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Jackie Cain joins KSTP-TV, replacing Leah McLean on 2 weeknight newscasts

Leah McLean will stay with the station in an anchor/reporter role.

More changes to the Twin Cities TV scene as an anchor is leaving her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a job in Minnesota. 

Jackie Cain of Pittsburgh's WTAE is joining KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities and will replace longtime anchor Leah McLean on Channel 5's 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. 

McLean, an anchor with KSTP for the last 13 years, will continue anchoring the 5 p.m. news but will otherwise move to a reporter role. 

“This is something that I have been thinking about for quite some time, and I recently made the decision that I wanted to make this move," McLean said in a statement. 

KSTP notes that the highlight of Cain's career thus far is her coverage on Dr. Bennet Omalu as he discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of formed Steelers star offensive lineman Mike Webster.

Omalu's character in the blockbuster movie Concussion was played by actor Will Smith.

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According to Cain's bio, she graduated with honors from West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, where she was also the main anchor of WVU NEWS. She went to WVU on a dance scholarship and minored in theater and dance.

She said her most memorable story was covering Dr. Bennet Omalu and his discovery of the brain disease CTE during the autopsy of Steelers Center Mike Webster.

KSTP hasn't announced when Cain will make her debut. 

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