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Area native Jessica Tighe joins Tom Durian and Lance Hill on WDJT-TV CBS 58's morning and noon news shows.

New CBS 58 gig brings anchor back home


There's something to be said about having a good home-field advantage.

For morning and noon anchor Jessica Tighe, her new job at WDJT-TV CBS 58 brings her back to familiar territory.

"I've been cheering for the Packers forever," the southeastern Wisconsin native said, explaining that she would get some grief from her former co-workers at KWQC-TV in The Quad Cities. "But now I'm here among all the great fans."

Tighe took her new spot on the desk with co-anchor Tom Durian and meteorologist Lance Hill just last week. She takes over for Jennifer Tomazic, who left the market to follow her husband who took a job in Pittsburgh.

"I've always loved to write," Tighe said of her first foray into the greater media world, working as the managing editor of the student newspaper at Brookfield East High School. "I liked to tell the story, and know what's going on."

She took that love for story telling over to video and went to college at Indiana. Out of school she worked as a reporter and anchor at WOAY-TV in West Virginia and WXOW-TV in La Crosse, before heading to the Quad Cities.

Now, she gets the chance to rediscover the region while working for the station that bills itself as "We are Milwaukee's news," in its latest jingle.

"I really like the team here," Tighe said. "Tom (Durian) and I have similar news philosophy, and when I first got here, he took the time to take me around a little bit and show me the community."

Tighe said that she enjoys the opportunity to get out into the community to meet and interact with people, and she's looking forward to some of her reporting duties at the station. Along with anchoring the early morning and noon newscasts on the CBS affiliate, she will be contributing "Making Milwaukee Great" segments for other newscasts and will work on the 30-minute "Racine & Me" program that runs on sister station WMLW-TV Ch. 41.

Tighe's parents and other family members live in the area, and she has fond memories of attending Bucks game as a child and watching the Brewers play. She says she's looking forward to catching some more games in the near future.

"I'm a bit of a foodie," she said. "I'm looking forward to trying out some great restaurants."

Well, as her family has already done, we welcome you back home, and we look forward to the stories you are going to tell.

ADDRESS: Your regularly scheduled programming will be different tonight as President Obama delivers his State of the Union address. Most of the networks will make room for the speech during its prime time schedule, as well as most cable news outlets.

I haven't received programming notes from all new outlets, but I'll share the ones that I have:

Fox News Channel will run the speech live starting around 7:55 p.m. along with the Republican response. "Special Report's" Bret Baier will anchor the special coverage with contributions from political analyst Juan Williams and contributors Charles Krauthammer and Nina Easton. Neil Cavuto will anchor Fox Business Network's coverage with Peter Barnes and Rich Edson reporting live from Washington, D.C. Following the address, John Stossel will host a special edition of "Stossel" with a live studio audience to react and discuss the event.

CNN is covering the evening like an election night, with reporting led by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, Jake Tapper, Kate Bolduan and Erin Burnett. Dana Bash will be in the House Chamber while Jessica Yellin reports from the White House. John King, John Berman and Tom Foreman will report from the virtual studio.

MSNBC will have live coverage as well, anchored by Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews beginning at 7 p.m. Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell, as well as Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry.

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