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Jon Kelley, Melody Mendez to anchor 'Good Day Chicago'

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 10:28 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (MCT) — Fox 32 Chicago has named Jon Kelley and Melody Mendez as anchors of "Good Day Chicago."

The pair will helm the 5-hour morning news show along with recent addition Natalie Bomke, the station announced Tuesday.

Meanwhile, morning co-anchor Dawn Hasbrouck is shifting to the 9 p.m. newscast, replacing longtime anchor Robin Robinson, who is stepping down to become host of Fox 32's "Chicago at the Tipping Point" investigative series. Hasbrouck will co-anchor with Kansas import Jeff Herndon, who joined the station this month.

Robinson will yield the anchor chair on November 27, according to station executives.

"I will miss interacting every weeknight with the wonderfully engaged and informed Chicago news audience, it has been an honor and privilege," Robinson said in a statement "I look forward to continuing and even expanding a tradition of reporting stories that explore the issues, challenges and solutions that strive to make a difference in our lives."

Kelley, who served as a sports anchor for WMAQ-Ch. 5 for eight years, comes to Fox 32 from San Francisco, where he was co-anchor of the morning news program, "Today in the Bay" on KNTV-TV. Earlier in his career, he was an anchor for Fox Sports Network. Kelley also served as a host for ABC's "The Mole" and the nationally syndicated "Extra" program.

"To say I'm excited about this opportunity would be an understatement," Kelley said in a statement. "I'm energized to join forces with a team that's passionate and committed to compelling and engaging storytelling."

In a statement, Dennis Welsh, vice president and general manager of Fox-owned WFLD-Ch. 32, called Kelley "a dynamic journalist whose news instinct is innovative, curious and bold."

Mendez joins Fox 32 from KDVR-TV in Denver, where she was an anchor and reporter for three years. Mendez starts Nov. 11 and Kelley on Dec. 2, according to executives. Current morning co-anchor Corey McPherrin will stay with the station in a new role, according to sources.

On Monday, Anna Davlantes announced she would be stepping down as co-anchor of "Good Day Chicago" and leaving the station after four years. Her last day on the air at WFLD-Ch. 32 will be Nov. 8.

(c)2013 Chicago Tribune Distributed by MCT Information Services

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