New look for 24 Hour News 8 newscasts

New Daybreak anchor, set changes and traffic enhancements start Monday

Viewers tuning into 24 Hour News 8 on Monday will notice a number of changes that will enhance the station’s newscasts. It’s all designed to give viewers the best coverage of local news and weather that impacts their lives.

“24 Hour News 8 Daybreak” welcomes Teresa Weakley to the team on Monday, October 17. Weakley joins Casey Jones on the anchor desk along with meteorologists Terri DeBoer and Matt Kirkwood. The newscast will include more news focused on preparing viewers for the day ahead.

Weakley is a Kalamazoo-area native returning to her West Michigan roots from the WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Buffalo, NY, where she anchored the morning news. She’s an experienced, Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 10 years of experience reporting big stories — like the 2016 presidential race and historic lake-effect snow in Buffalo.

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“It is already so nice to be back where I grew up and see my children make memories with our family here,” said Weakley. “I’m excited to be a part of our viewers’ mornings and help keep them informed about what’s happening in West Michigan.”

WOOD TV8 News Director Dan Boers said he’s thrilled to welcome Teresa to the morning team.

“I’m sure viewers will immediately connect with Teresa and recognize her passion for journalism and love for West Michigan,” he said.

The new “Daybreak” will also feature changes to Traffic 8 and the way it prepares drivers for the morning commute. 24 Hour News 8’s Tom Hillen will now be the dedicated traffic reporter focused on alerting drivers to backups, construction projects and areas to avoid across the 14-county viewing area. Tom will have a real-time traffic system with easy-to-understand graphics that will pinpoint drive times, traffic speeds and detours.

In addition to the changes on “Daybreak,” “24 Hour News 8 at Noon” will now have a dual anchor team; Emily Linnert will join Susan Shaw and meteorologist Matt Kirkwood on the newscast. In addition to her anchor role, Linnert will take on an exciting new project for the station where she will report on important health and education issues that are important to families in West Michigan. Her first reports will be seen starting Wednesday, October 19 at 5 p.m.

Viewers will also notice new graphics on the newscasts and technology upgrades in the Storm Team 8 Tracking Center. In addition, the set’s video wall has expanded to a whopping width of 24 feet to better showcase breaking news and severe weather.

All of these changes come just weeks after the team launched “24 Hour News 8 at 7,” which is West Michigan’s only local newscast at 7 p.m. The show features anchor Marlee Ginter and Storm Team 8 meteorologist Kyle Underwood and takes a deeper look into consumer issues and developing news of the day.