Weekend news anchor leaving WDIO

After nearly 20 years at the Duluth ABC affiliate, weekend news anchor Deb Anderson will sign off for the last time on Oct. 24 at WDIO-TV Channels 10 and 13.

Anderson, 50, has been the part-time weekend anchor at WDIO since 1995, and before a year off, she was as a reporter and anchor dating back to 1989. Anderson’s family will move to Hudson, Wis., so her husband, Ned, can be closer to work in the Twin Cities area.

“I could not have asked for a better way to have the best of both worlds,” she said of raising four daughters and being in the news business. “I was doing what I loved to do and it didn’t have to take up family time.”

Steve Goodspeed, news director at WDIO, said Anderson will be tentatively replaced by anchors currently at WDIO.

“This is not something we’ve had to deal with for 14 years as we’ve relied on Deb’s stability,” said Goodspeed, who added if the in-house journalists adequately fill Anderson’s role, the station will not seek a long-term replacement.

Anderson began her career in Alexandria, Minn., at KSAX-TV. The Minnetonka, Minn., native plans to do some freelance writing, but does not have plans to resume a career in the TV news business.

25 thoughts on “Weekend news anchor leaving WDIO

  1. I have watched Deb for years on WDIO. She is a professional and great news personality. She is a ICON Like other News Personalities such as Dennis Anderson,and one other great that comes to mind, the One, Marsh Nelson….You will be missed in the Northland. Thank You for all the years you have given the Northland.

  2. I think they have some capable candidates in house already. Sandy Drag does a great job anchoring in my opinion….I vote for her being the weekend and fill in anchor.

  3. Since we are picking Deb’s replacement, I have watched Laura Kennedy report , and step in on the news shows including handling Sports this past week. Laura is calm on TV and very good at it. Speaks well and with confidence.

  4. Deb Anderson is the most natural on air talent second only to icon Denny Anderson. Do not promote Laura Kennedy to weekend anchor. At least not until she replaces that outdated hairdo and gets rid of her deer-in-the-headlights look. Sandy Drag would be a great replacement. While they’re at it, replace Sara Frick at weekend sports !! ugh.. Trying to listen to that fakey, hesitating, jerky reading style of hers is almost painful. Good Luck, Deb..we will miss you.


  6. Hopefully Sandy gets to replace Deb to keep it professional and not Sara. Put Katie on sports, much better!

  7. Since we seem to be throwing names around this blog, I think that they should hire former KDLH anchor Pat Kelly for the weekend anchor at WDIO. He would be reunited with his former KDLH co-worker Phil Johnson who is the weekend meterologist at WDIO.

  8. Why can’t we just have someone give us sports that actually knows something about sports? Especially on the weekend. Very annoying.

  9. The days of having real journalists tell the news has gone the way of ex-hooters waitresses who can’t speak I guess. Best of luck Deb, we will miss you.

  10. Are you guys talking about Sarah Frakes?? I don’t think she is that bad. Give her more time.

  11. Wow, I’m kinda stunned. A few years ago I heard she might be leaving, nothing happened so I figured they were staying. Gonna miss ya Deb, good luck and say hi to Ned for me please.

  12. Justin A, I agree with you about Sarah Frakes not being that bad at telling us the sports scores and highlights. Pat Kelly has experience in anchoring newscasts, as he was the news anchor at KDLH-TV, and then the Northland’s NewsCenter until a year ago. Of course if anyone thinks Sarah Frakes is a joke of a sportscaster should see what they have on Channel 6 on Sundays. Julie Pearce doing sports, what a joke.

  13. Julie Pearce should just stick to anchoring the news on the Northland’s NewsCenter weekend newscasts. She does not seem to know what she is talking about when it comes to sports. Why they don’t have a sports anchor on Sundays, some idiot at the Northland’s NewsCenter wasn’t thinking.

  14. Deb leaving WDIO was very sad for all of us, she was a wonderful anchor and an even better person to be around. I will miss her so much.

    As for myself, I sincerely apologize if my performance as the weekend sports anchor disappoints any viewer. I have loved sports all my life and I truly am just trying to pursue my dreams. It has been a little over a year that I have been doing this and I have a lot of improving to do. I know that more than anyone. Thank you for your patience and I am always open to constructive criticism via email. Take care.

  15. I just wish she’d give me the time of day-when I see her I want to tell her “the forecast calls for sweet meteorologist-sportslady-monkey love”

  16. Can’t exactly recall the saying, but I think it has something to do with cushion and pushin’

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