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NBC5 saying goodbye to sports anchor-reporter Matt Barrie, who's heading to ESPN

Matt Barrie, a distinctive, live wire sports anchor-reporter for NBC5 since joining the Fort Worth-based station in 2008, has decided to take his considerable talents to ESPN.

His last day will be March 3rd, the station announced Wednesday evening.

"Matt is a terrific journalist who brought fantastic energy to the NBC5 sports team," vice president of news Susan Tully said in a statement. "We're sorry to see Matt leave, but wish him success in his new network job."

Barrie, an Arizona native, joined NBC5 from WLTX-TV in Columbia, South Carolina. One of his stories for the station, "A Game of Hope," won a national and regional Edward R. Murrow award and an Emmy.

NBC5 said a replacement hasn't been named yet. Veteran Newy Scruggs remains the station's principal sports anchor.