Longtime newsman John Carlin, who ended a 21-year stint on the anchor desk of WSLS in 2008, said it took time away from his broadcast career to realize it is where he truly belongs.

In July he returns to TV.

The station announced Tuesday Carlin will be back at the WSLS (Channel 10) news desk opposite anchor Karen McNew. Beginning July 8 he will anchor the weekday newscasts at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. alongside McNew.

Carlin replaces anchorman Jay Warren, who left Channel 10 in April. Warren started at the station in 1998 and later rose to the anchor chair in 2008 after Carlin left the station.

After a staff announcement in the Roanoke-based NBC TV affiliate’s studio, Carlin and McNew said they’re excited to work alongside each other again.

Carlin said he’s missed journalism since he left it, adding he felt “a strong calling” to return.

“I’m just extremely excited to be back in broadcasting full time,” he said. “I really felt like this is where I belong.”

After leaving the station in 2008 Carlin worked for a Roanoke advertising and public relations firm, operated his own firm, served as director of public relations for Ferrum College and reported occasional video stories for WFXR (Channel 21/27).

He is a chairman of the YMCA Corporate Board of Directors and Saint Francis Service Dogs, and is a member of the board of Junior Achievement. He also helps with the Tank Team volunteers at the recently reopened Center in the Square. Carlin said he will continue to be active in the community.

In addition to the evening newscasts with McNew, Carlin will co-anchor the 11 p.m. newscast with Lindsay Ward during certain months of the year, according to a news release. He will file reports from the field introducing viewers to “the unique people and places often found in rural areas,” according to the release.

WSLS General Manager Leesa Wilcher said in the statement that Carlin is a proven journalist and community leader. She said everyone is thrilled at the news Carlin is coming back.

WSLS is one of 18 network-affiliated broadcast TV stations owned by Richmond-based Media General. Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the parent company of BH Media Group, which last week acquired The Roanoke Times, last year acquired a 19.9 percent stake in Media General and lent it $445 million.

Contact Annie McCallum at annie.mccallum@roanoke.com or 981-3227. Follow her on Twitter: @anniemccallum.

 

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