Atlanta Anchor Calling It Quits After Five Years

By Kevin Eck 

WGCL anchor and reporter Ashley Thompson said she is leaving the business after five years with the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

She announced the news on social media last night saying she is proud of what she’s accomplished and that she followed her lifelong dream of being a reporter. Thompson also said, “if you can make it in this demanding, pressure cooker business, you can make it anywhere.”

“After 5+ years with the station, it is time to move on! I am leaving the biz altogether to have a more ‘normal’ life,” she posted on Instagram. “I’m looking forward to weekends and holidays off, not missing pivotal life events, more of a work-life balance and prioritizing my mental health.”


Thompson started her career as a production assistant at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. before working as a reporter at WAKA in Montgomery, Ala. She then left TV to work as a marketing communications specialist at engineering and project management firm Amec Foster Wheeler in March 2016 and joined WGCL in November of that same year.