Peoria and Bloomington residents are wondering what happened to Kyreon Lee at WMBD ever since she’s been MIA from the newscasts. And they’ve been speculating on whether she gave birth recently. Lee broke the news explaining her recent absence on her official social media, and congratulations are in order. Her early mornings will be hectic for different reasons for a while, and she deserves a break from the morning newscasts. But she’s definitely not leaving WMBD for sure. Here’s what Kyreon Lee said about her absence from the station.
Kyreon Lee’s Education and Career
Missouri native Kyreon Lee received a bachelor’s in journalism, radio, television anchoring, and reporting from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018. She had worked at the campus news outlet and a local radio station, among other supplementary jobs.
Lee started her career in her native Missouri. She was at Columbia’s KOMU 8 News from 2015 to 2018 and Jefferson City’s KRCG 13 between 2018 and 2021.
In 2021, Lee moved to Peoria, Illinois, where she joined the WMBD News team. She has been anchoring the first two hours of the morning newscast and the last two hours of the entertainment segment at the central Illinois news station for almost two years.
When she arrived in Illinois, Kyreon Lee and her partner, D’Angelo Walker, were parents to a baby girl they named Mahlani. The couple married on June 4, 2022.
Kyreon Lee announced they were expecting their second child together during Thanksgiving 2022. She continued working behind the newsdesk and was there when colleague Matt Sheehan wrapped his last day at WMBD.
Kyreon Lee Goes on Maternity Leave
Recently, the anchor was abruptly missing from the newscasts. As many wondered what happened to Kyreon Lee, WMBD viewers speculated it was related to her pregnancy. And they were right.
On March 9, Lee took to her Facebook page to announce the birth of her younger daughter, Harmoni. She was supposed to go on leave last Monday, but Mahlani’s baby sister had other plans. She was born on February 27 at 2:50 a.m.
Lee and Walker spent the next few days adjusting to the new addition to their family. During that time, she was absent from social media, too.
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Kyreon Lee said she would be off the air for a few more weeks. She’s not leaving WMBD and will return to the newsdesk eventually. Until then, her newborn is taking up her mornings.