Johnny Archer, the weekend-morning co-anchor at KXAS/Channel 5, will leave the station in early 2017, a station representative confirms.
Archer, who also does reporting for NBC 5, is planning to return to his hometown of Philadelphia to be closer to his family. He is expected to leave sometime in the first quarter, nearly three years after joining the station in 2014.
The anchor-reporter came to NBC 5 from WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky.
The station has already named his replacement: Evan Anderson, described as a “proud graduate of Eastern Hills High School” in Fort Worth.
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Anderson is currently a weekend-evening anchor at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio, where he started in January 2016. He spent three years in Oklahoma City and, before that, nearly a decade in New Orleans, according to his WBNS bio. He covered the aftermath of the EF5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the Louisiana coast in 2010.
He was born and raised in Fort Worth and still has family in the city. He graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Business Management. Local-TV blogger Ed Bark, who first reported the news on his Uncle Barky’s Bytes site, says that Anderson briefly attended TCU after the Dillard campus was flooded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.