The Brian Hamman era as KODE anchor ended after three and a half years Friday night.
During the final moments of the 10 p.m. newscast, Hamman told the audience that he had learned about "life, family, and what is really important" during his time in the four states.
Hamman and his wife plan to return to their native Florida, where Hamman says he will not be working in television. "My wife and I decided it's time to put our family ahead of our career."
Hamman said he is "leaving here a much better news anchor and a much better person," because of the people he has met in the Joplin area.
"It was a great experience."
His replacement, Brian Dorman, formerly of Topeka, takes over tonight.