Orlando Fill-In Anchor Heads to Smaller Market for Bigger Anchor Gig

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Sarahbeth Ackerman is moving down market sizes to take a full-time anchor gig.

Ackerman, a reporter and fill-in traffic anchor at WFTV in Orlando, is leaving the station this month to join WPTZ in the Plattsburgh, N.Y.—Burlington, Vt. market, where she will be a morning anchor.

Ackerman will join anchors Tom Garris and Caitlin Napoleoni on the weekday morning newscast, NBC5 News Today, beginning Feb. 18.


“We couldn’t be more excited about Sarahbeth joining our team,” said NBC5 news director Michael LaFlesh. “Not only will she be bringing years of award-winning journalistic experience to our station, but she’ll also be returning to a place she loves.”

Ackerman started her career as a multimedia journalist and news director in Minot, N.D.

“I have always appreciated Vermont’s beautiful glory,” Ackerman said. “Almost every family holiday was spent gathering around the fire in Killington.”