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General manager Mike Rodriguez is latest to leave WTSP

The general manager for WTSP-Ch. 10 is leaving the television station after just two years.

Mike Rodriguez announced his departure to the staff at WTSP on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the station's parent company, Tegna Inc. His resignation is effective May 31.

"Under his leadership, WTSP has improved its revenue and content position in the market, leaving the station in a stronger position. We wish him the best in his future endeavors," said the spokeswoman, Anne Bentley.

Bentley declined to comment on why Rodriguez is leaving.

Susan McEldoon, former general manager of Houston station KHOU, will take over Rodriguez's position temporarily beginning June 4 while the company searches for a full-time replacement.

Rodriguez has over two decades of news media experience, WTSP said when he was hired. Before coming to Tampa Bay, he worked at a station in Miami and ran Telemundo stations there and in Los Angeles for about 10 years.

Rodriguez's exit follows a pair of recent high-profile departures from WTSP. Reginald Roundtree, a longtime anchor for the station, was fired in February following a Tampa Bay Times report that said he used a personal friendship with a criminal defense lawyer to get an interview with a client accused in a shooting. According to Roundtree's attorney at the time, his firing was directly related to that issue, though Tegna declined to comment.

Award-winning investigative reporter Noah Pransky announced he was leaving the station just before December. His departure was announced days after the station broadcast his report suggesting criminal behavior by Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, which Hagan strongly denied. Pransky said at the time that his departure had nothing to do with the story.

Rodriguez did not return a call for comment.

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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