NewsChannel 9 Names Good Morning Chattanooga Weekend Anchors

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NewsChannel 9 on Tuesday announced the on air team for its new two-hour news program Good Morning Chattanooga Weekend, which starts March 1. That team includes anchor Lauren St. Germain, meteorologist Jason Disharoon and live reporter Betsy Goldin. 

“We’re excited about this new team and viewers will be, too,” said News Director Tom Henderson. “Jason is well known as an outstanding meteorologist with an energetic style and engaging sense of humor. Lauren is a talented fresh face and Betsy has a real skill for live reporting. Viewers can expect the same great news and weather coverage they’ve come to expect from us, at a new time and presented in a fresh new newscast."

Ms. St. Germain joins NewsChannel 9 from WTVY in Dothan, Al., where she was the anchor for the station’s CW Prime Time at Nine newscast. Ms. Goldin is a native of Nashville and has reporting experience in Texas and Florida, and Mr. Disharoon has been with the station since 2011 as a member of the Storm Track 9 Team. 

“We waited to expand Good Morning Chattanooga on Saturday and Sunday until we could do it right – right in terms of staffing, right in terms of resources”, said Mike Costa, general manager. “To do that, it means expanding our news staff – to have a dedicated team focused on producing a weekend morning newscast that will be fresh and useful. That’s what we’ve done: a great new team, for a great new show.” 

Good Morning Chattanooga Weekend starts March 1, at 6 a.m., followed by GMA Weekend Edition at 7 a.m., and a second hour of Good Morning Chattanooga Weekend at 8 a.m. 

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