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WFAA8's Cynthia Izaguirre on replacing the irreplaceable


Gloria Campos & 10 p.m. newscast heir Cynthia Izaguirre. WFAA8 image

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Cynthia Izaguirre as usual awoke at a pre-dawn hour Thursday to co-anchor WFAA8’s Daybreak.

But new eras for her and the station also are dawning after Wednesday’s announcement that Izaguirre will be succeeding WFAA8 mainstay Gloria Campos and joining incumbent John McCaa at the 10 p.m. news anchor desk. Her opening night will be Monday, March 10th, with the 5 p.m. newscast also part of her new picture.

Upon request, Izaguirre emailed her thoughts after Thursday’s Daybreak had ended.

“First of all, I want to thank Gloria for welcoming me with open arms six years ago,” Izaguirre said. “She has been a true friend and mentor. For that I am grateful. I want it to be clear that I am not her replacement because there is no replacement for Gloria. I am simply the new 10 p.m. co-anchor. Gloria is enormous shoes to fill and I don’t take that responsibility lightly.”

Both Campos and Izaguirre are mothers of twins. Campos’ sons, Greg and Tony, are 20 now. Izaguirre’s daughter, Karina, and son, Simon, will be two years old in April. In a Wednesday night telephone interview, Campos said, “It’s hard being in television and also being a mom of two kids. But working nightside is a special challenge.” Her husband, Lance Brown, also a journalist, eventually quit his job to be at home with their sons, Campos noted. “That helped a lot.”

Izaguirre and her husband, Jeremy, an architect, will be following in those footsteps, she said. They’ve been married since October 2010.

“Speaking of simple, that’s how I was raised and I also married a very simple man,” Izaguirre said. “After a lot of soul-searching and careful thought, we decided it was now or never for this incredible opportunity. Thanks to my husband sacrificing his career as an architect, I’ll be able to tackle my life-long professional goal because he is at home with our babies! Along with anxious grandparents always willing to pitch in!”

Izaguirre’s Daybreak replacement has not been named yet. WFAA8 news director Carolyn Mungo has not returned emails asking for comment on Campos’ March 7th departure or any of the other station changes in play.

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