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Lisa Kim departs NBC Bay Area

After 11 years as an anchor on KNTV NBC Bay Area, Lisa Kim signed off last night at the end of the 5 p.m. news.

Choking back tears, she said, “Today is my last day. I want to thank everybody out there — I don’t want to break up here — for putting up with me for more than 11 years. I am humbled and very appreciative for letting me into your living rooms, your homes every night.

“I’ll still be around here in the Bay Area,” she added.

Kim, a Menlo Park resident with two children, has a resume that includes eight years at KGTV San Diego (1986-1994), a year as a reporter at Chicago CBS O&O WBBM, and three years (1996-1999) at MSNBC as an anchor and host.

Media blogger Rich Lieberman said he was told by insiders that News Director Jonathan Mitchell made the decision to not renew Kim’s contract and that he isn’t impressed with any of the anchors at NBC Bay Area.

No word on who will replace Kim or what she will do next.

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