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WZZM journalist gets chance to anchor at 'CNN'

4:30 PM, Jun 5, 2013   |    comments
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CALEDONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -  A WZZM 13 journalist had a chance to anchor at CNN Wednesday morning. We're not talking about the worldwide news organization based Atlanta, Georgia.

This particular "CNN" is in Caledonia, Michigan. It's called, "Caledonia News Network."

WZZM's Brent Ashcroft was invited by the fifth grade news class to anchor the sportscast during the student-run newscast.

Six months ago, Brent and WZZM photojournalist Andy Sugden profiled these fifth graders and their daily grind of gathering and presenting their school news.

After Brent completed his CNN sportscast Wednesday, he asked the teacher and the newscast producer how he stacked up against the rest of the class.

"I'm used to a tele-prompter; how did I do without a tele-prompter?" asked Ashcroft.

"Wonderfully," said Shelli Abel, who has instructed the Caledonia News Network for the past 14 years. "We didn't even know you didn't have a tele-prompter; how did you like not having a tele-prompter?"

Brent then asked Remi Huver, one of the CNN fifth graders who anchors, produces and directs the newscast, if she thought he had a future in broadcasting.

"Yeah, yeah," responded Huver. "If you go on your cue, yes, you have a future [in broadcasting]"

Truth be told, Brent jumped his cue Wednesday morning, but the fifth graders helped him recover.

Brent and Andy's story about CNN (Caledonia News Network), which can be found by clicking HERE, has received a Michigan Associated Press and Regional Edward R. Murrow award, amomg other honors.

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