Onetime Charleston TV reporter Amy Robach leaves NBC’s “Today” for ABC

Newly hired ABC correspondent Amy Robach spent four years at a reporter and weekend anhor at NBC affiliate WCBD-TV in Mount Pleasant. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Former Charleston broadcast journalist Amy Robach is leaving a high-profile job at NBC News to join rival ABC.

Her sudden departure was announced on Saturday morning’s “Today” show, but her next job was not discussed.

ABC said today Robach will be a news correspondent based in New York City. She had been the co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today” since 2007.

She has been with NBC for much of her career. Robach was fresh out of the University of Georgia whet took a job paying $22,000 at the Peacock Network’s local affiliate, Mount Pleasant-based WCBD-TV. She was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at Channel 2 from 1995 to 1999.

“Charleston really was the place where I learned how to get things done and how to get done what I do today,” Robach said in a 2004 interview with The Post and Courier.

She hit the national scene in 2003, when she became a morning anchor at cable station MSNBC. That same year, she started reading the news for the “Today” show.

In a staff memo posted online, ABC News president Ben Sherwood called Robach a “tenacious and skilled reporter” who has covered stories including Hurricane Katrina and the death of former President Ronald Reagan.