Sarah Lucero, an award-winning journalist who has been a mainstay of the KENS 5 anchor desk for nearly two decades, will anchor her final show tonight at 10.
Lucero said she has decided to resign her position with the station to spend more time with her family. She and her husband have four children.
Although tonight is officially Lucero's final day, the station held a going away celebration last week and streamed it online.
"Sarah Lucero-Calhoon has been a vibrant part of the KENS family for 19+ years, and we are thankful for all she has contributed to our station and the community,” said Tom Cury, president and general manager of KENS 5. "Sarah reflects the values that KENS 5 and our San Antonio community love. We will miss her."
Lucero has been part of the station's weeknight anchor team at 6 and 10 p.m. for more than a decade. She currently appears alongside evening anchor Jeff Brady, and she was teamed for many years with KENS 5 legend Chris Marrou.
"I'm sorry to see her go. When my family first moved to San Antonio in 2015, she was the first person to invite us over for a burger," KENS 5 News Director Jack Acosta said. "When you don't know anyone in a new town, that simple act of kindness really means a lot."
Lucero was raised in a bilingual English and Spanish household and grew up with a love for language. She is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and St. Mary's University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English communications.
Before joining the KENS 5 staff in 1998 as a 5 p.m. anchor and reporter, she worked for WBBM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chicago, and at KWEX-TV, the Univision affiliate in San Antonio.
She said her nearly two decades at KENS 5 will be difficult to leave behind.
"It's bittersweet. I love working at KENS 5 and being with my KENS 5 family," Lucero said. "I couldn't have had a more supportive company and team behind me for the last 20 years."
Lucero, who recently signed a new contract with the station, said thinking about her younger children led her to the decision to step away from television.
"I came to the realization that I'd like to spend more time with my family," she said. "I have two very young children now, and I have an opportunity to raise them a little differently from my older boys. I have no regrets about that, but I have a chance now to be home more."
Lucero won her first Lone Star Emmy Award for a KENS 5 special report about women behind bars. She spent the night in a county jail and spoke with the women, many of whom had spent most of their lives incarcerated.
She was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame and has been honored with numerous awards for her work in the community for groups such as the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes. She's also an avid marathon runner, cyclist and triathlete, regularly participating in competitions across the country.
Lucero said she wants to "thank viewers for allowing me to come into your homes through KENS 5 for so long and relying on us to tell you about the community and trusting us as part of your lives. I will continue to watch KENS 5 and cheer them on."
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