Marvin Bartlett will have a new partner on the anchor desk when Erika Abe joins Fox 56 10 O'Clock News.
Abe will begin her new duties April 28.
"Her personality is just a great fit for us," said Ronna Corrente, general manager of WDKY-TV.
Abe (pronounced Ahh-bay) might be an unfamiliar name, but she will be a familiar face for some Central Kentucky news junkies. From 2006 until 2008 she worked as Erika Harsh, a reporter and the weekend morning news anchor at ABC affiliate WTVQ-TV.
Abe studied broadcast journalism at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and previously worked in Mansfield, Ohio, and Charleston, S.C.
It was marriage and children that took Abe away from journalism, Corrente said. Abe's experience in reporting in the field and as an anchor made her an excellent candidate for the WDKY job.
Abe replaces Jennifer Palumbo, who left in March after a second stint as Bartlett's on-air partner to accommodate family responsibilities. Palumbo continues to anchor the 4 p.m. newscast at CBS affiliate WKYT-TV, which she was doing with the Fox job. WDKY and WKYT are partner stations.
Bartlett has anchored Fox 56 10 O'Clock News since its inception in 1995. He has had only three co-anchors: Melanie Glasscock (1995-97), Palumbo (1997-2004, 2009-14) and Miranda Combs (2004-09). Combs left to join a marketing firm in 2009 but returned to WKYT last year as an investigative reporter.
The WDKY 10 p.m. newscast has enjoyed consistently strong ratings locally and when compared to other prime-time newscasts around the nation.
Corrente said viewers would have plenty of chances to get to know Abe. A promotional campaign is underway to "get her name and face out there," Cor rente said. "They are going to be running all over our air."