TAMPA — After years of struggling with vocal cord issues, morning anchor Gayle Guyardo said she is leaving WFLA-Ch. 8. Her last day will be Feb. 28.
“After 33 years in the television news industry, my voice, what I depend on for my job, can no longer live up to the demands of anchoring day in and day out, broadcasting 4½ hours of live news everyday,” she wrote in a statement posted on wfla.com.
Guyardo said the demands of anchoring every day caused her discomfort and pain. Her doctor said 90 days of vocal rest would help heal her, but returning to the same anchoring schedule would likely result in the same medical issues returning.
She started working at her hometown TV station in Tampa in 1993.
“I’ve grown up at Channel 8," she wrote. "All my major life events happened at that station. I had a family, raising 4 amazing daughters alongside my loving husband, Mark.”