Stephanie Langston, the Emmy-nominated entertainment and general assignment reporter for WKRN News2, has left the station.
Langston, who has also served as a weekend anchor, had been at her current post for the past three years. Prior to that, she spent two years as an associate producer at the station.
Langston's last day at WKRN was this past Friday. When contacted by NashvillePost.com, Langston said she left because her contract is expiring and she wanted to explore new opportunities.
"I was able to develop my craft over the years here, winning awards that will forever be on my resume," Langston said,"But it's time to spread my wings."
Asked about her future plans, Langston said she hopes to stay in town and is entertaining options that include television hosting and public relations work.
"I have a lot of contacts in the music industry and I am going to try to bring that experience to a broader audience, be it on a freelance basis or something more permanent," she said. "Nashville is my hometown, I'd like to stay."
The departure of Langston is yet another high-profile exit for the local station. In the past year, the Young Broadcasting affiliate has seen a number of departures ranging from other on-air personalities like former anchor Allison Hatcher to the entire accounting department. In addition, political blogger A.C. Kleinheider joined NashvillePost.com this spring to launch Post Politics.
Young Broadcasting has been trimming costs for the past year while attempting to unload its San Francisco station, KRON. Now delisted, Young was trading on the NASDAQ in 1999 at $60 a share. Just before the current economic crisis kicked in to high gear around Sept. 15, Young stock was trading at 7.6 cents.