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Anchor to leave WTVT-Ch.13

By ERIC DEGGANS, Times Television Critic
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 30, 2003

WTVT-Ch. 13 weekend anchor Secily Wilson says she will leave the Fox affiliate when her contract expires Aug. 9.

Wilson, 38, said that her husband, Eric Orr, has been promoted by the IRS to a job in Maitland, near Orlando, so the anchor - who has two daughters, Chrissy, 13, and Nicole, 2 1/2 - decided to leave the Tampa Bay area.

"It seems like it may be a perfect transition," said Wilson, who has applied for a morning anchor position at WOFL-TV in Orlando. "I would love to stay in the Tampa Bay area. But keeping the family together is my main concern."

Phil Metlin, vice president of news at WTVT, said that Wilson's departure will leave the station with two black on-air staffers. "There's always a concern (about maintaining diversity)," he said.

Wilson came to WTVT from Macon, Ga., in March 1998 as a reporter and was quickly promoted to co-anchor the station's weekend evening newscasts. Active in area charity events and volunteer groups, she won the title of Mrs. Florida International in 1999.

She made headlines in June 1998 when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrested her for resisting an officer during a traffic stop for speeding. In September 1998, a Sumter County jury acquitted her of the charge. More recently, she received a $100,000 settlement from the highway patrol to settle a lawsuit she filed to clear her name.

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