(WTXL) — After more than a decade, ABC 27’s Abbey Maurer is saying goodbye to the place where her journalism career began.
On Monday, Maurer announced that she would be leaving ABC 27 to spend more time with her family.
"Making the decision to leave ABC 27 was not an easy one. It's been my second family for just short of 15 years and I have enjoyed my career. Right now though, I want to focus on my family," Maurer said. "My daughter will be in first grade and my son in VPK, and with these uncertain times, I look forward to spending my days with them and my husband!"
“While we will miss having Abbey as part of the team, we understand her desire to focus on her family. We appreciate her contributions to the station over the last 14 years," said ABC 27 News Director Vicki Bradley.
The Orlando native and Florida State graduate started her career at ABC 27 as Abbey Phillips. She later married and is now a mother of two.
During her time at ABC 27, Maurer has worked every on-air shift from weekends to early mornings. She’s taken the lead on big projects like her Emmy nominated D-Day series, ABC 27's "We're Open" series, led the 2020 "National News Literacy Week" project between ABC 27 and Leon High School and most recently spearheaded the station’s literacy and book campaign benefiting students at John G. Riley Elementary.
Abbey's work at the station has also been recognized on national television including ABC News and The Weather Channel. She won an Associated Press award for her stories related to Tallahassee Police informant Rachel Hoffman's murder and another AP award for Best Newscast.
When asked what she’ll miss most, Maurer said, "I am grateful for the opportunities ABC 27 has provided me over the years. I will miss telling impactful stories, hurricane coverage, election nights, my co-workers, and coming into people's homes every night."
Maurer’s last day on air will be on Friday, July 31st.