HER CRYSTALLINE, sky-blue eyes probably caught your attention before you even read these words.

CBS3's Eyewitness News team has a permanent replacement for former traffic reporter Bob Kelly, who moved over to work the roads for Fox 29 in October.

Enter Meisha Johnson, who starts Monday.

Johnson drove more than 1,100 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, and she'll soon appear on "Eyewitness News This Morning."

This frees up Vittoria Woodill, a freelancer, to do other projects for the station, including CBS3's "Down the Shore" segment, which airs from a different beach town every Thursday.

"I'm so excited to be a part of the CBS family," Johnson said. "I'm eager to get started and to meet the great people of Philadelphia, learn all about this amazing city, its culture and what it has to offer. And, of course, check out the local sporting events!"

Johnson hails from Minneapolis, where she had been a traffic reporter at Fox's KMSP-TV since 2013. This is the same market where her new boss, Brien Kennedy, worked, although he was at the CBS affiliate there.

Kennedy became president and general manager of CBS3 in April, whereupon he began making some swift changes in personnel and programming.

Barkley's back

Don't be surprised if you happen to see basketball legend Charles Barkley out and about in Philly sometime soon.

Sources say that Sir Charles is training at the Joltin' Jabs (4303 Main St.) boxing studio in Manayunk, owned by former pro fighter-turned entrepreneur Joey De'Malavez.

The former 76er lives in Arizona but keeps a home in Penn Valley. For the last six years, he's returned to the East Coast during summertime to train and exercise under the tutelage of De'Malavez.

Sources say that a health threat with diabetes caused him to begin taking his weight loss seriously and to get into boxing.

My spies tell me that Barkley dropped by the Valley Beach Poolside Club, at Valley Forge Casino Resort (1160 First Ave., King of Prussia), on Saturday, where he was spotted on the dance floor and posed for pictures with fans.

On Sunday, he reportedly hit up Derek's restaurant (4411 Main St.), in Manayunk.

Welcome for new Eagle

The Center City Mitchell & Ness (1201 Chestnut St.) sports store will be hosting a reception and welcoming party tonight for Byron Maxwell, new cornerback for the Eagles.

Mitchell & Ness is partnering with Maxwell's management team and i-g creative, a Philly-based entertainment marketing agency, to connect him to some key Philadelphians, including business leaders and "local influencers" (Ed Rendell?) Just who they are though, no one would say.

Asked what Maxwell will be doing there, his PR people told me that he would be "networking and getting to know his new neighbors and future friends from Philadelphia."

The event is invite only. It's from 6 to 9 tonight at the store.

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