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Former NBC5 sports reporter David Watkins finds a new arena


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Another D-FW TV reporter -- this time David Watkins -- has left the profession and found another endeavor.

Watkins, a Plano West High graduate who joined the station’s sports staff in February 2012, says he “found the perfect landing spot” as the new Director of Business at Dallas-based Elevate Brand Marketing.

“For me it came down to work/life balance -- like anyone else leaving the business these days,” Watkins told unclebarky.com. “I’m a father now, and it was time to pursue a new career with a more traditional schedule. I have weekends off for the first time in my career. NBC5 was planning to move on from me anyway, so it worked out well for all parties.”

Watkins won three Lone Star Emmys and a regional Edward R. Murrow award during his five years with NBC5. He also anchored the Wingstop Inside High School Sports program for the station after originally joining NBC5 from KARE-TV in Minneapolis.

In the past several years, a number of seasoned local TV reporters have left their stations to find more stability and better hours in new lines of work. They include Brad Watson, Calvert Collins, Janet St. James, Craig Civale, Steve Stoler, Cynthia Vega, Casey Norton and Chris Hawes.

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