Longtime South Florida anchor Laurie Jennings is leaving WPLG-Ch. 10.
The Miami-ABC affiliate announced the news Monday during its noon broadcast. Jennings, who has been with the station for 15 years, will leave in May.
The station reported that she “asked to be released from her contract so she could spend time with her twin boys over the summer, as well as with her aging parents.” Jennings’ sons Luke and Jake are 13.
“It's very difficult to think of not being there every night for our loyal viewers, but hopefully, they'll see me even more now out in the community,” said Jennings on the WPLG website. “Change is hard, but it's exciting!”
Jennings was a morning anchor in Boston at WHDH-Ch. 7 before moving to Miami 21 years ago to anchor at sister station WSVN-Ch. 7. She also worked at MSNBC in New York. In 2004, she returned to South Florida and began anchoring at WPLG with Dwight Lauderdale and then Charles Perez.
During her time there, she helped deliver news coverage of some of the region’s biggest news stories from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the pope’s papal visits to Cuba to Hurricane Irma. In all, she has six Emmy awards for her work.
Jennings was also part of the team when the station moved from its longtime Biscayne Boulevard studios in Miami to its new facility in Pembroke Park.