Eyewitness News anchor Susan Barnett is leaving CBS3 and the CW Philly. Barnett has been at CBS since 2006, anchoring the evening newscasts since 2008. Barnett anchored the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. on CBS, and the 10 p.m. broadcast at the CW Philly. Her contract expired in March.
"I have decided to not renew my contract with the stations at this time. I am incredibly thankful for having been a part of the CBS Philly family, but I feel that this is the right decision at this time," Barnett said in a statement.
Barnett had been noticeably missing from the evening broadcasts, which she co-anchors with Chris May, for some time, tweeting that she had pneumonia. (Barnett, by the way, was legitimately sick, coming down with something after she returned from covering the Pope succession.)
Barnett is a local, growing up in Levittown, PA. No reason was given for her official departure but I'll update if I hear anything.
Update: Chris May posted to his Facebook page some thoughts on Susan:
Susan Barnett is the first person I met in Philadelphia. We've been partners for five years -- and best friends. And that's why it's so hard to let you know that Susan has made the very difficult and personal decision to leave CBS3. Suffice it to say, I'll miss working with my friend. But I am excited about our future. Excited to be a part of Philadelphia, and the region's most-watched television station. We'll continue to be there for you every single day. Starting right now. Thanks. And I'll see you at 5:00.