WBAL-TV Channel 11 has expanded its news team with the announcement Nov. 26 that it had hired a new co-anchor for its weekday morning newscast.

Jason Newton, a Baltimore native, will join current anchor Mindy Basara on weekday mornings. Newton grew up in Baltimore and attended City College High School and the University of Maryland. He will debut on the station’s coverage of the Washington Monument lighting Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. before joining Basara full-time on Dec. 16.

Newton began his career at WBOC on the Eastern Shore and most recently worked as an anchor at Milwaukee’s ABC affiliate. He is married and has two children.

“This is a dream come true,” Newton said in a statement. “I look forward to joining a newsroom known for its award-winning investigative journalism and political coverage. WBAL-TV is the station I grew up watching. Coming home to cover everything that makes this city special is an honor and a privilege.”

When Newton debuts, Stan Stovall will join Donna Hamilton as co-anchor of the station’s 11 p.m. broadcast beginning Dec. 30.

“Newton will be a great addition to our newsroom. As a native Baltimorean, he knows how to connect with our viewers and is invested in our community,” said Michelle Butt, news director at WBAL-TV 11.