Syracuse TV anchor leaving after nearly 6 years: ‘I am eternally grateful’

Syracuse TV anchor Nicole Sommavilla is leaving NewsChannel 9 WSYR after nearly 6 years.

Sommavilla, who anchored the local ABC affiliate’s morning and noon newscasts, announced Wednesday that she is moving back to her hometown to be near her family.

“Thank all of you watching for welcoming me into your homes with open arms for trusting me to share such meaningful stories,” she told viewers. “I came here to make an impact on this community, but you have had an impact on my life too and that means more to me than many of you will ever know. I believe few things happen by chance and I know God was intentional about bringing me to this specific community that I loved so much.”

Sommavilla started working at NewsChannel 9 in October 2018 as a reporter and weekend anchor. She eventually joined WSYR-TV’s “The Morning News,” co-anchoring weekday mornings and noon newscasts with co-anchor Ryan Dean and meteorologist Kate Thornton.

According to her bio, Sommavilla is a New York City native who grew up in Westchester County. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2016 and began her broadcasting career at WSNN in Sarasota, Florida.

In 2017, Sommavilla was diagnosed with Lyme disease and won a Telly Award for a series, “Living with Lyme,” plus a New York Emmy Award for a primetime special about the illness. She said she works to raise awareness and push for more research and funding, including at the CNY Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance.

“I am eternally grateful for this chapter but it is time to turn the page and follow where God is leading me so from the bottom of my heart thank you for changing my life,” Sommavilla said Wednesday, thanking her co-workers both on camera and behind the scenes. “In the wise words of ‘Winnie the Pooh,’ how lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. And it’s not really goodbye it’s just see you soon.”

Sommavilla did not say if she would be working at another TV station or making a career change.

In a statement on social media, Sommavilla said that she’s looking forward to living in the same town as her family for the first time in more than a decade. “And right now, that is where I need to be,” she wrote.

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