Jennifer Nime Palumbo will end her second stint as the co-anchor of the Fox 56 10 O'Clock News at the end of February.
Palumbo, who co-anchored the early newscast from 1997 to 2004 and returned to the seat in 2009, said she made a lifestyle decision after years of missing her daughter and son's school events and bedtimes.
"Since 2009, my husband has put the children to bed every night and taken them to events, and he has been wonderful," says Palumbo, who is married to Joe Palumbo, president of Palumbo Lumber. "I want to be part of that.
"The 10 O'Clock News is a great job. It's a signature show, and Marvin Bartlett and all the people I work with are great. But this was not a hard decision to make."
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WDKY general manager Ronna Corrente said, "She's been a great part of our success on the 10 O'Clock News. But she just doesn't want to work nights anymore, and I get that."
Corrente said Palumbo was key to incorporating social media into news coverage and said that was an extension of her strong connection to viewers.
"Jennifer has the pulse of Central Kentucky," Corrente said. "She knows what's going on, and she knows how important it is to get information out there."
Unlike 2005, when Palumbo left her anchoring gig at WKYT to be a full-time mom, Palumbo will remain on the air. She will continue to anchor the 4 p.m. newscast on WKYT. She was employed part-time by Fox and WKYT to anchor the two newscasts, although both originate from WKYT studios and use most of the same staff.
"Now, I will just have one part-time job," Palumbo says. "I really feel like the audience at 4 is very similar to me: moms with children who want to know what's going on."
She did say that if other opportunities arise, she'd be willing to look at them, but she drew one line in the sand.
"I know I left once and came back, but you will not see me on a late-night show ever again," Palumbo said with a laugh.
There is a new anchor, who will be new to Lexington viewers, in the wings, Corrente said, but details are being worked out and Fox isn't ready to announce the new co-anchor yet.
"We do hope there will be some overlap," Corrente said. "We are very excited for what's next."
Bartlett has anchored the Fox 56 10 O'Clock News since its inception in 1995. He has had only three co-anchors: original co-anchor Melanie Glasscock, Palumbo and Miranda Combs, from 2004 to 2009. Combs left to join a marketing firm in 2009 and returned to WKYT last year as an investigative reporter.
Palumbo's last 10 p.m. newscast will be Feb. 26.