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40 years ago, James Hoskins held WCPO newsroom employees hostage


Cover picture for the articleCINCINNATI — Forty years ago, WCPO journalists found themselves in the center of a breaking news situation when a man took the station hostage. James Hoskins, armed with five handguns, a semi-automatic rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, took over the WCPO newsroom the morning of Oct. 15, 1980. The newsroom at the time was at Central Avenue and Fifth Street Downtown.