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Anchor/reporter Cory Smith leaving D-FW's NBC5, will be replaced by Laura Harris from Tampa Bay's ABC station

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NBC5’s outgoing Cory Smith and incoming Laura Harris.

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Due to “family reasons,” NBC5 anchor/reporter Cory Smith will be leaving the Fort Worth-based station when his contract expires at the end of this year.

His eventual replacement, Laura Harris from ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa Bay, FL, was announced Friday to station staffers by vice president of news Mark Ginther.

Smith, who has been anchoring NBC5’s 5 and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts and also reporting three days a week, arrived in December 2015 from KSAT-TV, San Antonio’s ABC station. He’s a native of south Oak Cliff, and will now be looking for opportunities outside of Texas, according to Ginther.

Harris, who’s been reporting for WFTS since July 2012, earlier had been a morning anchor with Charleston, SC’s WCIV-TV, also an ABC affiliate. The Georgia Southern University graduate was a Division One soccer player while in college and is a “big sports fan,” Ginther said in his staff memo. She also has worked for CNN, TNT Sports and WNEG-TV in Athens, GA.

According to her WFTS station bio, Harris “lives by the motto, ‘If you find something you like to do, you don’t have to work a day in your life.’ “

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