Morning anchor Abby Powell Turpin leaving WNWOWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated with comments from WNWO at 11:30 a.m.
Abby Powell Turpin, anchor/writer/producer for WNWO’s morning show, has ended her contract with the station early.
Turpin will be moving to Lincoln, Neb., where she will be anchoring, reporting and producing at Gray Television’s KOLN, the No. 1 station in the market.
Turpin’s husband, Travis Turpin, is from Lincoln and the couple got married there last year.
Turpin has been at WNWO since last summer, after working in Texas. She grew up near Columbus.
In an email to Toledo Free Press, Turpin said she regrets that she is breaking her contract, but called the decision “a dream move.”
“My husband and I have been working to land in a city where we have family. My husband’s family is in Lincoln, and we also got married in Lincoln. It is a great college city where we look forward to raising our family,” Turpin wrote.
“I have enjoyed my year as the morning anchor and producer at WNWO. I regret in some ways leaving this contract early, but the decision to buy out my contract was an easy one for me because I know it will be worth it in the long run to be in a city with our family and at such a great, established station. I’ve met many talented fellow journalists here in Toledo, and I hope WNWO will someday become a great force in the market under the new Sinclair Broadcasting management. My thanks to all of the viewers of WNWO Today for their support and well wishes.”
WNWO staffers Brittany Patterson and Nick McGill have been filling in for Turpin until a new fulltime anchor is hired, said Chris Topf, president and CEO of WNWO.
“The station is sad to see her go, but we understand this is a dream move for her and we wish her all the best going forward,” Topf said.
Topf said he hopes to announce a new hire within a few weeks and have that person on air by mid-July.