11 Alive decided to stay in house and hired veteran reporter Jerry Carnes as the station's newest Commuter Dude, temporarily replacing John Gerard.
Gerard, who was Commuter Dude for four years, is now doing marketing for sister station WATL-TV.
The station is still in the midst of a nationwide search for a permanent replacement, said general manager John Deushane.
Carnes this morning posted this on his Facebook page:
I'm moving into an exciting new phase of my career. 11Alive has asked me to serve as Commuter Dude for at least through the end of the year. I will be working early mornings working to fix commuter problems-- potholes, missing traffic signs, awkward intersections, and the like. I'll be holding public officials accountable when these issues linger. I'm nervous and enthusiastic and eager to get started. Follow me on twitter @commuterdude. 11Alive is going to set up a Commuter Dude Facebook page soon. Send your thoughts and frustrations my way and pray for me as I embark on this new adventure.
An Atlanta native and UGA grad, Carnes has been at 11 Alive since 1988, an impressive 25-year run to date.
On his 11 Alive bio, he explains why he loves what he does:
Television reporting allows me to see and experience something new everyday, and brings me in contact with people I otherwise might not ever meet. It also provides me with a venue for telling stories, another passion of mine. My favorite stories are those about people who have overcome challenges, people who have faced the downside of life, and have emerged stronger than they were before.