WXIN-TV Fox59 news anchor and reporter Eva Pilgrim is leaving the local station for a similar position at the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.
Pilgrim, who was hired by Fox59 in late 2009, anchors the station's 4 p.m. newscast and reports for the 10 p.m. newscast. She's also a back-up anchor for the primetime show. She began at Fox59 as a morning news anchor during the 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. segment.
She announced the move Monday via Twitter and on her blog, Everyday Eva: "When I got the call saying I got the job ... I cried ... unexpectedly," she wrote. "I was excited and happy but all of a sudden I realized how much I was going to miss Indy."
Her last day at Fox59 will be Wednesday.
News Director Lee Rosenthal said the station is interviewing in-house and external candidates to replace Pilgrim.
"It's a no-brainer," Rosenthal said of Pilgrim's move to the much-larger media market. "It's a great job. It's great to see a good person go to a good place."
Pilgrim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a military family traveling all over the United States before her family settled down in South Carolina, according to a Fox59 bio. She attended the University of Florida and University of South Carolina.
She previously worked at TV stations in Charlotte, N.C., Bluefield, W. Va., and Columbia, S.C.