Early news anchor and reporter Anne State exited CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 Thursday. Sources said her departure was by mutual agreement between her and station management. She is believed to no longer be under contract at Channel 2. Under previous WBBM general manager Joe Ahern, State had arrived at the station from San Diego in 2008 in the wake of star anchor Diann Burns' departure. State was initially being groomed as the next big female anchor talent at the station.
But with the arrival of new GM Bruno Cohen and news director Jeff Kiernan in late 2008, State's role was downgraded. In recent months, she had been co-anchoring the station's early newscasts and doing general assignment reporting. For now, Rob Johnson will carry on as solo anchor of both the station's early and late news. "We appreciate Anne's contributions and wish her the very best in her future endeavors," said Kiernan.