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John Bachman leaving Channel 2 Action News for Jacksonville sister stations

John Bachman is leaving Channel 2 Action News for a new job in Jacksonville, FL. CREDIT: WSB-TV
John Bachman is leaving Channel 2 Action News for a new job in Jacksonville, FL. CREDIT: WSB-TV

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

Channel 2 Action News anchor John Bachman is leaving for a main evening anchor job at a Jacksonville TV station also operated by Cox Media.

He will work for the combo CBS/Fox Action News operations WTEV and WAWS.

Bachman joined WSB-TV in 2007 working as a reporter as well as the anchor for the weekend early evening newscast. In 2011, he joined Monica Pearson as co-anchor of the 4 p.m. news. He continues to co-anchor with Erin Coleman since Pearson retired in 2012.

With Justin Farmer as the main male evening anchor at WSB, Bachman didn't have much room at the station to move up.

"He's a terrific guy," said Mike Dreaden, WSB's news director. "I'm glad he was able to stay with the company. He gets to flex his muscles and grow."

He'll remain on WSB-TV for several more weeks before his move to Florida, Dreaden added.

Bachman confirmed the news in a series of Tweets this morning including this one:

Tweeps. It's true. I'm moving to @wsbtv sister station in #JAX WTEV/WAWS. It's a great opportunity but we will be sad to leave Atl!!!

Bachman, who lives in Cobb County, has a wife and three daughters. Here's his bio on the WSB-TV website.

With David Chandley having left WSB, Chris Holcomb named chief meteorologist at 11 Alive, Fox 5's Ken Cook retiring, and Vinnie Politan joining 11 Alive, it's been a busy month in local news.

WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group.

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