Channel 5’s Maria Stephanos to coanchor new newscast

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WCVB Channel 5’s Maria Stephanos will coanchor a new show, “NewsCenter 5 at 4:30,’’ beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, the station announced Wednesday. Stephanos will be joined by coanchor Ben Simmoneau and chief meteorologist Harvey Leonard.

Stephanos, a Groveland native, currently coanchors “NewsCenter 5’’ at 6, 7, and 11 p.m., as well as MeTV Boston’s “10 O’Clock News.’’

The new evening newscast is part of a greater shake-up at WCVB to start off 2019. WCVB “Weekend EyeOpener’’ coanchor Doug Meehan will become the third anchor on NewsCenter 5’s “Weekday EyeOpener.’’ His weekend role will be filled by general assignment reporter Jennifer Eagan.

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