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Cheryl Brayboy, part of the start-up staff at Fox’s WJZY (Channel 46) news operation, is leaving to return to teaching and other projects.
Cheryl Brayboy, part of the start-up staff at Fox’s WJZY (Channel 46) news operation, is leaving to return to teaching and other projects. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Reporter and anchor Cheryl Brayboy, part of the start-up staff in the WJZY (Channel 46) newsroom last January, departs to return to teaching English at Johnson C. Smith University where she is a tenured professor. She also is working on a book, getting a grant for a documentary and helping her husband, Jack Brayboy, with his communications business. “It was an interesting experience creating the newsroom of the 21st century, but it’s clearly a project in transition,” she says of her roles at Fox46 News. “We hit some bumps along the road.” …

Also leaving Fox46 are “Good Day Charlotte” weekend meteorologist Melissa Le Fevre and weekend host Bakari Savage. Former Fox46 sports personality Mike Leslie, who left the station in December, is now working for WZGV-AM (ESPN 730) as a floating host and commentator. He came to WJZY in late 2013 from ABC affiliate in Springfield, Mass., where he was sports director. …

Jeremy Markovich, producer, social media dervish at WCNC (Channel 36), contributor to Charlotte Magazine and sometimes raft guide at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, joins Our State magazine as senior editor and writer. … Returning to Texas after a five-year stint running iHeartMedia’s Charlotte and Raleigh stations, which include WKKT-FM (“Kat” 96.9) and WRFX-FM (“Fox” 99.7), is Charlie Wilkinson, who takes over the company’s cluster of stations in Dallas. In Charlotte, Wilkinson will be remembered for luring the “Ace & T.J.” show to WHQC-FM (“Channel” 96.1) and launching Charlotte’s first FM sports radio station, “Fox Sports 98.7.” …

A funeral was Monday for Bill Ballard, who covered many stories in his career at WBTV (Channel 3), but one of his best came long after he retired. In 2003, he got his first hole-in-one while playing golf at Bogue Banks Country Club at Atlantic Beach; when he returned to Charlotte, he found out his brother, Bob Ballard, had also made one at Larkhaven Golf Club – on the same day.

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