Lori Wilson is the new co-news anchor during the prominent evening news segments for WISH-TV (Channel 8).
Station officials announced recently that Wilson will serve as co-anchor for 24-Hour News 8 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. She will continue to co-anchor WISH-TV’s 5 p.m. newscasts.
Wilson replaced veteran anchor Debby Knox, who retired.
With Wilson’s promotion, all four of Indianapolis’ major television stations have African-American women as anchors in prominent prime time news segments.
Steve Bray, program director for WISH-TV, said the station is fortunate to have Knox’s vacancy filled by a Hoosier native with “a strong news background” and experience.
“Lori’s talent, integrity, and storytelling are fantastic,” Bray said. “Since joining WISH-TV, Lori has done a tremendous job of connecting with our Central Indiana viewers.
Wilson, originally from Columbus, Ind., joined WISH-TV’s 24-Hour News 8 earlier this year after more than a decade of anchoring in Top 10 television markets and as a fill-in for MSNBC.
She anchored at WCAU-NBC 10 in Philadelphia, prior to joining WISH-TV. Previously, she was an anchor at WGCL in Atlanta and KSLA in Shreveport, La. Wilson landed her first job at WCIA in Champaign, Ill., while still working as an intern at WGCL (WGNX).
Wilson said she is thankful that her love for writing and storytelling has led her to success in her journalistic career.
“I’m thrilled and humbled to receive this incredible opportunity,” said Wilson. “WISH-TV has a long history of excellence in news reporting and weather coverage. I am honored and look forward to continuing that tradition Central Indiana viewers have come to expect from 24 Hour News 8.”
Wilson graduated from North Central High School before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists. She is also active as a mentor with the Center for Leadership Development.
Wilson joins Eric Halvorson to co-anchor 24-Hour News 8 at 6 and 11 p.m., along with meteorologist Robb Ellis and sports director Anthony Calhoun. She will co-anchor 24-Hour News 8 at 5 p.m. with David Barras.