KXAN names new weeknight anchor

Sydney Benter (KXAN photo)

KXAN has wrapped up its search for a new weeknight anchor to sit alongside veteran Austin broadcaster Robert Hadlock.

Sydney Benter will take over for Shannon Wolfson, the city’s NBC affiliate announced Tuesday.

Wolfson revealed in August that she’ll be leaving the station in late November to focus more time on her family and to do some traveling.

Benter arrives from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she works as an anchor and reporter for the city’s CBS and MyNetworkTV affiliates.

“I’m looking forward to joining an award-winning team with such a strong commitment to quality storytelling,” Benter said. “In a day and age when news is available 24 hours a day and in 140 characters or less, KXAN’s in-depth, investigative approach sets it apart from all the rest.”

Benter will start in mid-December, according to KXAN, co-anchoring the station’s top-rated 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, as well as the 9 p.m. newscast on sister station KNVA, Austin’s CW affiliate.

“Sydney is a stand-out storyteller who has a captivating and compassionate way of communicating,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said.  “Her dynamic reporting style will complement our team.”

A Cincinnati native, Benter has a journalism degree from the University of Cincinnati.

“At KXAN, we remain focused on delivering the most compelling and informative local reporting that touches the daily lives of our viewers,” said Eric Lassberg, vice president and general manager for KXAN and KNVA. “After conducting a nationwide search, we found Sydney aligns with our in-depth, investigative brand.”

Anchor Shannon Wolfson leaving KXAN

Shannon Wolfson (KXAN photo)

KXAN news anchor Shannon Wolfson will leave the city’s NBC affiliate later this year.

Wolfson, who co-anchors with Robert Hadlock at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on KXAN and at 9 p.m. on sister station KNVA, will depart in late November to focus more time on her family and to do some traveling, according to a post on kxan.com.

“If I were to continue in TV news, I’d be staying right here at KXAN,” Wolfson said in the post. “This is one of the strongest news operations in the country, and I have been so lucky to be an anchor at KXAN. I would like to thank my KXAN family and our loyal viewers for the incredible support.”

During two different stints at the station, the University of Texas graduate has held a variety of positions, including general assignments reporter, investigative reporter, 9 p.m. anchor and, since 2013, co-anchor of all four evening newscasts produced by KXAN.

Wolfson took over for Leslie Rhode, who also left the station citing a desire to spend more time with her family.

Wolfson’s job has already been posted on kxan.com.