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After nine years at WITI-TV Fox 6, Tami Hughes (center) will be leaving the station to work at Growing Power.

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Anchor and reporter Tami Hughes is on the set with Ted Perry before Fox 6 started broadcasting newscasts in HD.

WITI's Hughes leaves news to grow into new role


WITI-TV Fox 6 reporter and anchor Tami Hughes posted on Facebook Thursday afternoon that this will be her last month in the TV news business.

"It is with mixed emotions that I tell you I am leaving Fox 6 and ending my career in TV news," Hughes wrote.

"It has truly been a privilege to bring you the news and tell your stories in Milwaukee for the last nine years. But this business takes a lot out of you and it's time for me to move on. I am excited to say I will be heading over to join Will Allen's team at Growing Power to help them communicate all the wonderful things they are doing to make Milwaukee a healthier, safer place. They are really changing our world for the better."

Growing Power, a non-profit enterprise based on the city's North Side, is dedicated to creating healthy food sources for all people in the community.

"Thanks so much for trusting me to tell your stories over the years. When journalism is done right, it's a very noble profession, and I've been honored to be a part of it. I'll share more later, just wanted to let everyone know my last day on the air will be April 30. Thanks a million," Hughes said.

Hughes has worked at the station in a number of roles in the past nine years. With more than 250 comments and 300 likes on her Facebook post, Hughes responded to the outpouring of kudos and support:

"You all are making me cry. I probably haven't met most of you … But you care enough to tune in and say nice things. It really has been a blessing being able to share your stories. I will talk more later about some of my favorites, but I have been so honored to have been welcomed into your homes, neighborhoods and clutter up your news feeds. Thank you, truly."

In sharing messages with me this morning Hughes said how nice and generous people are, is what she will miss the most.

She mentioned that she had the honor of being the first reporter invited in the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek after the deadly shooting last year.

"To see the bullet holes still in the wall, and the manifestation of hate up close was terrifying, and yet to see their resilience and optimism was so inspiring," Hughes said. "It was a true privilege."

At Growing Power, Hughes knows that she will be able to continue to tell great stories of people helping people.

"This is a weird job where complete strangers invite me into their homes and neighborhoods and share their most personal tragedies and triumphs. What a blessing, that I have been entrusted to do that," she said.

IN SEATTLE: WITI reporter Henry Rosoff has also moved on from Fox 6. Known for posting photos of his dog, Violet, on his Twitter feed, Rosoff kept the messages simple about his departure.

"With mixed emotions I am I'm leaving @fox6now and joining the @KIRO7Seattle team at the end of the month," one post read. "I will continue to post adorable pictures of violet from time to time though."

The team at KIRO-TV already has him working the beat, as he filed his first report for the Seattle market on Wednesday. His story: A hunt by the Seattle Police Department to track down someone acting as a nurse at a local hospital.

WEEKEND ANCHOR: Shannon Sims, who most recently has been a freelance reporter with WXIX-TV Fox 19 in Cincinnati, will be joining the team at WTMJ-TV Ch. 4.

She'll be the local NBC affiliate's newest weekend anchor, and will have her first day at the station on Monday.

At WKEF/WRGT in Dayton, Sims was the main anchor and drew a large community of followers on air and on social media as well. As she announced her move on Facebook, changing the cover image to a T-shirt with "Milwaukee" on the back, she passed along a quote from AMC's "Mad Men."

"You'll tell them that it didn't work out, because it didn't. And you'll tell them the next thing will be better – because it always is ... " –Don Draper

According to the press release, Sims is a classically trained singer, graduating from Manhattan School of Music in New York with a bachelor of arts degree in classical vocal performance. In 2012 she was named Citizen of the Year by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and earned honors with an IWMA African-American Women in Media Excellence Award.

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