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Posted: 12:02 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013

Shannon Wolfson returns to KXAN 


Shannon Wolfson
KXAN's Shannon Wolfson

By Gary Dinges

After a brief, three-month break from TV news, Shannon Wolfson is back on the air at KXAN, the city’s NBC affiliate.

This time around, Wolfson, who previously served as a nightside reporter and anchor of KXAN’s 9 p.m. newscast on sister station KNVA, will work as a full-time investigative reporter.

“I’m thrilled to be back at KXAN with the opportunity to tell stories that really make a difference,” she told me. “This is the kind of storytelling I’ve always loved, but haven’t always had the time or resources to accomplish.

“It is important to me, both personally and professionally, to be fair and respectful. That is the kind of reporting I do, and it’s the person I am.”

The new gig means Wolfson, a University of Texas graduate, will get to spend more time with her husband, something she’s excited about.

“I really just enjoyed spending the time off with my husband,” she said. “My previous position didn’t allow us to spend much time together at all, so we traveled a bit and visited a lot of family.

“It was really wonderful, but I am ready to get back to work. This position will allow me a much better work-life balance.”

Wolfson, who first joined KXAN in 2006, will help fill the void left by the recent departure of chief investigative reporter Chris Willis.

“KXAN is deeply committed to investigative journalism that holds people accountable and makes a positive impact in our community,” she said. “I really am humbled to join an extremely experienced team of investigative journalists dedicated to those ideals.”

Gary Dinges

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