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Meteorologist MacLaughlin leaving NBC5

Meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin, nearly a six-year veteran of Fort Worth-based NBC5's weather team, has decided to leave the station at the end of his contract, which expires in January.

"Steve's choice to leave is simple," NBC5 vice president of content development Susan Tully said in a memo to staffers Wednesday. "He's decided it's time to go back to the East Coast to be near family. It's a choice we can all respect."

MacLaughlin joined NBC5 in January 2004 from WPHL-TV in Philadelphia. He has been working the 4 p.m. weekday shift as well as the station's 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts.

"The management team had hoped Steve would stay on," Tully said in the memo. "He's a great contributor to the weather team. We especially enjoyed his dedication and skills during winter weather, where Steve always had a way of nailing it."

MacLaughlin grew up in New Jersey and is a graduate of Rutgers University, according to his NBC5 bio. The station says he's also a guitarist, drummer, singer and songwriter.