TJ Nelson, producer and co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast on WDAY TV, will take over the empty anchor’s chair left by Austen Schauer at KVRR, the local Fox affiliate.
Schauer announced late last month that he’d be leaving Fox for a job at Park Christian School in Moorhead, Minn. His last day is Aug. 2.
At KVRR, Nelson will be alongside Candace Thornberg, co-producing and co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts.
With nine years under his belt at WDAY, Nelson called this a “natural step” in his career.
“It was not an easy choice,” Nelson said. “But these main anchor gigs don’t open up very often.”
Nelson’s WDAY seat with co-anchor Robin Huebner won’t stay empty long. Reporter and weekend anchor Todd Kurtz will step in at 5 p.m., said Jeff Nelson, WDAY news director.
TJ Nelson started at WDAY in 2004 as a producer and quickly began anchoring at 5 p.m. The Thief River Falls, Minn., native has been in broadcast for 27 years.
WDAY is owned by Forum Communications Co., which also owns Forum News Service.