RICHMOND, Va. — Candace Burns was named permanent anchor at WTVR CBS 6 News on Wednesday. Burns was hired in a fill-in role last year when longtime WTVR anchor Stephanie Rochon took a medical leave of absence. Stephanie passed away less than a year later.
“We suffered a loss we never anticipated, that not only left a hole in our hearts, but a very important chair on the anchor desk empty,” WTVR CBS 6 news director Sheryl Barnhouse wrote in a memo to the newsroom. “But as we navigated through the tough times, we were fortunate enough to find someone who not only helped us out, but also respectfully honored the absence, then the loss, of our dear friend Stephanie as gracefully as anyone could have hoped. During that time, Candace Burns fell in love with Richmond and this newsroom, and our staff and viewers embraced her as well. She has become an important part of the CBS 6 Family. That’s why we are so happy to announce that Candace will be a permanent member of the CBS 6 Anchor/Reporter Team.”
“I am so excited to call Central Virginia home! Over the past year I have fallen in love with charm of the area and the warmth of the people who live here,” Candace said. “I am so thankful that I am blessed to keep sharing the stories that matter with our wonderful viewing audience.”
Candace will continue to anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Bill Fitzgerald. Click here to leave a message on Candace’s Facebook page.