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New face at CBS11/TXA21 means exit of incumbent weekend anchor Nerissa Knight

Nerissa Knight and CBS11/TXA21 newcomer Sharrie Williams.

Sharrie Williams has been named the new weekend anchor for CBS11/TXA21, replacing three-year veteran Nerissa Knight.

Williams, who will begin anchoring on the weekend of Jan. 22-23, arrives from CBS-owned WFOR-TV in Miami, where she worked for current CBS11/TXA21 news director Adrienne Roark. She has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at WFOR.

In a publicity release, CBS11/TXA21 president and general manager Gary Schneider noted that Williams covered this year's earthquake in Haiti and also is an avid sports fan who began her journalism career as a college student producing feature stories on University of Tennessee athletes for Fox Sports Net South.

Her "knowledge of -- and enthusiasm for -- sports makes her extremely well-suited for the Dallas-Fort Worth market," Schneider said.

Williams also has worked for WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Ala. and WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tenn.

CBS11/TXA21 director of communications Lori Conrad confirmed that Knight no longer is with the stations. The Wisconsin native came to D-FW in September 2007 from KBTV-TV in Beaumont. She told unclebarky.com at the time that she remembered watching Fox4 anchor Clarice Tinsley as a kindergartener during Tinsley's previous tenure at a Milwaukee TV station.

During her time in D-FW, Knight was working the weekend shift when the Dallas Cowboys' practice "bubble" collapsed on May 2, 2009, seriously injuring a special teams coach and a scouting assistant. CBS11 was first on the scene, and Knight anchored that afternoon's breaking news coverage.

Knight could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.