Fox yesterday announced that Fox29 anchor Kerri-Lee Halkett, who has been out on personal leave since Sept. 8, had resigned effective next month.
My sources said that she wants to spend more time with her son, Van, 5, and that she is being courted for work near the family vacation home in Connecticut.
She and her husband, Bala Cynwyd-based environmental lawyer Kirt Mayland, live in Center City.
Halkett, a 15-year Fox veteran, has eight years at the local station. Halkett was seen all around the clock, as she anchored for several years during the station's Good Day show and also was the femme lead anchor after the departure of Dawn Stensland. Halkett never seemed too at ease with the new interview-heavy 10 o'clock news format.
Both Halkett and the station issued bland statements.
Station manager Patrick Paolini called her "a talented journalist," while Halkett thanked her co-workers, "whom I feel honored to have worked beside and to the company for the many opportunities I have been given. Philly will always feel like home." No replacement for Halkett has been announced.
In other Fox29 news, I hear that the durable Sharon Crowley - a street reporter since 1999 - is leaving the station, bound for a reporting job in New York.