TAMPA — Longtime Tampa Bay television anchor Linda Hurtado, who left WFTS-Ch. 28 in May to spend more time with her family, has been hired by Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13 to be co-anchor of its 5 p.m. broadcast and to anchor the station's news at noon.
Hurtado, a breast cancer survivor who took a five-week break in 2011 after a double mastectomy, will start Dec. 9. She had been at WFTS since 1995.
"Linda is a well-known talent in the Tampa Bay television market and a welcomed addition to Fox 13," John Hoffman, the station's vice president of news, said in a statement.
Hurtado previously worked at stations in Wilmington, N.C., Fort Myers and Orlando. She received her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Georgia.
"I'm excited to announce that I am returning to TV news in the Tampa Bay area with a wonderful opportunity to work for Florida's news leader, Fox 13, and many of the talented journalists I already know and admire," Hurtado said in a statement.
Longtime Fox 13 anchor Denise White retired from the station last month.
The station also promoted Alcides Segui to weekend morning co-anchor. He will join current solo anchor Anjuli Davis and will continue reporting weekday mornings.
Segui has been with the station since 2008. He previously served as a reporter and anchor for WWSB in Sarasota and WAAY in Huntsville, Ala. He began his career in Tallahassee as a reporter for WCTV. Segui holds a degree in journalism from Florida A&M University.