Pittsburgh TV loses two key Black personalities

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DEMETRIUS IVORY AND DARIETH CHISOLM

 

Pittsburgh’s television news programs will be a little less diverse in a few months when Black anchor Darieth Chisolm of WPXI-TV Channel 11, and WTAE-TV Channel 4 meteorologist Demetrius Ivory leave their respective stations.  Ivory has taken a new position with WGN in Chicago and Chisholm decided to resign to spend more time focused on her business and family.

“I have been so blessed to work with the most talented, committed and supportive news team in this industry. In my 20 years here at WPXI I’ve learned so much from many of my colleagues, covered a variety of interesting stories and delivered breaking news that really matters to our viewers,” Chisolm said in a statement on her Facebook page. “But now I must move onto to taking care of the other things in my life that also really matter. My son is entering his senior year in high school and before we send him to college and into the world, I want to spend as much time with him as possible. I have two growing and expanding business, Fullbody Fitness Club and It Works Global, speaking and coaching engagements and lots to do in my next 20 years, so it’s time to make this transition.”

Chisolm began working for WPXI Channel 11 in 1993, but took a four-year hiatus in 2000. Her most recent endeavor, Fullbody Fitness Club, opened in Brentwood in 2011. Chisolm, who was a New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Women of Excellence honoree in 2008, will be leaving WPXI in September.

Ivory came to Pittsburgh in 2005. During his time here he received citywide recognition as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40, Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest selected by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and has been voted Best Weatherperson by Pittsburgh Magazine each year the award has been offered since 2008.

“As we expand our WGN Morning News to 10am, we look forward to Demetrius joining our ‘must watch’ Morning News,” said WGN news director Greg Caputo.  “Demetrius brings a real enthusiasm for meteorology to his work.  His on-air personality and warmth will fit well with our Morning News team.”

Ivory’s last day with WTAE will be Aug. 2. He did not respond to a request from the New Pittsburgh Courier for comment on his departure.

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