Starting Monday, WJHL Channel 11’s news anchors will switch newscasts, with Josh Smith anchoring the nightly news and Sara Diamond going to mornings and noon.
Smith will anchor the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. 11 Connects newscasts, while Diamond will begin the day’s news from 5 to 7 a.m. and be back for the midday news. Diamond will continue doing medical reports and other news that will be seen at night, while Smith’s work will also be seen by morning viewers.
Smith is a Bristol native who has anchored the morning news at WJHL for 12 years. Smith, who lives in Elizabethton, graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He began his career in TV news in 1991 with a part-time job in Knoxville, where he also did radio news. After a three-year stint as a TV reporter in Bristol, he joined the staff at WJHL in 1999.
He and his wife, Kristen, have two boys.
Diamond, who has been at WJHL for nearly a decade, is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Luther College in Iowa. Her first anchor job was in San Angelo, Texas, then she moved to a station in Tulsa, Okla., before moving back to San Angelo to take a job at a different station.
Previously nominated for an Emmy Award, Diamond was also recently named one of the most influential medical reporters on Twitter. She and her husband, Marty, have two children.
WJHL and the Bristol Herald Courier are owned by Media General.