Best Of 2008

BEST FORMER WEEKEND ANCHOR: Jennifer Leigh, Newschannel 8

Jennifer Leigh

The Gayle Sierens era at Ch. 8 has to end some time — not that we’re in a rush — and we hope that, instead of doing a national talent search, station management looks in house and goes with Jennifer Leigh. We were dismayed to find out that Jen is no longer anchoring weekends, but she still does ace reporting out of Polk County during the week. I guess we can understand that a gal might like weekends off. Even though she’s no longer doing regular duty behind the desk, we’d love to see her there someday — on weekdays. Leigh has an inviting way on camera, relaxed and comfortable with a wry sense of humor to go along with natural news cred. She’s Florida-bred, and has been with Ch. 8 since 1993. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that she’s … s-s-s-smokin’.