Anne McCloy says goodbye, see the heartfelt video below

Anne McCloy, an eight-year veteran at CBS 6 News in Albany gave an emotional, teary-eyed farewell to viewers on Monday in a social media post that also revealed, in part, her reasons for leaving, and what her future plans may include.

The good news is— my new goal is to bring joy to myself and to you. You won’t be losing me. I will be here on social media and I will be sharing my journey with all of you who have supported me all along. -Anne McCloy


Leave of absence in the New Year

McCloy, who's been working in television news since she was a teenager, had taken a leave of absence from WRGB CBS 6 since January.

In her heartfelt post, McCloy admitted that by the time she took time off from work, she was completely burnt out.

"The stress and burnout from working non-stop covering politics, general news, and anchoring three half-hour newscasts a day took a toll. My doctor told me it was having a physical impact on me and suggested I stop working. It was a big wake-up call," she told viewers.

The negativity of the news cycle

McCloy, who came to Albany 8 years ago from Arizona, said she fell in love with the Capital Region and even settled down and was married here, but the pressures of the job and the demand she put on herself turned out to be an unhealthy mix.

"It’s not to say that I stopped loving my job but the negativity of the news cycle was having a real effect on me...My work as a journalist was my entire being and I would continue the work morning, day and night. It made me good at my job, but not good at taking care of myself," McCloy added.

What's next for McCloy?

McCloy didn't say where she was going or what she plans on doing next.  The first step, according to her post, was the "terrifying" announcement she had to deliver on Monday.

"I’m dropping my identity as a newscaster and I’m going back to simply, Anne McCloy."

Adding, "I’m actually terrified to make this career change to something brand new, but I know it’s what I need."


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