A little late getting to this, but Good Morning Texas co-host Carrie McClure announced via Facebook last week that she will be leaving the WFAA/Channel 8 morning show at the end of April.
“As they say, family comes first,” McClure announced in a March 30 post on her “news personality” page. “I've always been very candid about the fact that this job was to serve a purpose. And it has. I am now able to return where I was before- at home, with my sweet boys and ever-supportive husband.”
McClure also posted a video on Facebook about the two things she would miss the most: Co-hosts Jane McGarry and Mike Castellucci. Judging from McGarry’s reaction at the end of the video, the feeling is mutual.
GMT livePosted by Carrie McClure on Thursday, March 31, 2016
McClure has been with GMT since April 2012. According to her GMT bio, she was born in Richardson, briefly lived in Plano but grew up in Denver. She worked as an evening weekend anchor at Denver’s KUSA before joining Channel 8. She’d also had gigs in Memphis and in Kennewick, Washington.
Among the stories McClure covered in Denver were the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School — where she graduated from several years earlier. She also covered the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
GMT has undergone a number of changes since McClure came on board. McGarry was hired as a contributor to the show in early 2013, and became a co-host in March 2015, after longtime co-host Amy Vanderoef left in February 2015. Castellucci, who had had an earlier tenure as the station’s “Why Guy,” returned to the station as a GMT co-host in 2014.
It is unclear whether a new co-host will be added or whether McGarry and Castellucci will take the principal co-hosting duties by themselves. Station representatives declined to comment, saying that the station doesn’t comment on personnel issues.
McClure is the second DFW personality in the past couple of weeks to say she is leaving to spend more time with her family. KXAS/Channel 5 weekend anchor Amanda Guerra announced on-air on March 27 that she would be leaving for similar reasons. Another high-profile personality, CBS 11 chief meteorologist Larry Mowry, departed recently to take a job at WLS in Chicago.
H/T Ed Bark, who first posted about McClure’s departure on his Uncle Barky’s Bytes blog.