According to a memo from WABC news director Camille Edwards obtained by TVSpy, Nelson will be a weekend morning co-anchor and reporter. He will begin in the new year, replacing Phil Lipof, who is joining WCVB in Boston. News of the move was first reported by FTVLive.
It is a return to local news for Nelson, who joined ABC News from WWL in New Orleans in 2010. He anchored “World News Now,” ABC’s overnight newscast, until earlier this year, when he became a correspondent for all the network’s platforms.
Read Edwards’ full memo after the jump.
I’m very excited to announce that we’ve hired Rob Nelson as our new weekend morning co-anchor and reporter. Rob is currently a correspondent for ABC News, where he also anchored World News Now and America This Morning for three years. He’s anchored breaking news coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Rob got his start in journalism as a newspaper reporter at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. That is where he transitioned into television as a reporter and anchor at WWL-TV. Rob is from South Jersey and graduated from the University of North Carolina.
Rob will join our great weekend morning team after the first of the year. I know you will join me in welcoming Rob to the WABC and Eyewitness News family.
Vice President/News Director