Iconic newsman Leon Bibb returning to the air on WKYC Channel 3

August 6, 2018

Iconic newsman Leon Bibb returning to the air on WKYC Channel 3

CLEVELAND -- Leon Bibb is returning to the station where his broadcasting career in Cleveland began.

WKYC Channel 3 announced Monday the Broadcasting Hall of Famer is joining the station to do special reports and commentary that “put a spotlight on people and places in Northeast Ohio.” Bibb, 73, will make his debut tonight on the 6 p.m. newscast.

“I just feel there are stories still waiting to be told-- people you should meet and places you should go. I miss the opportunity to tell a good story,” he said in a press release. 

“Leon is on the Mt. Rushmore of Cleveland journalists,” WKYC anchor and managing editor Russ Mitchell told cleveland.com. “A true trailblazer. I’m able to sit in my anchor seat today because Leon sat in it first.”

Bibb came to WKYC via WCMH-TV 4 in Columbus back in 1979. In 1986, he was promoted to anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. He was the first African-American to hold that position in Cleveland, after becoming the first in Ohio to do so ten years earlier in Columbus.

In 1995, the iconic newsman, whose eloquent style of writing and presentation could turn any news story into poetry, moved to WEWS Channel 5 where he remained until last year. He retired from anchoring and reporting last August, but stayed on as host of the public affairs program “Kaleidoscope” and a commentator.

Bibb is a product of Glenville High School who got his start as a journalist at The Plain Dealer in the late 1960s. He also served in Vietnan, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. 

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