AUSTIN (KXAN) - Leslie Rhode, who has co-anchored KXAN's newscasts for a total of 14 years, has decided to step down.
"I have chosen at this moment in my life to spend more time with my family," said Rhode, who began her current assignment with KXAN in 2008 after working in Washington, D.C., for a time "Working in the evening just isn't a good fit for me right now.
"The good news is, I get to stay in the Austin area, contribute and maintain the friendships I am so blessed to have. I have always loved telling stories. Now I get to tell a few more bedtime stories."
"We are grateful to Leslie for all of her contributions and dedication to KXAN," said News Director Chad Cross. "We support and appreciate her decision to focus on family. We’ll continue to be friends and fans of Leslie’s."
After George W. Bush was elected president, Rhode was sent to Washington to cover his inaugural week and was the master of ceremonies of the inaugural parade.
At the end of his term, Rhode went to the White House to interview Bush about his plans once he returned to Texas.
More recently, Rhode sat down with Texas first lady Anita Perry to talk about Gov. Perry's disappointing bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination
In the community, Rhode volunteered with several Central Texas nonprofits, including the American Heart Association, Helping Hand Home for Children, Texas Advocacy Project and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is also a member of her church choir.
"Leslie has been a champion of our core values, lived out with passion our core purpose and delivered outstanding work day in and day out," said KXAN General Manager Eric Lassberg. "We wish her the best as she continues her journey."
Cross said KXAN is beginning a candidate search for the main anchor position.
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