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Another change at CBS North Carolina: Anchor set to leave in March

Sharon Tazewell, an anchor at WNCN CBS North Carolina since 2005, will leave the station March 1.

WNCN news director Ed Trauschke first announced the departure in an email to staff last week. The email was shared with The News & Observer. In the note, Trauschke recounted some of Tazewell’s work while at WNCN.

During her 12 and a half years here at the station, Sharon has covered some of North Carolina’s biggest stories. ... Her anchoring and reporting on stories like the Chapel Hill Student murders, Hurricane Matthew and the recent Confederate statue demonstrations played a key role in our coverage of these important stories.”

Tazewell tweeted on Monday that she is looking for a reporting or anchor position at a station in a Top 10 market or at a network, and that she will be available on March 5. (Raleigh-Durham is listed as a Number 24 market in 2017 Nielsen DMA rankings.)

Tazewell did not respond to a request for comment.

When Tazewell first arrived at WNCN, it was as a reporter and morning news anchor. Before WNCN, Tazewell anchored the evening news at WCTV and WTLH in Tallahassee. She has also worked on the CBS News program “Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.”

She started anchoring weekday evenings in 2014, co-anchoring the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Sean Maroney. Maroney announced his departure Jan. 24 and his last day at WNCN is Feb. 14. He has taken the position of Major Gifts Officer with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

A replacement for Maroney has not yet been named.

The station has seen a good amount of turnover since being purchased by Nextstar in January 2017, but in recent months, WNCN has added positions: meteorologists Paul Heggen and Erin Clanahan; and weekday morning anchor Taniya Wright.

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