A veteran news anchor gave a surprising reason for resigning after a 33-year run at Philadelphia station KYW-TV — but maybe less surprising than it would have been prior to House Speaker John Boehner’s recent Pope-inspired resignation.
Adweek reports that longtime anchor Pat Ciarrocchi also credited the Pope when she told colleagues she was exiting her post at the CBS O&O in the nation’s No. 4 TV market.
Ciarrocchi reportedly wrote in a message to KYW staffers: “On September 27th, just before 8PM, Pope Francis and Shepherd One were wheels up bound for the next chapter in his Papacy. As I watched in that moment, I felt my wheels lift up too… bound for the next chapter in a career that has had me anchored here for more than 33 years.”
Ciarrocchi announced that the noon show on Oct. 15 would be her last. She also wrote: “I so want to do more with my life. And I need freedom to do that. The Francis visit has empowered me with the strength to forge a path that is certain to use my voice. I believe it includes new business and community opportunities.”