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TV Note: WTAE weekend anchor leaving for job in D. C.

Thursday, August 23, 2001

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

WTAE weekend anchor Shawn Yancy, who has been with the station for five years, is leaving for a job in Washington, D.C. Her last newscast will be Sunday.

Yancy has been working without a contract since early this year, searching for a new job during that time. Next month she'll make her debut as weekend anchor on the 10 p.m. newscast on WTTG, a Fox-owned station.

"I was ready for a change," Yancy said yesterday. "I wanted to be at some place where I thought there was room for me to grow. I just didn't feel like there was more room for me to grow here in Pittsburgh at WTAE. There are a number of wonderful opportunities at WTTG in Washington that I'm looking forward to in the future."

Yancy said she wanted to thank Pittsburghers who shared their lives with her in news reports.

"The best part of this job was to go out in the street and meet people and learn a little bit about their lives and share that with the rest of the region," she said.

Yancy became the subject of news accounts herself in September 1997 when she was injured while covering a story for WTAE. A station live truck's mast struck electrical wires, and Yancy suffered first- and second-degree burns.

"Not only did that incident teach me a lot of things, it taught all the stations," she said. "They immediately did training and set up safety courses. I have a nasty scar on my leg that's going to be there forever, but I have my life. I thank God for that. It got the market doing live truck safety so no one else gets hurt. We didn't have that sort of training until after that incident. Everything happens for a reason. God knows what he's doing."

Yancy said if she has any regrets, her only one is that she didn't get to anchor with WTAE's Sam Merrill.

"I think that would have been fun," she said. "I enjoyed working with everyone, but I adored Ted Koppy. He is just the sweetest. When you work with someone five days a week, you just have that thing."

WTAE news director Bob Longo said Koppy will initially anchor weekend newscasts solo until a replacement for Yancy is found.

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