Neile Jones leaving KNWA after 17 years

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News anchor Neile Jones will leave KNWA-TV next month, station officials announced Monday.

Jones, who first joined the station in 1997, is leaving the anchor desk to move to Tulsa, Okla. Her last day is Oct. 2.

“I’m headed home to be near my immediate family,” said Jones in a news release. “I want to watch my nieces grow up, spend time with my sister and brother-in-law and, of course, be with my mom and dad.”

Jones is known locally for her work for nonprofits, most notably for her efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer. She worked with the Ozark affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure Association, and with the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Jones shared her own story of survival in her autobiography, Look Again…Because You Can.

During her time at KNWA, Jones earned a Mid-America Emmy Award for reporting, the Domestic Peace Award from the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation Cameo Award for Volunteerism.

According to news director Brook Thomas, an announcement about a replacement anchor is coming soon.