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Former Cleveland newsman John Hambrick dead at 73

Former Cleveland newsman John Hambrick dead at 73


(Cleveland) John Hambrick has died at the age of 73 after a battle with lung cancer. Hambrick was a well known news anchor in the Cleveland market. He anchored the 6:00 and 11:00 o'clock news from 1967 to 1975. He worked with Dave Patterson, Dorothy Fuldheim, Gib Shanley and Don Webster. Hambrick took WEWS news from 3rd to 1st in the ratings.

Hambrick grew up in East Texas and Louisiana and Texas was where he chose to spend the final part of his life. Hambrick loved anchoring the news but his dream was to be an actor. He actually studied theater in high school and at the University of Texas. He later dropped out of UT and went to Hollywood to become a star. He landed roles in General Electric Theater and Playhouse 90.

After anchoring news in Wichita Falls, Texas, he accepted an anchoring job at WCPO in Cincinnati, owned by E.W. Scripps, the parent company WEWS, events transpired from there leading him to Cleveland.

Hambrick left Cleveland in 1975, and went to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami.
He retired from television and returned to Texas.  Get breaking news sent to your mobile phone.Text "news" to 21095.

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