Kim Wheeler Leaving Cleveland Station

By Kevin Eck 

wheeler wkycLess than four months after being pulled off the anchor desk at WKYC, Kim Wheeler says she’s leaving the Cleveland NBC affiliate.

Wheeler, who had been an anchor at WKYC for 19 years, announced the move on her facebook page.

“After working at Channel 3 since 1995, my last day will be October 15!” wrote Wheeler. “I am grateful to have achieved the career I dreamed of as a little girl in Smithville, and to have worked in the city that I love so much. But as my wise teenager said– ‘Mom, you reached your dream right? Maybe it’s time for a new dream.’ He is right.”

Wheeler said she was going to work at a local high school with a focus on human rights and social justice.

“We’re obviously sad to see her go, but she has a great new opportunity and it’s a very hands-on opportunity for her to work with Cleveland students and make a difference in their lives,” Micki Byrnes, WKYC VP and station manager, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Wheeler added, “After nearly 30 years in this business– my life won’t revolve around breaking news, I will have more time to savor life’s moments and advocate for our city’s children.”

Wheeler started at WKYC in 1995. She had previously worked at WDBJ in Roanoke, Va.