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Popular Austin Anchor Fred Cantu Returns to TV Full-Time, Following Stint at Home Depot

Fred Cantu, who many viewers in Austin know simply as “Uncle Fred,” has left his job in the hardware department of a local Home Depot to join KEYE full-time.

Cantu, who has been working as a fill-in anchor for KEYE over the past few months after departing his regular position there in 2010, is now anchoring the CBS-affiliate’s morning newscast.

Cantu told the Austin American-Statesman recently that he now has a contract with KEYE for “a couple of years at least.”

After leaving KEYE in 2010, Cantu had trouble finding another TV job so he started working at Home Depot to make ends meet and support his wife Laura, who requires a wheelchair to get around.

Cantu celebrated his final day at Home Depot on Sunday, and the staff there got him a cake.

“Everybody at Home Depot is so happy for me,” he told the Statesman. “One of the managers told me if I ever wanted to come back I have a home there.”

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