Kathryn Humphreys leaving CityNews after 18 years

Longtime CityNews sports anchor and reporter Kathryn Humphreys is leaving the network after 18 years to spend time with her two children.

Humphreys and her husband Johnny Fay, who is the drummer for The Tragically Hip, welcomed sons Finley and Will on May 16, 2014.

“When you look it’s obvious I can’t come back,” Humphreys said on Breakfast Television (BT) on Wednesday as she pointed to her two children. “They totally stole my heart.”

“Life is so short, you gotta live. I don’t want to miss anything, so I am going to take care of the boys.”

After a six-year struggle with infertility, Humphreys said motherhood has “changed everything” for her.

“While I was on mat leave, my beautiful mum who was the best, she passed away from ovarian cancer … it had a pretty profound affect on me because she was a stay-at-home mom. I want to honour her by being the best stay-at-home mom I could be,” Humphreys said.

Humphreys, who was born and raised in Oshawa, graduated from the University of Toronto. She began her broadcasting career as an intern in the sports department at local news stations in Toronto and Boston. She then worked at a local radio station in Bracebridge.

She joined Citytv in 1997 working on CityNews Weekend before moving over to CityNews Tonight.

“When the news came out, it was bittersweet. I am so happy for you, and you’re blessed with these angels, but at the same time selfishly, we all at home love you so much,” BT co-anchor Dina Pugliese said on Wednesday.

Pugliese said Humphreys has humour, talent and grace, and is a “down-to-earth gem,” adding that she is going to be missed.

Watch Humphreys say goodbye to City and its viewers at CityNews at Six.

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