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WMAR puts Swoope, Leftwich in anchor roles

Kelly Swoope and Roosevelt Leftwich were announced as the WMAR anchors replacing Mary Beth Marsden and Terry Owens. Marsden and Owens took buyout offers and left the station last week after 21 and 17 years, respectively.

Swoope will anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weeknights replacing Marsden, while Leftwich will anchor 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. Sunday. He replaces Owens in the 5:30 p.m. weeknight slot.

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"I'm confident in my new anchor team," Kelly Groft, news director at WMAR, said in a statement from the station. "Both Kelly Swoope and Roosevelt Leftwich bring many years of anchor and reporting experience to the news desk."

Neither Swoope not Leftwich is new to WMAR. Leftwich arrived at the station in 2000 from WEWS in Cleveland, where he was a reporter. He graduated from Ohio University in 1984.

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Swoope came to the station in 2003 as a medical reporter and weekend anchor from WFTS in Tampa-St. Petersburg. She had worked there since 1994.

Both WEWS and WFTS were E.W. Scripps stations. WMAR is also owned by Scripps.

Channel 2 management also promises new graphics and music for its newcasts starting today.

"It's a new look and sound for Baltimore and will differentiate us from our competitors," Groft said in the station's statement Monday.


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