Longtime WTEN Anchor Anya Tucker Leaving Local TV

By Kevin Eck 

Anya Tucker is leaving local TV after 17 years with Albany, New York ABC affiliate WTEN and more than 24 years in news.

Tucker has accepted a communications position with New York State.

“Change is what I was seeking, and I feel the folks there are wonderful and I’ll be putting my skills to good use for the people of this great state. I am staying on at WTEN for a few, so I’ll see you on tv for a bit longer,” said Tucker. “After that, please feel free to say hi and chat with me at the local supermarket or Boy Scouts gathering. You all know how much I love a great conversation…”


She began her career in news as a writer at WXYZ in Detroit. Before joining WTEN she worked at WLNS in Lansing, Michigan as a producer of the morning show.

“I’ll be forever grateful to the people of the Capital Region and Lansing, Michigan (WLNS) who shared their experiences, concerns and stories with me over my 24-year-long career. I’ve enjoyed a thrilling ride covering national stories such as hurricanes Katrina and Rita and local ones like the search for missing Jaliek Rainwalker. There were countless exciting court and crime stories, pandemic stories, and perhaps my favorite: the story of Ollie, a sweet blind and deaf cow and his “seeing eye cow” Sunny.”

“Anya’s work ethic and drive are a testament to the craft and the industry,” said news director Ryan Mott. “She will be missed, and we wish her well on this new path.”