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Clark signs off Fox for time with family

After five years in the anchor seat at WCCB (Fox Charlotte, Channel 18), Rebecca Clark is taking on a new challenge.

Motherhood.

Her final broadcast was last week.

"I've wanted to do this for a while. After I got back from maternity leave, it was too hard to leave my son. I haven't got to spend a lot of time with him. It put everything in perspective. I wanted to be home with him."

Clark's son Charlie was born in September 2009. He is the first child for Clark and her husband, Matt, who runs a video production business.

Clark, who grew up in Florida, came to Fox Charlotte in January 2005 from the CBS affiliate in Tampa. She plans to stay in the Lake Norman area for now and doesn't expect to be back in the media anytime soon.

"If the perfect job were to open up where I could spend time with my son, I might be open to that," she says. But for now, she's not going to miss putting on makeup and doing the news.

Clark says in her decade of working in TV news, she's seen lots of changes, particularly since the economy went sour. There's more of an emphasis on celebrity news and political opinion rather than traditional journalism, she says, even in local television.

"Everyone is trying to be like the cable networks."

Morgan Fogarty is filling in on the 10 p.m. newscast while the station conducts a search for a successor to Clark, says station manager Jim White.

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