Meredith and Hunter Ellis poses at their home in Travis heights neighborhood. (Ricardo B. Brazziell photo)

Hunter Ellis has left KEYE to focus full-time on documentaries.

Ellis, a former “Survivor” contestant who co-anchored the station’s morning show for about three years, signed off in late December.

“It is bittersweet, as I am very excited to return to the world of documentary television, but I will miss the viewers and the loyalty they showed us as we built the show from scratch,” Ellis wrote on Facebook. “It has been a true privilege to share all the news and events, good and bad, over the past few years. It has made me appreciate the town we live in. I am happy to say we will continue to call Austin home, I will just be on the road more, and will be destroying my alarm clock! A very sincere thank you to all our viewers, and to all those I worked with who made those early mornings easier and more fun. Time to kick the tires and light the fires … Many great adventures ahead!”

Reporter Alex Boyer has been filling in alongside Ericka Miller since Ellis departed.