WBTV anchor Maureen O’Boyle said she is leaving the Charlotte CBS affiliate later this year.
“WBTV gave me the chance to come home and fulfill a couple of dreams, working at the iconic CBS affiliate of my childhood and raising my child so close to family,” O’Boyle said. “The greatest reward of this job wasn’t being in front of the camera. It was the opportunity this job gave me to champion non-profits I believe in, important organizations that change people’s lives and affect change for their futures. I count my work in the community as one of the most rewarding aspects of this job.”
O’Boyle anchors the 6 and 7 p.m. newscasts. The station said she “has always been an advocate for the people of Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Her list of volunteer and charity work is beyond impressive.”
“Maureen leads with her heart,” said news director Molly Kelleher. “Her heart is so big and so many of our local organizations have reaped the benefit of her caring and compassion.”
“WBTV and the Charlotte community have been fortunate to have Maureen’s talents and top-notch professionalism with us for 18 years,” said WBTV general manager Scott Dempsey. “Even more impressive than her journalistic approach are her community commitments, that extend well beyond her responsibilities here at WBTV.”
O’Boyle started her career at WITN in Washington, N.C. while she was still in college at East Carolina University. She left college to become a nightside reporter at WECT in Wilmington, N.C. and has also worked at WMAZ in Macon, Ga., and KREM in Spokane, Wash.
She joined WBTV in 2004, but may be best known for anchoring the nationally syndicated newsmagazines A Current Affair from 1990 to 1994 and Extra in 1995 and from 1997 to 1999.
“I know that I am better for working alongside Maureen,” Kelleher said. “She is a professional who took her national television experience and brought it to her hometown local station and made us all better because of it.”
“While we will miss her daily contributions,” Dempsey added, “we are excited to see what this next chapter holds for her. We wish her the absolute very best.”
“In stepping away from WBTV I know two things to be true,” O’Boyle added. “I’ll eat dinner at a normal hour again and, as (my) Mom pointed out, ‘you can volunteer in jeans and sneakers instead of evening gowns high heels!’ It is very exciting!”
She’ll continue to anchor at WBTV through July 29.