Three West Virginia University alumni will report the news as part of the new early-evening anchor teams for WTOV9 , the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, Ohio.

WVU graduate Allison Latos will join longtime news anchor and fellow Mountaineer Eric Minor and chief meteorologist Kevin Carter on the anchor desk forNEWS9 Live at Five.

Meanwhile, WVU graduate Jackie Cain will join Minor and Carter to co-anchorNEWS9 at Six.

Latos, a Wheeling native, received her bachelors degree in journalism from the WVU P .I. Reed School of Journalism in 2006. She has anchoredNEWS9 Sunrisesince 2006.

Her duties were expanded in 2007 when she began co-anchoringNEWS9 Midday.In her new role, she will continue to anchor the noon newscast.

Latos said she looks forward to not only delivering the news to the Ohio Valley each day, but also continuing to work in the field, gathering and reporting stories.

I am very excited to continue working with a news team I respect in a place I call home,Latos said.I grew up watching NEWS9 and am truly honored to take on this new position. Working with the wonderful team at WTOV9 has taught me a great deal. I feel very blessed and look forward to the new challenges and experiences ahead.

Cain earned her bachelors degree in journalism from WVU in 2007. She has been with the station since 2006 and has served in a variety of anchor positions. She currently co-anchorsNEWS9 Tonightat 11 p.m. with Minorwho graduated from WVU with a bachelors degree in journalism in 1995.

Cain will continue to anchor the late-evening newscast and serve as a general assignment reporter and investigative reporter in her new expanded role.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to expand my role on the anchor desk at WTOV9 and continue to work with Eric, Kevin and the entire team on �€~NEWS9 at Six,said Cain, who routinely uncovers stories and reports live from the scenes of breaking news.

Everyone at WTOV9 works extremely hard to bring home the news that matters most to our viewers, and continuing that tradition will be my top priority,she added.

Maryanne Reed, dean of the School of Journalism, said having three alumni on the WTOV9 anchor team reflects WVU s outstanding faculty and excellent track record in preparing students for careers in 21st-century mass communications.

Allison, Jackie and Eric were excellent students in the School of Journalism and have gone on to make us proud with their accomplishments in the industry,Reed said.Their success demonstrates the quality curriculum we provide our students and the high level of teaching in our broadcast news program.

WTOV -TV is owned by Cox Media Group, which operates 15 television stations in 11 markets, radio stations and newspapers. It is part of Cox Enterprises Inc., one of the nations leading media companies and providers of automotive services.