Lisa Rayam Says She’s Leaving WAGA, Sad About Earlier Reports

By Kevin Eck 

Lisa Rayam is leaving Atlanta Fox-owned station WAGA.

Saying earlier reports that she was leaving because WAGA wouldn’t offer her a contract were “unnecessary and untrue,” Rayam told viewers it’s her decision to leave at the end of May.

“In full honesty, this is a decision I’ve been weighing since last December,” Rayam wrote on her Facebook page. “It is all about making a change for my family. I need more time with my awesome children. I need early dinners with them. I need to help on homework. I need to show up “on time” for them everywhere. Some of you also know that my son is being heavily recruited and I can’t wait to help him explore his own opportunities across the country!”

“I am extremely sorry that many of you heard about my news through a media report that was inaccurate,” said Rayam. “My hope had been to share my announcement with you first. I thought it was important that it came from me. Unfortunately, due to the misinformation, I am addressing this differently than I had planned. It’s a shame.”

“Let me be clear again – this is my decision,” she said. “Trying to spin this in any other way is unnecessary and untrue. It saddens me that some have done so.”

“After 21 years with the FOX 5 family, we wish Lisa the very best in the next chapter of her life,” said vp and GM Bill Schneider. “We thank her for her incredible commitment to this station and the service she has provided to our viewers for all these years. ”

Rayam started working at the Atlanta Fox-owned station in 1994 around the time the station switched from CBS to Fox. She anchors the Noon and 6 p.m.

No replacement has been named yet.