DFW anchors Lindsay Wilcox, Nerissa Knight departing

Posted 1:28pm on Tuesday, Jun. 03, 2014

Lindsay Wilcox, who anchored the weekend-morning newscasts at KXAS/Channel 5 and had reporting duties during the rest of the week, announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that she is leaving the station.

“After nearly 7 years, I've decided to leave KXAS,” Wilcox tweeted. “I will miss my co-workers & am so thankful for the viewer support over the years!”

Wilcox, a Dallas native and a graduate of both Irving High School and the University of North Texas, came to NBC 5 in August 2007 from KLTV-TV in Tyler. Read her bio here.

The station forwarded Wilcox’s statement to her co-workers: “The past six years have been such a blessing to me and my family. Working in my hometown has been a dream come true and the great co-workers and opportunities at NBC 5 have been the icing on the cake. I will miss seeing each of you every day, but I know this is the right thing for me and my family.”

Wilcox and her husband, Raymond, have three small children, including a baby boy, Porter, born to them in March (they also have a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy).

“We will miss Lindsay,” Susan Tully, vice president of news, said in a staff statement the station also forwarded to DFW.com. “She’s a solid journalist, delightful on the air, and an enjoyable coworker. We wish her and her family all the best in the future.”

Wilcox is the second departure announcement at NBC 5 in the past few weeks. The station announced May 13 on its own Twitter feed that Randy McIlwain, who has been with NBC since October 2003, will be joining KNBC/Channel 4 in Los Angeles as the station’s consumer reporter. KXAS and KNBC are both owned and operated by NBC Universal..

In other departure news:

--Local-TV blogger Ed Bark reports on his Uncle Barky’s Bytes site that Nerissa Knight, who anchored the “Need to Know” segments on KDAF/Channel 33’s morning show Eye Opener, has left the station. Reached via email by DFW.com, Knight confirmed the departure but declined to comment (she also declined to comment to Bark). But citing “several sources close to the situation,” Bark reports that Knight is also head to LA, to work for KTLA, which like KDAF is owned by Tribune broadcasting.

DFW.com reported on the offbeat Eye Opener in August 2012 as part of our “Wakeup callers” package about morning-news teams. Knight, whose DFW tenure also included a stint as an anchor reporter at KTVT/Channel 11, is the third Eye Opener host mentioned in that story to depart; Danielle Volmar and Sean Dowling have both left the nationally broadcast, DFW-based show, with only Oliver Tull remaining with the program, now co-hosting with former Miss Wisconsin USA Alex Wehrley.

--Also via Uncle Barky: Veteran KTVT/Channel 11 sports reporter Steve Dennis is leaving after 16 years with the station. “They just up and took my ball away from me and told me to go home,” Dennis, 53, told Bark via email. Dallas Morning News sports-media columnist Barry Horn was the first to report Dennis’ departure, saying the Dennis’ contract wasn’t renewed.

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