WUSA Loses Main Sports Anchor for Family Reasons

After seven years as the station’s Sports Director and primary sports anchor, Brett Haber is leaving WUSA-TV to “pursue other opportunities in television.” He also cites family reasons — he has 5-year-old and a 9-year-old. He says he hopes to “affect a long-desired change in his schedule which is more conducive to raising his young children,” a release states.

Haber explained, “The nature of anchoring the news is that I work each day from 3:00pm to 11:30pm. That means I’m not home for the arrival of the school bus or after-school time or homework-time or dinner time or bedtime – that’s a lot of time. That’s not the father I want to be.”

The search is underway for a new anchor.

The announcement was made earlier this week by Haber and Allan Horlick, WUSA’s President and GM. The statement bends over backwards to make it abundantly clear that there are no hard feelings. But a story by WaPo‘s Paul Farhi explains the changing nature of local sports news and reports that Horlick did not try to convince Haber to stay.

WUSA notes Haber’s five additional Emmys during his tenure at WUSA (three for writing) and 18 total during his broadcasting career.  Horlick also majorly sings his praises: “Brett is one of the most talented broadcasters I’ve had the privilege to work with. His contributions to WUSA’s growth these past seven years have been numerous. We are sorry to see him leave, but we part as friends and I’m sure success will follow him to his next endeavor.”

No date has been set for Haber’s final broadcast. “I realize my decision comes at a busy time for sports in Washington,” he said in the statement. “I want to be as helpful as I can while the station seeks my replacement. We’ll figure out the right time for me to sign off in the coming days and weeks.”