News anchor Jim Blue returning to ToledoWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Television news anchor Jim Blue is returning to Toledo to serve as news director and co-news anchor of WNWO’s 6 p.m. weeknight newscast.
Blue has been working as news director and 10 p.m. news anchor at WFFT, an independent television station and former FOX affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind., since April 2009.
Prior to working in Fort Wayne, Blue was a news anchor at WNWO for six years. He moved to Fort Wayne after WNWO did not renew his contract in 2008. Blue is also a former columnist for Toledo Free Press.
Blue said the job at WNWO was an opportunity to return to Toledo, where his wife has continued to live while he commuted on weekends from Fort Wayne.
“This is an opportunity for me to accomplish two things. It allows me to be back in Toledo and it also allows me to work in Toledo, which has been, in many respects, my home since 2002,” Blue said. “I felt the time was right and it was certainly an attractive opportunity to come back to WNWO and a great opportunity to return to Toledo.”
Blue’s first day at WNWO will be Jan. 21, with his first day on the air coming later that week.
Blue’s last day at WFFT, where he helped helped launch and build the station’s news operation, will be Jan. 18.
“We’re grateful for Jim’s efforts in launching the news operation and for his dedication in growing WFFT Local,” said Bill Ritchhart, vice president and general manager of WFFT-T, in a news release. “He is a fantastic journalist and was a real asset to our station.”
“I have nothing but good memories of my time in Fort Wayne, and I wish everyone at WFFT the very best and continued success,” Blue said in the release.
Blue has also worked in Dayton and Columbia, S.C., since starting his television career in 1974.