Kate Merrill abruptly leaves WBZ-TV after more than 20 years

According to her LinkedIn page, Merrill has been a reporter and anchor at WBZ for more than 20 years, beginning her tenure in March 2004.

Merrill’s public Facebook page, which has 12,000 followers, was last updated June 1 and, as of Monday morning, made no reference to his departure. But in the comments, people expressed support.

“I hope you left of your own accord and that CBS doesn’t go in a new direction!” one person wrote. “I think we need to change networks!” I hope you’ll keep us posted if you go anywhere else or what you decide to do! »

Another supporter was more blunt.

“If Kate is gone, then I’m officially done with WBZ,” she wrote. “A year ago WBZ had the BEST morning team and now… goodbye WBZ.”

In March, anchor Liam Martin left what he called his “dream job” at WBZ, writing an essay for Boston Magazine about the challenges of the early morning shift and the mental health struggles he’d faced. confronted with.

According to a stored copy of his WBZ-TV profile, Merrill is a Carlisle native who “won multiple Emmys for his reporting on WBZ.”

“She has covered every major Boston story, from the 2013 Marathon bombings and the 2004 Democratic National Convention, to the 2004 Red Sox World Series victory and multiple Patriots Super Bowls, live from the field.” , indicates the profile.

She got her start in television news as an intern at WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston. She later worked in upstate New York and Nashville, Tennessee, where she received an Emmy for her coverage of a tornado that hit the area in 1999, according to her profile. She was also honored for her investigative reporting in Tennessee.

She joined WNBC-TV in New York before joining WBZ, according to the profile.

Her off-screen work includes volunteering with her daughters through the National Charity League. Her husband, Mike Dunham, is a goaltending development coach in the Boston Bruins organization, according to the profile.

This is breaking news and will be updated.

John R. Ellement can be contacted at john.ellement@globe.com. follow him @JREbosglobe.

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