WPTV West Palm Beach Anchor Shannon Cake was to have her job and a family life as well. So she has decided to pull back to part time.
Cake, anchor of the 5:30 p.m. news on WPTV-Channel 5 and 10 p.m. on WFLX-Fox 29, says she’s stepping down from the Fox newscast after asking her bosses to work part-time.
Cake, who’s been at the NBC affiliate for 18 years, tells Gossip Extra exclusively that pressing family matters took precedent over her heavy work load.
“It’s something that we worked on for months,” said Cake, who’s also an investigative reporter. “My parents are getting older and my dad had a health scare recently. That was a wake up call.
“And then, when you get to sleep every morning at 2 a.m. after work, you’re not really good to anyone in the morning. My two children (3 and 5) need me.
“I’m going through what many working moms are facing, but I work for people who understand that.”
Four female anchors have been flown to West Palm Beach for screen tests with 10 p.m. male anchor, Jay Cashmere, who’s staying put.
WPTV is contracted by WFLX to provide its nightly, hour-long newscasts.
As for Cake, News Director Michael Garber says Cake’s afternoon duties have not been firmed up.
“We just wanted to maintain Shannon’s presence in our anchor lineup, which was important to us,” he said.