Leyna Nguyen Says Goodbye to KCAL After Two Decades

Leyna Nguyen Headshot (KCBS-KCAL)

Longtime Los Angeles newscaster Leyna Nguyen is leaving television news.

Nguyen announced on Facebook Sunday evening that she will no longer be anchoring the news on CBS-owned duopoly, KCAL-KCBS.

“This week starts a new chapter in my life. I’ve decided to leave my position at KCAL9, and leave the news business altogether (at least for now),” she wrote in a lengthy post. “I’ve worked weekends or nights my ENTIRE career–and with a 10 and 12 year old in or going into middle school–it’s time to concentrate on the most important job I have: MOM.”

In a private Facebook exchange Sunday night, Nguyen told Urban Hollywood 411 that she said goodbye to her co-workers last week.

“I ended my tenure on a high note – taking off the late newscast to host an event for a non-profit on Thursday night – my last duty representing the station,” she said via Facebook message.

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Nguyen’s public Facebook post included photos of her saying goodbye and hugging several co-workers. As of Sunday evening, her bio was no longer on the station’s website.

The Vietnam native joined KCAL9 in Dec. 1997. When the independent station merged with KCBS in 2002, she became one of the nation’s first anchors to present the news on two different local stations.

The four-time Emmy winner said in addition to concentrating on her family, she plans to work on audiobooks in her home studio and take on more charity work.

Nguyen got her start in TV news in Augusta, GA. She also worked at the NBC affiliate in Sacramento before coming to Los Angeles.

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Nguyen joins a growing list of anchors to leave KCBS-KCAL in recent months.

In May, Elsa Ramon told Urban Hollywood 411 that she was exiting the duopoly to embark on a new career in blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.

Ramon also called television news “a dying business.”

Weekend anchor Andrea Fujii said goodbye to the station in April after her husband, Whit Johnson, joined ABC News as a correspondent in New York.

Meanwhile, weeknight anchor Rick Garcia has been missing from the air for months. According to published reports, he was suspended in March.

But Mike Nelson, senior vice president of communications for CBS Television Stations, declined comment back in May on the status of Garcia’s employment. Garcia’s bio remains on the station website.

Nelson did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment on Sunday night.

You can read Nguyen’s Facebook post below.