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Friday, April 23, 2021

Britt Moreno joins KXAN Austin

Britt Moreno, CBS 4 Denver KCNC morning and noon anchor (O&O), left the station in April after eight years to join KXAN Austin.

Moreno debuted on KXAN Austin in June 10, 2021 as the Nexstar station's 4:30pm, 5pm, 6pm, 9pm and 10pm newscast anchor taking the place of Sydney Benter who left in May.

Katie Orth joins KWGN 2 Denver from ABC Big 2 News KMID Midland

Here is a transcript of what Moreno said on her last day on the air on CBS Denver (video embedded above):

"The only plausible reason [to leave her job] might be family, and that's exactly why we're leaving CBS4 and Colorado to move closer to my family in my hometown of Austin, Texas. 

I'm going to try to get through this I'm sorry, on my last morning. I just want to thank all of you for being my extended family, because for the last eight years, you invited me into your homes every morning while you were getting ready for work or having breakfast, and you allowed me to emcee your events for those causes and those nonprofits closest to your heart. 

So thank you so much for trusting me to share your incredible stories right here on the news. Over the past eight years together, we went through some of the lowest lows, enduring heartbreaking shootings and wildfires. But we've also experienced some great highs, like when the Broncos won the Super Bowl 50 championship and when Coloradans supported one another during this pandemic.

 You all listened to the quiet voices of children in foster care and amplified our mission. With your help, 60 children who were featured in 'Wednesday's Child' were adopted. And I am so grateful for your support. You sent well wishes at the start of my marriage when we got our Colorado dog and had our Colorado baby (Weston).

And let me tell you, your messages propped me up when we came home from the hospital with the baby at the start of quarantine and the pandemic. 

All of our family is out of state. And I truly never felt completely alone because I had all of you checking on me. 

And lastly, I just want to thank the CBS 4 team. Gosh, you guys, this crew made me better professionally as I tried everyday to meet their journalistic standards. And personally, I've developed so many friendships working here. And, you know, I'm going to miss everybody so much. And here's the thing. Social media makes it really easy to stay in touch, right. So we can all stay connected there. 

And of course, I'll be thinking of those perfect Colorado summers when we're down in the Texas heat. It's brutal, let me tell you. But I'll always carry a piece of my heart of you in Colorado in my heart, and I'll be thinking of you as we venture home, because, after all, that's what family does."

The 2019 Heartland Emmy winner for best "News Anchor" and 2017 recipient of the Colorado Broadcaster’s Association Award of Excellence, started with KCNC in March of 2013.  

Before Denver, Moreno worked as a weekend anchor and night-side reporter for FOX10 KSAZ Phoenix, Arizona. TRIVIA: Which television reporter came to Houston from KSAZ and owns an athletic fashion line?

The Austin native graduated with honors from St. Stephen's High School and double majored in communications/Spanish at Trinity University in San Antonio. 

*this post updated with Moreno's KXAN 36 Austin debut date and anchor shift

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