Cole Named 7 News This Evening Anchor & Managing Editor

Cole Named 7 News This Evening Anchor & Managing Editor

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Veteran 7 News anchor Jeff Cole will become anchor and managing editor of 7 News This Evening effective May 1, WWNY/WNYF/MeTV general manager Ed Bassler announced Monday.

Cole, who anchored 7 News This Morning and 7 News At Noon for the last 13 years, takes over for Anne Richter, who is retiring April 28 after a distinguished 37-year career at WWNY/WNYF.

Watch the video for the announcement aired live on 7 News At Noon.

In his new role, Cole will be the solo news anchor for 7 News’ highly rated and award-winning 7 News This Evening, which airs Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. 

He will also serve as managing editor for the broadcast.

In this management role, Cole will serve as producer of the broadcast, will play a key role in guiding the content, look, feel, and pace of the newscast, and will serve as a driving force on the management team to continue to strengthen the quality and long-term success of the 7 News product across all platforms.

“We are proud of Jeff’s many accomplishments at 7 News and in our community, and his demonstrated success as anchor of 7 News This Morning and 7 News at Noon has more than prepared him for this new role in an ever-changing market and world," Bassler said. "We are also proud to have in Jeff a North Country native who is proud of and committed to his hometown."

“Jeff brings not only a familiar face and deep-rooted knowledge of the stories and issues that are important to our viewers, but also provides part of our long-term vision to continue to be the region’s source for local news and information,” said Scott Atkinson, news director.

Cole is a West Carthage native who has been honored with awards from the Associated Press and NYS Broadcasters Association. 

He is extensively involved in community activities, including the Braman’s Block project for Habitat for Humanity on what was once his family's business land.

A search is underway for Cole’s successor as anchor of 7 News This Morning.

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