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Boston 25 morning anchor Sara Underwood will step away from full-time role

CEO Susie Mulder, left, and Sara Underwood, right, at the 2015 NIC+ZOE flagship store opening in Boston. (Natasha Moustache/Getty Images for NIC+ZOE)Natasha Moustache

Boston 25 Morning News anchor Sara Underwood confirmed on the air Thursday that she’s stepping down from her full-time job.

The heartfelt announcement from Underwood was also uploaded to the Boston 25 Twitter account.

“After months of thoughtful conversations with my family and very dear friends and station management, I have decided to make the tough decision to step away from this role as morning anchor, the full-time role here,” Underwood said during the broadcast.

She said family was a factor in her decision, with her daughter heading off to college in a year.

“I just feel it in my heart that I want to be there at night,” Underwood said. “I want to be awake at night when she has the tough questions. And I want to be there in the morning, I want to be there in the morning for them. So, this is something that I feel that I need to do for my kids, and I want to do. I’m so excited, and I feel so lucky that I’m able to make this choice. But it is, it’ll be very difficult.”

Underwood, though, found a silver lining.

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“I won’t be a stranger, I’ll still fill in occasionally with you guys,” she said. “I’ll be here when everyone else has some life decisions that they need covered for. But I’m very excited about this next chapter in my life, and I want to thank you, the viewers for your support.

She also thanked “my Morning Show family, really, for being the best team in Boston.”

Her final broadcast will be Friday of next week.

”I love you all so much,“ Underwood said. “And I’ve loved my time here. And I’m grateful for you, and I’m so excited. And my family is so excited for this next chapter. I can’t even tell you. Grateful, and I don’t take it for granted that I get to make this choice.”

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Bob Dumas, a special projects producer at Boston 25, was one of the many colleagues who praised her on social media in the immediate aftermath of the announcement.

“@sara_underwood is such a class act,” Dumas tweeted. “I was so happy to be reunited with her when I joined @boston25. She’ll be missed on many levels.”

Susan Pawlak-Seaman, a prominent local journalist who spent more than four decades reporting for the New Bedford Standard-Times, also voiced support for Underwood.

“Good for you, @sara_underwood!,” Pawlak-Seaman tweeted. “That’s what it’s supposed to be all about. Women Having Choices about whatever is best for us. Sometimes that seems to have gotten lost.”

Boston 25 anchor Mark Ockerbloom also saluted his departing colleague.

“Putting your family first, is always a good decision, but we will miss you @sara_underwood,” Ockerbloom tweeted. “You were the perfect combination of kindness, compassion, professionalism and humor. It was a pleasure to work with you!”

Baseball commentator Lou Merloni chimed in too, tweeting, “Congrats @sara_underwood I know this household will miss you every morning.”

Former reporter Jessica Reyes tweeted out best wishes as well.

“Good luck @sara_underwood!!,” Reyes wrote. “You were always such a pleasure to work with, and I wish you the very best.”

Underwood joined the station in 2008, according to her bio on the Boston 25 website.

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“As one of the area’s most familiar and trusted news anchors, Sara has led coverage in Boston since 2000. Prior to joining Boston 25 News she was an anchor at WBZ-TV,” the bio says. “Sara has been at the helm of major breaking news coverage, including leading the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. She has also conducted numerous high-profile interviews with newsmakers.”


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.