Anchor/reporter Jocelyn Connell leaving CBS46 May 29

Jocelyn Connell will be having a baby later this year, she announced this morning. CREDIT: CBS46

Jocelyn Connell, who is expecting a baby later this year, is moving to Italy with her husband. CREDIT: CBS46

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Emmy-winning noon anchor and reporter Jocelyn Connell is the latest to leave CBS46 with her final day Friday.

“The station is going in a new direction with both the noon and morning shows,” she wrote on Facebook this morning.

At the same time, Connell said her husband has a new job in Italy so she is moving overseas. “We are so incredibly blessed and can’t wait to get started on this new journey,” she wrote. “Thank you for being the best viewers I could ever ask for.”

Last week, she also announced she was pregnant with her first child.

Before she left, she was included in a blooper reel on David Letterman’s second-to-last show last week:

She joined CBS46 in 2010. She previously worked in Michigan and Chattanooga.

Kim Passoth, who came from an ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City, takes over for Connell.

Kim Passoth takes over as noon anchor and evening reporter for Jocelyn Connell on CBS46. CREDIT: CBS46

Kim Passoth takes over as noon anchor and evening reporter for Jocelyn Connell on CBS46. CREDIT: CBS46

The changes at CBS46 have been extensive in the past nine months since general manager Mark Pimentel and news director Larry Perret showed up.

Among the biggest personnel shifts:

A new morning host in Gloria Neal, replacing Michelle Burdo

A new sports anchor Fred Kalil, replacing Larry Smith

– A new evening anchor Sharon Reed, replacing Stephany Fisher

A new chief meteorologist Jim Kosek, replacing Markina Brown

 


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