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News anchor with Chattanooga roots returns to co-anchor mornings

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John Martin (left) joins LaTrice Currie and David Karnes for Channel 3 Eyewitness News Today. John Martin (left) joins LaTrice Currie and David Karnes for Channel 3 Eyewitness News Today.

WRCB is pleased to announce the addition of John Martin to Chattanooga’s #1 morning newscast. He will co-anchor with LaTrice Currie, meteorologist David Karnes, and the rest of the Channel 3 reporting staff to keep viewers updated on developing news and traffic stories. 

John is no stranger to Chattanooga. It is a place he has lived or visited his entire life. His late grandparents raised his father in Sale Creek. John was born and raised in Knoxville; but, he eventually made his way back to Chattanooga to attend UTC. His brother also attended UTC and still lives here.

He began his television career in Knoxville at RIVR Media, where he created stories for national cable networks like A&E, HGTV, Animal Planet, etc. He then moved to local news at WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, as a photojournalist and feature reporter.

After six years with WBIR, John relocated from the Smoky Mountains to the Rocky Mountains to be a reporter/anchor at KXRM, the Fox affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He left local news briefly to serve the mayor of Colorado Springs as his communications specialist before returning to the career he loves. 

“Even after moving from Knoxville to Colorado, I would come back a couple times a year to visit my brother in Chattanooga,” John said.

“I love going to McKenzie Arena to cheer on the Mocs basketball team. At least one trip a year included a game at Finley Stadium. I spent my summers there and Mowbray Mountain, exploring the hills of southeastern Tennessee.”

John will relocate to Chattanooga at the end of the month and immediately begin visiting all counties in the viewing area. He will join the morning newscasts sometime in mid-June.

He added, “Even though this is considered a move to a new city, coming back to Chattanooga feels like coming back home. I'm excited to rediscover this town. I'm excited to meet its people. I'm excited to be a part of it and I just can't wait to get there.”

“There is such a rich history at Channel 3. I feel fortunate to be a part of its legacy. The morning team has been together for years. That speaks volumes to their dedication to one another, and the viewers who faithfully turn to them on a daily basis. I'm excited to add my experience to the team. I will work to earn the respect of the Channel 3 viewers. I'm dedicated to keep them informed and tell their stories.” 

John Martin will move to Chattanooga after Memorial Day and spend a couple weeks visiting all counties in the Channel 3 viewing area before joining the team on-air in mid-June.

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