Amanda Guerra, who has been with KXAS/Channel 5 since June 2011 and is best-known for anchoring the station’s evening and late weekend newscasts, announced this weekend that Sunday night’s late newscast was her last with the station.
Guerra, accompanied by co-anchor Cory Smith, weekend sports anchor Pat Doney and meteorologist Remeisha Shade, bid an emotional on-air farewell.
“I’m trying so hard not to cry,” a weepy Guerra said. “I know, I’m a horrible cryer, I’ve cried like five times today.” Smith said that Guerra is taking a time-out from TV, and Guerra said that she plans to spend some time with her family.
DFW.com is trying to reach Guerra, a Dallas native, for additional comment. She also announced her departure via Facebook and Twitter, where she indicates in a reply to a message that she does not have another gig lined up.
Guerra, who also worked as a reporter for the station, had worked in Oklahoma City before joining NBC 5. “Amanda’s most memorable moment was when she found herself parked on the side of the highway, just miles away from a massive EF-4 tornado that wiped out portions of the town of Lone Grove, Oklahoma,” her NBC 5 bio says. “Eight people died and for several hours, Amanda was the only reporter in town covering the massive devastation.”
DFW.com also has sent the station an email request for comment, but the fact that Guerra was able to say an on-air goodbye indicates that she’s leaving in good graces.
On his Uncle Barky’s Bytes blog, local-media watcher Ed Bark, citing “several sources,” says that Guerra’s last day with the station will be March 30.
Bryan also announced her departure via Facebook.