Kristina’s new world: WLWT in Cincinnati
Former NBC29 anchor Kristina Cruise, who was "reassigned" to general reporting earlier this year to make room for another anchor, has disappeared from the NBC29 website.
But not to worry, Kristina fans. Cruise has a new job with another, much larger NBC station: WLWT Channel 5 in Cincinnati. She's a reporter for its morning news show, and starting on October 17, she's back behind the anchor desk, filling in for the next month for an anchor on medical leave.
"We've seen her anchor and we know she can do that," says WLWT's news director, Brennan Donnellan.
And indeed, Cruise anchored NBC29's news at noon and 5 until she was unceremoniously sent home by the station, purportedly for talking to the Hook without authorization, although former NBC29 staffers say her "special assignment" back to reporting was a move long planned by station management to make room for new anchor Sharon Gregory and Laura French's return from maternity leave.
Cruise's move to the Buckeye state sends her leap-frogging from Charlottesville's number 181 media market to Cincinnati's number 33.
"I see a lot of tapes and DVDs from candidates for positions like this, and they're talented and they look good," says Donnellan. "Kristina really sold us when she walked in the door. Her attitude, her love of journalism– there was a passion there and a sincere commitment to reporting."
He points out that television news gathering is a team effort, and that Cruise displayed the same kind of passion for being a team member. "We talked with other people who knew her and they confirmed that," says Donnellan.
The Hook was unable to reach Cruise for comment before blog time, and hopes her new station won't send her home for talking to us about her new job.