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WISH-TV fills vacant anchor slot with Hoosier native

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WISH-TV Channel 8 has hired a Columbus native to fill an anchor vacancy on its 5 p.m. newscast.

Lori Wilson, an Indiana University graduate, fills a position open at WISH since long-time anchor Deanna Dewberry moved to the bigger Dallas TV market in September to work for KXAS-TV Channel 5.

Lori wilson mug shotLori Wilson

Wilson was most recently an anchor at NBC affiliate WCAU-TV Channel 10 in Philadelphia—a city she may have a hard time forgetting, according to various media reports.

Wilson told the Philadelphia Daily News prior to her departure that he loves her church in the city and that “my guy is here [in Philadelphia].”

She also told the paper’s gossip columnist while shopping for a Mother’s Day card, “It’s not goodbye. It’s, ‘I’ll see you later.’”

Will Wilson eventually eschew the crime, filth and the braggadocio of Philadelphia for the fresh air of her humble Hoosier homeland? Stay tuned.

Wilson worked in 10 television markets over the years, including Atlanta and Shreveport, La. She’s also been a network fill-in at MSNBC.

“After almost 16 years covering news in other cities, I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to work in my hometown, for the station I grew up watching,” Wilson said in a prepared statement.

She will also report live during WISH’s 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

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  • Braggadocio
    Arff...I agree...without getting into a semantic discourse on the precise definition the "B" word, Indianapolis, and Indiana could take a lesson from Philly in being proud and loud. Too often our Hoosier humility gets in the way of a true sense of pride we should express continually. I would love to see real, honest Indianapolis pride clog air traffic control AND the Internet. (LOL)
  • not here
    ". . . the crime, filth and the braggadocio of Philadelphia . . ." Are you implying that Indianapolis has none of the above?
  • Ignoramus
    Welcome Lori! Having moved back from Philly, my family and I share your sentiments. This is just one more sad example of why East (and West) coasters view Indiana residents as ignorant. By the way, the murder rate YTD is on pace to be double last year's here in Indy - those that live in glass houses....
  • really
    It may be your second city David but I'm from PA and I can assure you the philly bragadocio is thick enough to show up on aircraft radar.
    • Hi Lori!
      I went to North Central with Lori! It will be great to see her back here in the city covering news!
    • Two out of three?
      We consider Philly our second city and they do score well on the braggadocio scale, but it's no worse than other metro areas on the other two criteria. Bad attempt at creating some stupid discord in an otherwise boring story.
      • Are You Nuts?
        I lived in Philly for a year. Indianapolis' air quality is far better. Whoever says it isn't hasn't been there. Such comments just don't make sense, scientifically or in any other way.
      • FantasyLand
        Not sure they are talking about the air or water quality.
      • What "Fresh Air?"
        Our metro is among the most polluted in the mid-west.

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