencer anchors the highest-rated morning show, News 5 TODAY, every weekend. Moreover, she has received a Power of Her Award for LGBTQ+ advocacy from the Human Rights Campaign of Cincinnati.
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She also received an Emmy in 2020 for her reporting on teen suicide. The TikTok star with 1.8 million followers bagged Best TV Anchor and Best Journalist by the Best of Cincinnati Awards in 2022. Also, she finished in third place for the Cincinnatian of the Year, barely behind Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and Fiona the hippo. She was also named a 2022 LGBTQ+ TikTok Trailblazer.
The reporter recently got a tour of the White House in its full holiday-decorated glory from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. The chance to talk to Dr. Biden one-on-one is her most significant career moment.
But now Megan Mitchell is leaving WLWT, and her last day on the air is January 1, 2023. The anchor announced her departure in October 2022 and will be moving to Dallas in January, where she accepted the position of weekday morning anchor for WFAA-TV.
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About her new role, Mitchell said she “will focus specifically on LGBTQ+ stories in Texas during a time when a number of pieces of legislation and rhetoric are hitting the state.”