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Syan Rhodes to leave KPRC 2

Syan Rhodes

Syan Rhodes is joining the office of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Lesley Briones after leaving KPRC 2 as a longtime weekend anchor and reporter.

"I'm excited to announce my new position as Press Secretary for Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Lesley Briones," Rhodes posted on LinkedIn.

Rhodes, who I blogged had been off-air for around a month, returned to work on Easter Sunday and  announced it was her last week as a KPRC 2 Houston weekend anchor.

She explained on social the very special reason she has been off:

"First, thank you to everyone who wrote emails, comments, texted, and called wondering where I was the last 4 weeks. I appreciate your concern and well wishes, but I was on leave for a really good reason! 

I recently became a licensed foster parent and the first call about a child in need came much sooner than I anticipated. I took time off to get acquainted with the little one and settled as we begin a new journey together. It has been a whirlwind and an already life-changing experience and my family and I are so honored to be able to love and provide a safe place for this special child. 

However this is not the only new path I am charting. 

I have decided to leave KPRC 2 News and this is my last week. 

It has been a blessing to come back to my hometown and serve my community as an advocate for truth and a voice for the voiceless. 

I am forever grateful for how you have embraced me and supported me for nearly 9 years, welcoming me into your homes, literally and figuratively, to tell stories that matter."

Congrats to Rhodes. What a great thing she is doing.

Bill Barajas KPRC 2 weekend anchor

Thanks to all of Rhodes loyal viewers that sent me the news.  As you might imagine, I was a little busy on Easter.

Rhodes joined KPRC in 2014 from WESH 2 Orlando, Florida where she was a CW18 anchor.  Months later Rhodes was promoted to a channel 2 weekend anchor with Phillip Mena

She previously worked as:

- weekend anchor for Action News 5 WMC Memphis, Tennessee

- reporter/weekend morning anchor WBIR Channel 10 Knoxville, Tennessee

- investigative reporter/weekend anchor KETK Tyler

The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University grad interned with KSNT 27 Topeka, Kansas.

She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and interned at KSNT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Topeka, Kan.

I don't know if I ever blogged about this, but Rhodes and I were fellow TH Rogers middle school students. 

She was raised in Sunnyside and 3rd Ward, and attended Episcopal High School.

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