Veteran Anchor Lands at Springfield’s KSPR

By Andrew Gauthier 


Leigh Moody, a former anchor with Tampa’s Bay News 9 who had a brief stint in PR this year, has landed at KSPR in Springfield, MO. The ABC-affiliate posted about their new anchor on Wednesday, announcing that she would helm the station’s 4, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Moody left Bay News 9, which is owned and operated by the Bright House cable company, in January. Details of her departure are dicey with Bright House exec Elliot Wiser calling it “a mutual decision” and Moody telling the St. Petersburg Times, “I don’t think this is anything surprising, given the current economic state.” Moody had been with Bay News 9 for nearly a decade.

For the better part of 2010, Moody has been out of local news. Following her exit from Bay News 9, she accepted a position as social media consultant for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Tampa Bay. Speaking about her new job with the SPCA, Moody told the St. Petersburg Times, “I always knew I was going to have to have a second act, especially being a woman in TV news — we don’t last too long.” It looks like Moody will have to wait a little longer for that second act to start.