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WCAX's Parsons to sign off as anchor

BURLINGTON - Longtime news director Marselis "Div" Parsons will step away from the anchor desk for the final time Oct. 15.

After 43 years of telling stories and reporting the news, Parsons will retire, ending four decades at WCAX-TV. WCAX which is family-owned and operated, is credited with coining the phrase "Vermont's own," and is widely known as Vermont's broadcast news leader.

"It's been an honor to be allowed into so many homes every evening," said Parsons, who is concluding 25 years as the 6 pm anchor. As part of his job as news anchor, Parsons' outreach to the public and the Vermont's leaders has been continuous and extensive.

Parsons will still be part of the news team, occasionally contributing stories as a field reporter. Veteran reporter Darren Perron will take over Parsons' duties in the anchor chair. Perron will co-anchor the 6, 10 and 11 p.m. news.

With the veteran's departure, some older viewers of WCAX-who grew up with Parsons at the news helm-may drift away to competitor news channels.

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