KVUE’s Andy Pierrotti

Add KVUE’s Andy Pierrotti to the list of TV journalists leaving town this summer.

After four years in Austin, the investigative reporter says he has accepted a similar position at WXIA, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate.

Both KVUE and WXIA are owned by the same company, Tegna.

Pierrotti’s final day at KVUE will be June 22. He starts in Atlanta on June 27.

“I wasn’t expecting to leave KVUE or Austin anytime soon,” Pierrotti said. “It’s the best city and TV station I’ve worked for in my career so far. When an opportunity to join 11Alive (WXIA) in Atlanta presented itself, however, it was a no-brainer. I’ll be joining one of the best investigative units in the country and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

During his time in Austin, Pierrotti and his KVUE Defenders colleagues have been honored numerous times for their work, including becoming the first Central Texas station to win a coveted Peabody Award.

“I’m proud to say our KVUE Defenders investigative unit has accomplished a tremendous amount over the past four years,” Pierrotti said. “We compelled Texas lawmakers to change two state laws; helped an orphan boy stuck in Haiti join his parents in the U.S.; resolved numerous incorrect medical bills for viewers; shed light on a broken mental health system and always held those in power accountable when needed.”

In addition to the professional challenges his new gig will bring – Atlanta is the nation’s ninth-largest TV market, while Austin ranks 39th – Pierrotti said the shift also comes with a number of personal benefits.

“Moving to Atlanta puts me closer to family and my partner,” he said. “It’s not often life gives you the opportunity to grow professionally and be closer to those you love. I’m grateful for both.”

Last week, another member of the KVUE news team, recently retired news director Frank Volpicella, also announced a move to Atlanta, where he’ll be news director at CBS affiliate WGCL.