WRAL reporter Julia Sims announced on her Facebook page today that she is leaving the station.
Sims wrote that she has a year left on her contract at WRAL but that another opportunity came up that will give her more time at home with her 9-year-old son. Sims said she will be at WRAL for “another month or so.” Later, in a tweet, Sims said her last day at WRAL is Nov. 7.
Sims is taking a communications job with the City of Raleigh.
“We all need a little change in our lives - it helps keep the batteries charged, right? Perspective is a great motivator in change.
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After about 20 years, I’m leaving WRAL. Why? Well, my little boy is probably my main reason. This is where perspective comes in: He’s 9 and he deserves more than a worn-out mom who comes home at 7 pm every night. He’s our only child so I’ve only got one chance to get it right.
I had another year left on my contract but an opportunity came up that I didn’t want to miss. More on that later. Anyway- I’ll be around for another month so you’re not getting rid of me that quickly!”
Sims worked at the station from 1993-2008 and then returned to the station in 2012. One of her most high profile stories was covering the Michael Peterson murder trial.
Sims is the fourth WRAL reporter or anchor to announce a departure from the station in the past month. Afternoon anchor Lynda Loveland will leave in December to work for Farm Bureau. Morning and noon anchor Bill Leslie will retire in June 2018. And evening anchor David Crabtree will retire at the end of 2018.