News anchor Vickie Newton announced during Friday’s evening news that she will be leaving the station. Vickie will move back to her home state of Arkansas to be with her family and to pursue other interests.
Vickie joined News 4 in January 2002. Since then, she has anchored the top-rated “News 4 at 10” weekdays with Larry Conners. Vickie has also co-anchored the station’s 5pm newscast. She received the Regional Emmy Award for Best News Anchor from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003.
In a statement made on News 4 at 5:00, Vickie said: “St. Louis has been my home for 11 years, and next to the time I spent in my hometown of Bearden, it’s the place I’ve spent the most time. I have loved my time in this wonderful town, and with this great station. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great people here at KMOV, and have been blessed to have had the opportunity to be deeply involved and support some amazing organizations.”
While in St. Louis, Vickie served on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and Opera Theatre - St. Louis. Most recently Vickie was appointed to the Music Panel of the National Endowment For The Arts. She also was selected as one of the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 under 40." In addition, Vickie served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Black Journalists, representing Region VIII. Vickie also worked closely with The Literacy Roundtable and Jazz St. Louis.
Sean McLaughlin, KMOV Executive News Director said, “Vickie has been a St Louis fixture for more than a decade. In that time she has made an incredible connection with the people of St Louis. She will be missed, and we wish her great success in her future endeavors.”
Vickie’s final day at KMOV will be sometime in August.
Information from KMOV.com contributed to this report.