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Lansing Evening Anchor Shift at WLNS

“It’s not goodbye,” Thompson said on-air, “It’s just see you later.”

Dec. 17 was the final sign-off to familiar television face Lauren Thompson, longtime anchor for WLNS-TV 6 News. Thompson was at WLNS for nearly 20 years in various on-air roles — most recently, evening anchor alongside Sheri Jones. In her on-air send off, co-workers described her as an eagle-eyed copy editor, strongly committed to causes and the community and a trusted source for news.

“It’s not goodbye,” Thompson said on-air, “It’s just see you later.”

So how will the evening news look now on WLNS?

Jones becomes the main anchor of 6 News at 5 p.m., according to WLNS. Jones, who has been with the station for more than 30 years, currently anchors the 6p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts. A fan favorite, Jones remains a pillar of the mid-Michigan community. You can read more about her in a previous issue of 517 Magazine here.

In more recent developments, Chivon Kloepfer will rejoin the newsroom on a full-time basis. She’ll continue to anchor 6 News at 5:30 p.m.

“I’m proud to announce that she’ll also join Sheri as the co-anchor of 6 News at 6 and 6 News at 11,” said Marci Daniels, vice president and general manager of WLNS. “This is a well-deserved move for Chivon, who started as the morning show reporter 11 years ago, then served as the morning anchor before helping launch 6 News at 5:30.”

In addition to her duties on the desk, Kloepfer will also serve as the primary anchor of “Capital Rundown.” She’ll also continue with the “Mondays for Moms” franchise, and she’ll continue to do occasional stories and special reports — typically for news series and specials.

Read more about Kloepfer in our upcoming combine January/February issue of 517 Magazine, coming to mailboxes next week. The issue will also be available online at


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