Best Of 2020

Best Exit from a Storied News Broadcaster: Rob Braun

When veteran Cincinnati broadcaster Rob Braun announced he was leaving his anchor position at Local 12 (WKRC) after 35 years with the station, he gave a hint as to what led to that decision. A part of the conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, Local 12 was caught up in controversy and backlash last year after a video went viral featuring anchors from various Sinclair affiliates reading identical scripts for promo spots that parroted Donald Trump’s attempts to deride the press as biased “fake news.” Sinclair has been criticized for making affiliates air right-wing editorial commentaries. After his announcement, Braun posted on Facebook about his departure, which followed an exodus of other Local 12 employees, explicitly naming Sinclair as a reason for his decision to leave. “I want you to know that I am not retiring,” he wrote. “Ch 12 is NOT forcing me out. In fact they offered me a generous contract. I am choosing to leave. There is no ‘real story’ but.... Sometimes in life, you just know, it’s time to move on. I don’t feel I fit well with the Sinclair News model.”