Some Depressing News

  Lauren Rowe

Lauren Rowe

Many people say they don't watch local news because it's too depressing. 

One Orlando Anchor is taking time off to battle depression.

WKMG Anchor Lauren Rowe says that her doctors have advised her to step away from the newsroom to help in her battle against depression. 

Rowe sent out this message to her co-workers and viewers on Friday. 

"I am sending you this message because I'm going to be taking a break for a while. I have suffered from depression for many years, and with the help of my doctors, I have been able to manage it. 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, and I appreciate your understanding and support. I will miss Local 6 and our viewers.  I look forward to returning to work soon."

Anchor Matt Austin read the message to viewers on the 5 p.m. newscast and wished her well.

Rowe's last time on the air was Monday. There's no timetable for her return, which depends on what her doctors say, a WKMG spokeswoman said.

H/T Orlando Sentinel