WATERLOO, Iowa — KWWL-TV announced Tuesday that evening anchor Tara Thomas will be stepping down this summer to take a job at Waterloo Community Schools.

Thomas and co-anchor Ron Steele announced it to their viewers Tuesday night.

Thomas said she has accepted a position with the Waterloo School District. She reportedly will take Sharon Miller’s position as director of community and school relations, after Miller retires.

Thomas has been with the station for more than 10 years.

Thomas grew up in Peoria, Ill., and began her TV career at KIMT in Mason City after graduating from Boston University in 1995. She went to KIMA in Yakima, Was., a year later as an anchor/producer, soon transitioning to evening anchor where she stayed for seven years.

In 2002, she came to KWWL as a weekend morning anchor/reporter and transitioned to morning and noon anchor for five years. In 2007, Thomas was promoted to main co-anchor with Ron Steele.

Since 2008, Thomas has written a mommy blog called “Baby Steps," which will end when Thomas leaves the station.

Thomas was a Courier Cedar Valley Business Monthly 20 under 40 recipient in 2010.

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