WKRN News 2 is losing a morning anchor, a not-so-unexpected departure that has everything to do with a little package delivered on March 7.
Heather Orne, WKRN's News 2 This Morning anchor, announced today that she is leaving the station to devote herself full-time to motherhood. She and her husband, WKRN evening news anchor Neil Orne, had their first child, Carly, on March 7 of this year.
Heather started on News 2 This Morning in August, 2001, after being hired away from Nashville's Fox affiliate by WKRN's then and current news director Matthew Zelkind.
Zelkind, who has just returned to his post after serving parent company Young Broadcasting at other stations, said that he was very excited for Heather. "I hired her as an intern back in 1999," Zelkind stated, "and I am pretty sure that I was the one that first introduced her to her husband. We always say that family comes first, and that was what Heather's decision is all about. I do hope she will do special projects and continue her involvement with the station as her schedule permits in the future. She is a great person and this is a celebration."
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Orne began her broadcast career at WSM-AM in the news department before taking her first television news job in Huntsville, Ala. She returned to Nashville in 2001 as an assistant producer and reporter at Fox 17 before taking on duties at News 2.
Prior to working in television news, the Kentucky native worked in the financial services industry.