Fox 32 anchor Jeff Herndon leaving station

WFLD-Ch. 32 news anchor Jeff Herndon is leaving the station after nearly four years and returning home to Kansas.

Herndon, who anchors the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts on Fox-owned Channel 32, will do his final newscast Aug. 31, according to a memo sent to staffers Thursday by the station's news director, Matt Piacente.

"We wanted ... Jeff to remain part of our team, but right now family is Jeff's top priority," Piacente said in the memo.

Herndon joined Fox 32 in October 2013, replacing Bob Sirott as 9 p.m. weekday news anchor.

A graduate of Wichita State University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Herndon had been a co-anchor at KAKE-TV in Wichita, Kan., for 12 years before arriving in Chicago. Previously, he was weekend sports anchor for KTKA-TV in Topeka, Kan., and a sports photographer/reporter at KAKE-TV.

A replacement for Herndon at Fox 32 has not yet been named, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

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