Fox 5 anchor Cynne Simpson leaving after six years to do humanitarian work

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

Originally posted Monday, August 5, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Fox 5 evening anchor Cynné Simpson has decided to leave the TV broadcast business to pursue work with charity and humanitarian groups.

She first made the announcement on Facebook. She then broke the news to the TV audience during the 5 p.m. newscast.

Simpson leaves after six years at the station.

In a market where stability is deeply valued and the most loved anchors stay for decades, Simpson was at a point where she could have remained the rest of her career if she had chosen.

But instead, she wrote on Facebook, “I'll be volunteering with humanitarian aid organizations around the world. For so many years, I've reported on economic, social and environmental challenges. I'm eager to now get involved and hopefully, help make a difference.”

Simpson noted she has been in the business for 20 years including four at CBS46 from 2003 to 2007 and six at ABC7 in Washington D.C. from 2007 to 2013.. Her final day at Fox 5 (WAGA-TV) will be August 14.

“I'm thankful to the Fox 5 family for supporting me as I write this next chapter of my story,” she wrote. “I'm proud of the tremendous strides we've made together over the last six years and I'll always be rooting for your success.”