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First Coast News' Joy Purdy trades in anchor desk for family time

12:29 AM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News (WTLV/WJXX) on Thursday announced that after 6 years at FCN, Joy Purdy is leaving the anchor desk to devote more time to her husband, step-daughter and two young daughters.

"I have been trying to figure out what to do at a crossroads in my life. I was recently offered the main anchor spot here at FCN, the 11 p.m. newscast. So exciting! However, after much prayer, and countless family discussions ... I've instead decided to take a break from work to spend time with my family," says Purdy.

Purdy returned to Jacksonville from Miami in September of 2007 to co-anchor First Coast News at 7 p.m. Two years later, she was promoted to co-anchor of Good Morning Jacksonville weekday mornings.

"As working parents, we too have struggled with some of the same family issues that Joy and her family are facing. We support her decision and wish her well," says Kathy Williams, News Director of First Coast News.

"I admire Joy's ability to face such a difficult choice and make a decision that fits her family's needs. We'll miss her, and the contributions she's made to make First Coast News ... first with our viewers," says Eric Land, President and General Manager of First Coast News.

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