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Linda Hurtado of WFTS-Ch. 28 latest local TV anchor to step down

News anchor Linda Hurtado, shown here at a 2010 charity event, is leaving to spend more time with her family. She will continue to work at the station until May 29.
News anchor Linda Hurtado, shown here at a 2010 charity event, is leaving to spend more time with her family. She will continue to work at the station until May 29.
Published May 22, 2015

WFTS-Ch. 28 anchor Linda Hurtado announced Thursday that she is leaving the station to spend more time with her family.

Hurtado has been with the station since 1995. She is a breast cancer survivor who took a five-week break in 2011 after a double mastectomy.

She is the third local news anchor to leave the airwaves in the last several months.

In November, longtime Fox 13 anchor John Wilson retired. And just Wednesday night, longtime WFLA-Ch. 8 anchor Gayle Sierens had her last broadcast before retirement.

In a letter to viewers on the WFTS website, Hurtado said she will work at the station until May 29.

"I want to thank you for inviting me into your home for the past 20 years, trusting me to get the story right and welcoming me when you met me out in the community," she wrote.

Hurtado said her decision was not due to her health. "I am still cancer free — Thank God," she said. "I also want you to know that this was my decision. I have a wonderful relationship with everyone here at ABC Action News. And I will continue those relationships."

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