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Posted: 9:43 a.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013

Is Cynne Simpson coming back to Atlanta? 

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Cynne Simpson is rumored to be coming back to Atlanta after more than five years away.

By Rodney Ho

With Amanda Davis' retirement last month, Fox 5 (WAGA-TV) has an anchor opening.

DCRTV said the station may pick up former CBS Atlanta (WGCL-TV) anchor Cynné Simpson.

Simpson was a popular anchor at CBS Atlanta from 2004 to 2007. She then moved to the ABC affiliate WJLA-TV, where she first worked weekends before moving to morning and noon anchoring. If she does come to Fox 5, it's unclear what her anchor role will be.

A Fox spokeswoman declined to comment but didn't deny the rumor.

I also hear Lisa Rayam is the likely permanent replacement anchor for Davis at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays.

This is Simpson's bio on the ABC station:

Cynné Simpson is an Emmy Award and Edward R Murrow Award winning anchor for ABC 7/WJLA-TV. She’s covered worldwide news and entertainment stories from the historic wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London to the Red Carpet of the Oscars.

She was the first to interview Oprah Winfrey after it was announced the Oprah Winfrey Show was ending. Cynné has also done exclusive interviews with Michelle Obama at the White House, Diane Sawyer, Maya Angelou, Muhammad Ali and countless others.

In the past few months, Cynné hosted the ABC 7 prime time “Oscars Red Carpet Special with Arch and Cynne” for the third straight year. She was also Anderson Cooper’s co-host for his nationally syndicated talk show ANDERSON LIVE and co-anchored BET’s coverage of the Presidential Inauguration.

In 2011, Cynné co-hosted ABC 7's Tribute to Oprah Winfrey. She has also contributed reports to "Live with Regis and Kelly," "Extra!," and “Good Morning America.”

Prior to joining the team at WJLA, Cynne was an evening anchor at WGCL in Atlanta. She also worked at KCTV in Kansas City and WNDU in South Bend, Indiana. Cynné got her start in television working behind the scenes at ABC News Nightline where Ted Koppel personally selected her for a fellowship.

Cynné speaks Spanish fluently after studying abroad in Spain and Costa Rica. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University in, and in 2011, was honored by the University for her commitment to giving back.

The State Department sent Cynné to Barbados in 2009 to help facilitate better relations between Caribbean journalists and the United States. Cynne is also a spokesperson for ABC 7’s “Drive to Stay Alive” campaign.

Cynné’s community and professional achievements earned her the top spot on Ebony magazine’s list of Leaders for the Future and a Congressional Award for Community Service.

When Cynné isn't working, she's usually traveling to remote parts of the world. She loves adventure sports and is constantly looking for places to hang glide, rock climb, swim with sharks or try something new.

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