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KVUE-TV anchor Sieswerda leaving in May


One of the most familiar faces on Austin TV will soon depart.

Tyler Sieswerda, who anchors KVUE-TV’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, is set to leave in late May, with plans to relocate to Dallas. That’s where his partner, CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez, lives.

KVUE offered Sieswerda a contract extension in January, the anchor said, and he’s spent the past several months agonizing over whether he should renew.

“Manuel travels a lot for work,” Sieswerda said. “There are many weeks I don’t see him at all. Sometimes an entire month. It’s excruciating for me to give up Austin, but I think it’s going to be good for us to be in the same city.”

Sieswerda says he doesn’t have a new job lined up yet. He’s open to working in TV news again, but his search so far has primarily focused on public relations and consulting gigs.

“I’m literally taking a leap of faith here,” he said.

Exiting KVUE will be hard, Sieswerda said, with the next two months expected to be full of many emotional moments.

“I’m not just leaving a job,” he said. “I’m leaving a family. That really hurts. We have this unique relationship.”

One of the closest bonds Sieswerda said he’s formed is with Terri Gruca, his co-anchor for about eight years. The two are currently the longest-serving anchor team in Austin.

“They included me in on the hiring process,” Sieswerda said. “Before I even met Terri in person, I felt like I liked her and I feel like that’s how the viewers feel about her, too. As soon as we met, it was just instantaneous. We clicked. We knew we’d be friends. I can’t even imagine how tough that last day is going to be.”

“I instantly felt a connection with Tyler,” Gruca said. “He made me want the job. What you see with Tyler is what you get. He’s real. That’s why everyone loves him. There will be a big void without him, like a big part of me is gone.”

During the time Gruca and Sieswerda have shared the anchor desk, KVUE’s newscasts have consistently been at or near the top of the metro area’s Nielsen ratings.

“I can’t begin to count all the ways Tyler has contributed to our success over the years,” KVUE executive news director Frank Volpicella said. “He is a skilled journalist and a talented anchor who our viewers have come to know and trust. More importantly, he is a fine person. We are sad to see Tyler leave, and we wish him much success and happiness. Tyler will always have a home at KVUE.”

Sieswerda’s announcement comes just a few days after Patti Smith, KVUE’s president and general manager for the past 17 years, announced she would leave the station in late May.

“Frank and Patti both have been exceptional leaders for KVUE and for me,” Sieswerda said. “They took a chance on me 11 years ago and were supportive all the way through. I couldn’t have asked for more. They love their people.”


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