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After 16 Years at WMAQ, Kim Vatis Leaving For ‘New Adventures’

kim vatisAfter 16 years at WMAQ, Kim Vatis is leaving the NBC owned station in Chicago, media reporter Robert Feder reports.

In a note to WMAQ staff obtained by Feder, vice president of news Frank Whittaker said Vatis is “an integral part of NBC 5 News both on the street as a reporter and on the anchor desk. Her work is exemplary — she is aggressive, hard-working and always gets the goods.”

“Kim has decided it’s time for a change in her life. With her daughter, Dakota, now off to college, Kim is hoping to travel more and take on other projects outside of local television news,” Whittaker wrote. “While Kim is off to new adventures, she and I have discussed continuing her relationship with NBC 5 News on a part-time basis, both for daily reporting and special projects. We’ll be working out those details in the weeks ahead.”

Vatis, the weekend morning anchor, will officially sign off December 1.

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WMAQ Expands Weekend Morning Newscasts

WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, is expanding its weekend morning newscasts by two and a half hours.

Starting July 27, the station’s Saturday morning newscasts will air from 5 to 7 a.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. On Sundays, the morning newscasts will run from 5 to 7 a.m., 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Kim Vatis and Anthony Ponce remain the co-anchors.

The weekend edition of “Today” airs on WMAQ from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 7 to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Chicago’s WMAQ Shuffles Weekend Anchor Lineup

WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago, has announced a shake-up to its weekend anchor lineup beginning next month.

Anthony Ponce has officially been named weekend morning co-anchor. Ponce has been filling in alongside Kim Vatis since Stefan Holt‘s promotion in February.

Dick Johnson, who currently anchors the Sunday evening newscasts, will add the Saturday evening newscasts to his anchoring duties, replacing Lisa Parker. She will return to reporting full-time and will fill in as an anchor as needed, according to a WMAQ statement. Read more