Anchor Pilgrim leaving Fox59 for East Coast job

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.

eva pilgrim 15colPilgrim had risen from the morning news at Fox59 to anchor at 4 p.m. (Photo courtesy Eva Pilgrim)

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.

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