O-Town Anchor Returning to the Air

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WKMG  anchor Lauren Rowe returns Monday to her regular shift after taking a break in mid-January to seek treatment for depression.

"I'm very happy Lauren is returning to our newscasts beginning Monday," WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said Friday. "She appreciates all of the letters and emails of support our viewers have sent to her."

Rowe's last day on the air was Jan. 13, and the CBS affiliate announced on Jan. 17 that she would be away. In a note, Rowe told colleagues that she had suffered from depression for many years.

"With the help of my doctors, I have been able to manage it," she wrote. "Recently, it has become harder for me to deal with my depression. In consultation with my doctors, I have decided to step away and seek treatment. I know this is the right thing for me to do."

Rowe has been at Channel 6 since 2001. She will be back anchoring at 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m.

H/T Orlando Sentinel