Spectrum is a statewide news outlet for Wisconsin when its launched.
Starting Wednesday, there’s a new news player on Milwaukee TV.
Spectrum News 1 will air on Channel 1 on Spectrum’s cable systems in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, carrying mostly local news programming. Spectrum has news operations in place in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, as well as reporters who will cover the rest of the state.
Mike Bair, executive vice president of Spectrum Networks, said Spectrum has hired 25 journalists in Wisconsin.
Some of them are names that’ll be familiar to Milwaukee news-watchers.
Sachelle Saunders, who was an anchor and reporter at WDJT-TV (Channel 58) in Milwaukee from 2013-’16, is the anchor of Spectrum’s weekday morning newscast starting at 6 a.m., with weather reports from forecasters Kristin Ketchell and Brooke Brighton.
And Craig Koplien, who spent 11 years at WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), returns as part of the channel’s evening newscasts, including anchor Jason Fechner and chief meteorologist JD Rudd.
Spectrum also has a bureau in Washington, D.C., with journalists focused on developments affecting each state.