Exclusive: Lisa Rayam leaving Fox 5

Lisa Rayam headshot

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, May 2, 2016

Fox 5 has decided not to renew Lisa Rayam’s contract, according to six different unnamed sources. My information came from former Fox 5 employees and friends of Rayam herself.

She will be off the air by the end of the month. Rayam has been anchoring the noon and 6 p.m. newscasts.

The Arizona State University graduate has been a popular presence at Fox 5 for 22 years, arriving at the time the station was switching its affiliation from CBS to Fox.

Rayam declined to comment, referring me to her higher ups.

UPDATE 5/3/2016 4:23 p.m.: Rayam just posted a note on her public Fox 5 Facebook page, noting that “I need more time with my awesome children. I need early dinners with them. I need to help with homework. I need to show up ‘on time’ for them everywhere. Some of you also know that my son is being heavily recruited and I can’t wait to help him explore his own opportunities across the country! I am extremely sorry that many of you heard about my news through a media report that was inaccurate. My hope had been to share my announcement with you first. I thought it was important that it came from me. Unfortunately, due to the misinformation, I am addressing this differently than I had planned. It’s a shame.

Let me be clear again – this is my decision. Trying to spin this in any other way is unnecessary and untrue. It saddens me that some have done so.”

(My rebuttal: I had multiple, very reliable sources who spoke directly to Rayam who said her contract wasn’t being renewed.)

A Fox spokeswoman from New York said the station has no personnel announcements to make “at this time.”

UPDATE: On May 3, the network provided this statement from Bill Schneider, VP and GM of WAGA FOX 5:

“After 21 years with the FOX 5 family, we wish Lisa the very best in the next chapter of her life. We thank her for her incredible commitment to this station and the service she has provided to our viewers for all these years. ”

Rayam, according to her Fox 5 bio, loves to sing and work with children in her spare time, visiting schools on a regular basis. She is a big supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Dress for Success, Hope House and My Sister’s House of Atlanta.

She would be the second anchor to leave the station this spring.

Gurvir Dhindsa, a host of “Good Day Atlanta,” stepped down last month.

 

 

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