Anchor John Bachman Joins CBS47 and FOX30 Action News

07/16/2014

Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager of Cox Media Group (CMG) Jacksonville TV’s WAWS/WTEV announced today that John Bachman will join the FOX30 and CBS47 Action News team early this fall.

Bachman comes to Action News from CMG’s Channel 2 WSB-TV in Atlanta, where he started as weekend anchor 7-years ago. In 2011 he was promoted to be co-anchor of the 4 p.m. weekday newscast. 

“We were looking for the right person to fill the anchor role at WAWS/WTEV,” said Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager for WAWS/WTEV. “I’m happy that our news room is getting a journalist of John’s caliber. His commitment to journalistic excellence and knowledge of the inner-workings of a newsroom, are qualities that will benefit our stations and the Jacksonville community.”

“Journalism is about proper perspective and credibility. I can’t wait to get started with CBS47 and FOX30 Action News as we work to earn and keep that credibility,” said Bachman. “I look forward to getting out and getting to know the people of Jacksonville.”

“John is a consummate pro – a smart, experienced community-minded journalist who’s ready to roll up his sleeves and dig into the stories that matter most to our viewers,” said Bob Longo, news director of WAWS/WTEV. “He’s a journalist. It runs in his blood. His experience sets him apart. We couldn’t be happier that John has decided to make Jacksonville home.”

Bachman grew up in a newsroom where his father had been an anchor for more than 30 years. He graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. and then began his television news career as a reporter in Sioux Falls, SD. He has also worked in Raleigh, NC. Bachman will be moving to Jacksonville with his wife and three daughters.

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