Anchor Lori Stokes’s shocking announcement on Wednesday morning has ensued emotional reactions from all over the nation. It was actually her co-anchor Ken Rosato who announced that Stokes is leaving Eyewitness News after 17 years of unwavering dedication.

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Stokes appeared on air to bid goodbye to her fans. “When I walked into this building in April of 2000, I knew the legacy, the integrity, the news judgment, the history and the expectations of working for Eyewitness News,” said an emotional Stokes.

She went on to say that she’s “shifting gears” and gave those watching a glimmer of hope saying that they’ll “see each other again.”

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We’re devastated that Stokes is leaving Eyewitness News after all this time but we’re also excited to see what she has in store for us next. Here’s what Stokes said in her last appearance on Eyewitness News.

I want to end this on a super high note. Let’s just say I’m shifting gears. Thanks for going on this incredible ride with me, and I know we’ll see each other again.

Lori Stokes

Lori Stokes Instagram post about leaving Eyewitness News

Fans are now wondering what she means by that. Stokes is definitely one of the in-demand anchors in the broadcasting industry right now, which makes us wonder if she’s getting her own high profile show.

Maybe by “shifting gears” Lori meant she’s taking some downtime to focus on her personal life. She has grown up daughters from her ex husband Brian Thompson, whom she’s continued being friends with after the divorce.

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Over the years, the talented anchor has been associated with several networks. Stokes is one of the original anchors to join WABC from MSNBC. She began her journey at ABC in April 2000 when she joined New York based WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon.

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She displayed her expert reporting skills in the aftermath of September 11 attacks in 2001 and the Northeastern Blackout of August 14, 2003. Along the way, Stokes has picked up several notable awards including Emmys for her contribution.

With a career spanning over three decades – of which she spent 17 years with ABC – Stokes has established herself as an integral part of America’s morning.

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