Anchor Tenikka Smith-Hughes Joins CBS47 and FOX30 Action News

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – July 29, 2014 – Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager of Cox Media Group (CMG) Jacksonville TV’s WAWS/WTEV announced today that Tenikka Smith-Hughes will be joining our team early this fall.

Smith-Hughes comes to Action News from Eyewitness News at WSOC Channel 9 in Charlotte, NC where she is the weekday morning anchor for Eyewitness News This Morning on TV64. Tenikka joined WSOC as a reporter in 2009 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor two years later.

“We were searching for a key team member to fill this anchor role at WAWS/WTEV, and Tenikka has everything we were looking for,” said Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager for WAWS/WTEV. “Her commitment to the community and journalism are qualities that will benefit our newsroom and our city.”

“Tenikka is an exceptional storyteller,” said Bob Longo, news director of WAWS/WTEV. “She’s both smart and talented and has a knack for finding the exact right emotional tone to communicate those stories to viewers so they get the most from them.  Whether it’s on the set anchoring or in the field reporting, Tenikka always works to deliver the newest details and information that matters to them.

Smith-Hughes graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. She also earned her master’s in Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park, graduating with honors.

Smith-Hughes isn’t done with her education. She plans to pursue her doctoral degree with an emphasis on media and minority studies.

“I am very excited to join the CBS47 and FOX30 Action News family as we continue our mission to provide viewers quality coverage and original content,” Smith-Hughes said.  “My husband and I look forward to being a part of the community and calling Jacksonville home.”

Smith-Hughes is a newlywed and will be moving to Jacksonville with her husband Timothy.  She enjoys mentoring young people, trying new cuisine and traveling.

About CBS47 & FOX30 Jacksonville
CBS47 WTEV is the Jacksonville-Brunswick area’s CBS network affiliate station, and can be found on broadcast channel 47. Most Comcast subscribers can view CBS47 on Cable Channel 6. Subscribers of other cable or satellite systems may consult their providers for station lineup information. WTEV-HD, in high-definition digital transmission, can be seen on Comcast digital cable channel 433, or received over-the-air with  a high-definition digital television receiver. WTEV is owned by Bay Shore Television, LLC. TV VIEWING AREA: The Jacksonville-

Brunswick designated market area (DMA) covers 9 Florida counties (Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns,  Union) and 6 in Georgia Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Pierce, Ware). Nielsen Media Research estimates the Jacksonville DMA comprises 659,170 TV households.

FOX30 WAWS is the Jacksonville-Brunswick area’s FOX network affiliate station, and can be found on broadcast channel 30. Most Comcast subscribers can view FOX30 on Cable Channel 10. Subscribers of other cable or satellite systems may consult their providers for station lineup information. WAWS-HD, in high-definition digital transmission, can be seen on Comcast digital cable channel 434, or received over-the-air with   a high-definition digital television receiver. WAWS is owned by COX Television Jacksonville, LLC.  TV VIEWING AREA: The Jacksonville- Brunswick designated market area (DMA) covers 9 Florida counties (Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns,    Union) and 6 in Georgia (Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Pierce, Ware). Nielsen Media Research estimates the Jacksonville DMA comprises 659,170 TV households.