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Morning co-anchor Teal Jennings engaged, leaving KWWL

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Teal Jennings and her fiance, Navy Lt. Chris Yost Teal Jennings and her fiance, Navy Lt. Chris Yost

Teal Jennings, co-anchor of KWWL Today in Iowa and anchor of the KWWL News at Noon, will be leaving the station to marry her high school sweetheart.

While other anchors and reporters depart for stations in different markets, Jennings is leaving for another reason: Love.

The Mason City native is engaged to be married to her high school sweetheart, Lieutenant Chris Yost, who is serving in the Navy as a helicopter pilot in San Diego.

"Life happens," joked Jennings. "I had thought my career would dictate where my husband and I would end up, but that's not always the case when you marry into the military. We had planned to get married in 2016, but we knew he was likely going to be deployed overseas, so our plans were made for us."

"We're obviously going to miss Teal," said Jim McKernan, VP and General Manager at KWWL. "She's an Iowa native, well-liked in the community and here at work. We hate to see her leave, but couldn't be happier for her."

"I'm going to miss being here," added Jennings. "I'm close to home, and love the people I work with."

Jennings and Yost dated while in high school, keeping in contact over the years afterward. Their relationship deepened this past year.

The ceremony will be in August in Mason City. After that, it's off to California.

Jennings has spent five years on eastern Iowa airwaves, and has been with KWWL since April of 2014. Her last day is Friday, May 29.

A search for her replacement has begun. KWWL anchor/reporter Ally Crutcher will be filling in until a replacement is found.

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