John Kucko replacing Rachel Barnhart at WROC

Democrat and Chronicle  Staff report  May 26, 2016

John Kucko, current sports director at WROC (Channel 8), will take over as main anchor of the News 8 First at 4 broadcast in late June, according to a story on News 8’s website.

Kucko is replacing current anchor Rachel Barnhart, who is leaving the station to pursue new opportunities. Barnhart is widely expected to announce a challenge to Assemblyman Harry Bronson, D-Rochester, in the state Democratic primary Sept. 13.

"I love Channel 8, have spent half my life here and have been blessed to work for people who believed in me and supported everything I did and wanted to do,” Kucko was quoted as saying.  “Over the last few years, my interest has really shifted to photography and digital content, and this move allows me to pursue these passions and chart a new course.”

Succeeding Kucko as News 8 sports director is sports reporter Thad Brown.