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Prominent news anchor Mary Baer has spent half her life with News4Jax, providing Jacksonville residents with the latest happenings. And many News4Jax viewers have grown up watching her on their TV sets. But now, the legendary reporter is leaving the airwaves of Jacksonville. Mary Baer is leaving WJXT-TV to begin the next chapter of her life. Read on to find out more about her departure from the news station.

Mary Baer Announces Retirement

A native of Medford, Oregon, Mary Baer graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism in 1985. That same year, she started her professional career in her hometown and joined KTVL News10 as an anchor and reporter.

Three years later, Baer relocated to Columbus, Ohio, and became an anchor/reporter for WSYX ABC 6. And in 1992, she made Jacksonville her home when she joined WJXT-TV. The city quickly embraced her, where she found the love of her life and became a grandma.

After Deborah Gianoulis retired in 2003, Mary Baer took her place at the anchor desk. And for 20 years, she co-anchors the newscasts alongside Tom Wills.

Baer’s account of a young girl, Ava-Kate, who swallowed a button battery, earned her the first Emmy Award. Another story close to the anchor’s heart is of Jonathan Kassebaum, a pastor who lost his life for a few minutes after being electrocuted and drowned in his backyard. He survived the accident due to his daughter and nearby yard workers’ quick action.

However, the multi Award-winning anchor has now decided to leave WJXT-TV to begin the next chapter of her life. Baer is all set to retire from the station after 30 wonderful years.

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Mary Baer will officially retire on May 31, 2023. And after that, she plans to spend more time with her husband and grandson and travel around the country.