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Cosplay fan the new 10 p.m. anchor at WOAI

August 30, 2018 GMT

WOAI has named a permanent co-anchor for its 10 p.m. newscast. Irene Cruz will take the seat beside Randy Beamer next week at the NBC affiliate, which is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

She also will be a reporter on WOAI’s 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. newscasts.

Cruz most recently worked as an anchor and reporter at ABC10 in Sacramento, California. She started her career in Yuma, California, after graduating from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor’s degree in literary journalism.

“We are excited to add such a talented journalist to our team,” News Director Mandi Johnston Mendoza said in a statement.

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Cruz takes the place of Evy Ramos, who lost her job in January 2017. Ramos co-anchored the 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Since then, Beamer has anchored solo at 10 p.m., and Delaine Mathieu has co-anchored at 6 and 6:30 p.m. in addition to 5 p.m., a job she already had.

Away from the news desk, Cruz’s interests include writing science fiction and cosplay — dressing up as superheroes and other characters. On her Instagram account, she has posted photos of herself dressed up as Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman and Aquaman — hash-tagged #genderbent — among others.

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