For nearly three years, investigative reporter Alan Cohn has uncovered attention-getting news stories for Tampa ABC station WFTS-Ch. 28, from player residency questions that could cost Armwood High School its state football championship to revealing an undisclosed vacation home owned by the wife of then-Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman.
But there's one mystery Cohn can't solve for the public: Why he was let go by WFTS on Thursday, months before his contract would expire in August.
"I can't say what happened," said Cohn, who came to WFTS in 2009 from WTNH-TV in Connecticut. "All I know is, I'm very proud of what I've done at Channel 28."
Rich Pegram, the general manager at ABC Action News, declined to comment on the reasons for Cohn's departure, citing "personnel issues."
But Cohn is the third high-profile personality to leave the station in recent weeks, from street reporter Don Germaise, who retired at the end of May at 53 years old, to morning weather forecaster Stephanie Roberts, who was fired with no public explanation in early May.
"We've just had the best May (sweeps ratings) in a long time," Pegram said, noting the station scored top ratings at 11 p.m. "I think we've made smart decisions."
Cohn, who will be paid by WFTS until his contract ends, hopes to remain in the Tampa Bay area, though he could not detail possible future plans.