Seth Wayne leaving KVAL for sister station KOMO in Seattle

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EUGENE, Ore. - KVAL News morning viewers might remember Seth Wayne from his time on the show from 2002 to 2007 before he left for a job in Tucson, Ariz.

Wayne came back to KVAL News in March 2009 as chief meteorologist, forecasting the weather weekdays at 5, 6 and 11.

"I came back to Oregon three years ago, and I've said it would take an amazing opportunity for me to leave again," Wayne announced on KVAL News at 6 on Aug. 8.

"Well, today I'm announcing word of a promotion - a true dream job," Wayne said. "I'll still be with our parent company, Fisher Communications, still doing the weather, but this time I'm heading north to KOMO TV in Seattle.

"I'm heading back to the morning shift, where it all started for me a decade ago at this station."

Wayne said his last day on the air at KVAL will be Aug. 17. He invited viewers to tune in for his farewell newscasts.

Once he starts on the air in Seattle, viewers can follow his career via the KOMONews.com livefeed.

Wayne joins other former KVAL News staff in Seattle, including anchor/reporter Kelly Koopmans and former KVAL News director Jenny Kuglin, now general manager of the company's online division.

KVAL News helps launch careers

The KVAL News staff is notable for its blend of up-and-coming talent and seasoned veteran journalists with combined experience measured in decades, if not centuries.

Wayne is the latest KVAL News talent to make a dramatic move from Eugene to a much larger market in the past 5 years.

Joe Raineri and Meghan Kalkstein left Eugene to join the staff of KVAL's sister station in Portland, KATU News.

And former KVAL TV executive producer John Tierney is now executive producer of KATU.com in Portland, where longtime KVAL News 5 p.m. producer and South Eugene High School graduate Max Barr now works as a web producer. Both Tierney and Barr are graduates of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications.

Other KVAL News staff left the company but made the leap to larger markets.

Laura Rillos now reports for KPTV in Portland.

"Extreme Katie" Boer now works for KREM in Spokane, Wash.

Reporter Ellisa Harrington left KVAL for the Fox affiliate in Sacramento.

Natasha Chughtai, who anchored KVAL News on Fox, moved closer to home with an anchor job at KWWL NBC in Waterloo, Iowa.

And reporter/weather anchor Kim Quintero crossed the whole continent for a job at WYFF in Greenville, SC.