KABC is losing a familiar face.
The same month Los Angeles anchor Michelle Tuzee celebrated her 23rd year with the flagship ABC station, she is also saying goodbye.
In a statement to viewers, Tuzee says health issues have made it impossible to continue in her current role on the anchor desk.
“As I celebrate my 23 years, unfortunately health issues have forced me to step back from my anchor duties. But don’t worry about me. I want to know how YOU are doing. We all have our own struggles and if we can be here for each other, it helps. So feel free to keep in touch,” she said.
Her longtime co-anchor Marc Brown honored her upon learning the news. The two have covered major local and national stories together throughout the years.
“It’s been an absolute joy to work with her, an even greater joy to know her. Michelle Tuzee is absolutely dedicated to her husband and their three kids,” Brown said. “Her time with them is precious. And yet, Michelle always made sure to be scrupulously prepared for every newscast. “Whatever complicated issue we were going to cover that day, you could be sure Michelle had researched it heavily. I knew I could depend on her when a big story broke. She is that rare combination of good journalist and good friend.”
Tuzee joined the station in 1997. She currently anchors the 5 and 11 p.m. shows.