The next time you see Byron Harlan, he could be sitting across a table from you, discussing annuities, dividends and mutual funds. After 30 years in the broadcast news business -- including the last 13 at WFLD-Channel 32 -- he's launching a new career as a financial adviser.
Harlan, 50, signed off Sunday as weekend news anchor at the Fox-owned station -- the latest casualty in a purge of familiar faces there, including Nancy Loo, Lauren Cohn and Jack Conaty (as well as about two dozen technicians and other off-air employees to be laid off by July). Harlan's longtime anchor partner, Nancy Pender, is expected to work solo on weekends for the time being.
While his departure may have surprised viewers, it was a move Harlan has been anticipating for four years. That's how long he's been preparing for his entry into the financial services business.