WRAL’s Morning News on FOX 50 Expands with an Additional Hour Weekdays 9-10 a.m.

Ken Smith and Lena Tillett set to anchor the new hour of news beginning June 3

Lena Tillet & Ken Smith

Lena Tillett and Ken Smith set to anchor new hour of WRAL News on FOX 50, Weekdays 9-10 a.m. beginning June 3.

No matter when you wake up, WRAL News is there for you! Beginning June 3, it’s even easier to catch your favorite local news at a time that’s convenient for you when WRAL’s Morning News on FOX 50 expands by one hour each weekday, 9-10 a.m. Veteran WRAL News anchors Ken Smith and Lena Tillett will anchor the additional hour of news.

“WRAL’s morning news has tremendous momentum right now, so it’s perfect timing to add this hour, ” said Joel Davis, WRAL-TV/FOX 50 Vice President and General Manager. “It will feature WRAL’s traditional emphasis on covering major news and weather, but will also include an even larger emphasis on community in this hour, focusing on some of the incredible people and events in our area.”

Julian Grace

Julian Grace joins the WRAL News team, will take Ken Smith’s place anchoring weekend evening newscasts on WRAL when Smith moves to 9 a.m. on FOX 50 with Lena Tillett.

Ken Smith leaves the weekend news anchor chair for this new assignment with Lena Tillett. “We’re really excited with the pairing of Lena and Ken. They’ll make a great team, showcasing their abilities to deliver a wide range of news and information in a compelling, engaging manner,” said WRAL News Director Rick Gall.

Taking Ken’s place on WRAL’s weekend evening news will be Julian Grace, who recently joined the WRAL News team. He previously worked as a reporter at KMOV-TV in St. Louis and most recently as a weekend anchor at WISH-TV in Indianapolis. He’s an accomplished journalist, having won a number of Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and SPJ awards.

With the addition of this new hour of news, WRAL’s total news per weekday increases to 10.5 hours.

Thanks to WRAL-TV for this capcom story & for these capcom photos.

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