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Main sports anchor Brad Steinke is leaving WKRC-TV after two years, so Channel  12 is looking for a "great sports anchor/reporter" with "solid experience" creating online and social media content.

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Lauren Hill always wanted to make a documentary chronicling her battle with an inoperative brain tumor.

WKRC-TV gave her a video camera, and she filmed herself a couple of times, at least. You'll see the footage in "#Play for 22: The Story of Lauren Hill," a new documentary by Channel 12 news anchor Brad Johansen and photo journalist Eric Gerhardt airing Thursday (7 p.m., Channel 12).

Lauren, who died a year ago, would be very pleased, says her mother Lisa Hill.

"This is an amazing piece. She would be really proud," Hill told the audience after Sunday night's screening at Kenwood Theatre. "I wish she was here to see it."

Brad Johansen

Truth be told, Brad Johansen didn't want to give up his CBS play-by-play career or leave WKRC-TV sports in 2014. But his bosses really wanted him to switch back to news, where he started his career at Channel 12 in 1992.

In a tearful discussion with his wife Colleen, they decided she would return to teaching full-time at Mason Middle School, and Johansen would switch to news so he could "stay at home and put the kids (ages 13 and 8) on the bus."

Soon after he started co-anchoring the 4 p.m. news in September 2014, "the first story that came my way was Lauren Hill," he says.

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WKRC-TV will air a commercial-free hour Monday on  “Childhood Poverty: Cincinnati’s Crisis,” a topic explored by Channel 12 reporters since last fall.

Anchor Brad Johansen will host the discussion with local poverty experts before an invitation-only audience at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 7 p.m. Monday.

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WLWT-TV premieres the city’s third 10 p.m. newscast on Jan. 11 by pre-empting “Hogan’s Heroes” on sister Me TV Channel 5.2.

Promos aired during the Bengals-Broncos game Monday night on Channel 5 featured news anchor Sheree Paolello, meteorologist Kevin Robinson and sports director George Vogel. That’s three-fourths of the 11 p.m. team who will do half-hour newscasts at 10 p.m., says Richard Dyer, Channel 5 president and general manager. All are Cincinnati natives.

Why not main co-anchor Mike Dardis, who came to Channel 5 from Seattle in 2012?

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Will Stephen Colbert on CBS’ new “Late Show” Sept. 8 be as funny as the self-important character Colbert played hosting Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report?”

He’s no dummy. He won six prime-time Emmys, two Peabody Awards and a Grammy for his satirical “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central from 2005 to 2014.  And if he’s not an immediate sensation – as Jimmy Fallon was replacing Jay Leno – I think he’s smart enough to figure it out in the first few months hosting the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS, Channel 12).

It comes down to this: Will the real Colbert be as entertaining on CBS as the fake Colbert was on Comedy Central?

That’s the question I asked WKRC-TV’s Brad Johansen, who interviewed Colbert for Channel 12 promos on the air now and a story to air Tuesday night before Colbert’s premiere. (Have you seen the one where Colbert calls him “Brad So Handsome?”)