CLEVELAND - John Hambrick, who ruled the local airwaves on WEWS-TV's Eyewitness News during his eight years in Cleveland, has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
Now 72, Hambrick learned of his illness in early 2013. It has metastasized throughout his body, including his brain.
His son, Jack, told NewsChannel5 that John is now at home near Austin with care to keep him comfortable.
Hambrick began his career in Cleveland in 1967 at age 27. During the heyday Eyewitness News, the tall Texan with the big voice rode to the top of the local news ratings on a team that included Dave Patterson, Don Webster, Gib Shanley and Dorothy Fuldheim. Hambrick had a big impact on the market and was featured in the original Catch 5 promotional spot.
After leaving WEWS in 1975, Hambrick anchored at KABC in Los Angeles. From there, he went to stations in San Francisco, New York and Miami.
He is one of three brothers who all anchored news in Cleveland. Judd Hambrick anchored at WKYC, and younger brother Mike briefly anchored the noon newscast at WEWS so he'd have material for a resume tape.
John Hambrick also performed as a singer and released four albums of music that he wrote. During his television career, he won multiple Emmy awards for his television work.