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TEGNA8 tabs Cleo Greene as new Daybreak weekend anchor/reporter, hires Matt Howerton as weekday reporter

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Matt Howerton and Cleo Greene being added to TEGNA8 news staff.

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TEGNA8 has hired Cleo Greene as its new weekend Daybreak anchor/reporter. She’ll start on Jan. 25th after arriving from Minneapolis’ ABC affiliate, KSTP-TV.

The Dallas-based station also is adding Matt Howerton to its reporting staff. He’ll begin on Nov. 20th and most recently has been with Albuquerque’s KOAT-TV, also an ABC station.

TEGNA8 news director Carolyn Mungo announced both hirings Wednesday afternoon in a staff memo obtained by unclebarky.com.

Greene has been with KSTP since February 2015. The search continues for a weekday Daybreak co-anchor after Alexa Conomos announced her intention to leave the station back in January of this year. Management since has persuaded her to keep extending her stay while her eventual replacement hangs in the balance. Earlier this fall, both staff reporter Sonia Azad and former CBS This Morning co-anchor Vanita Nair received on-air tryouts with incumbent weekday Daybreak co-anchor Ron Corning.

Previous stops for Greene include WBOC/Fox21 in Salisbury, MD and WRDW-TV in Linwood, NJ. The 2008 Rowan University graduate also has interned for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and with Cosmogirl magazine.

In her KSTP station bio, she says, “Story telling allows me to meet new people and explore different communities and cultures in my own backyard. I’m happy to call Minnesota home. I feel like I’ve found a hidden gem.”

Howerton, who lately also has been doing weathercasts for KOAT, is an Ennis, TX native and 2012 Baylor University graduate who interned at TEGNA8 during his college years. He joined KOAT from KWTX-TV in Waco and also has interned with New York City’s WABC-TV.

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