After 17 years at WANE, the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind., anchor Mark Mellinger has decided to leave the station.
Viewers noticed his absence over the past few days, including Facebook fan Lisa Lash Boller, who asked: ‘What has happened to Mark Mellengier???’ WANE responded to her comment last night, writing:
Mark Mellinger has left WANE to pursue other interests after 17 years of dedicated service. His last day here at the station was Friday, February 20th. Mark has made tremendous contributions over the years, helping NewsChannel 15 to remain the market’s dominant news source. We wish him all the best.
Mellinger himself released a vague statement last night:
I want to thank WANE for 17 great years. It’s been a terrific run. For a long while, though, I’ve been wanting to pursue other interests. Now is the time to start that journey.
Mellinger joined WANE in 1998 as a reporter, and quickly worked his way up the ranks, from weekend anchor to morning anchor to his current position as evening anchor.
According to his LinkedIn page, Mellinger has also been a talk radio host on WFCV for the past 10 years. The goal of his show, “1090 Today,” is to “provide substantive Christian conversation that showcases local ministries and their needs in addition to helping people live the Christian life in a more God-honoring way.”
No word on whether he will continue his radio career or move on to pursue other ventures. WANE has yet to name Mellinger’s replacement.