After more than a decade of waking up New Jersey on TV, a longtime personality has departed the state's only TV morning news show. And for the first time since her departure, she's speaking out about it.

It felt like for several weeks fans were wondering what happened to News 12 New Jersey's Carissa Lawson. Many viewers started posting to social media wondering where she was this summer, as she appeared to be suddenly absent from the station's morning programming.

Of course, during the busy summer season, many viewers hoped it was just an extended use of vacation time for the veteran TV anchor who started at the station in February 2011.

For those hoping for her return, unfortunately, that won't be happening. Carissa shared a bit of an update on social media yesterday (Wednesday, September 6) to confirm that she did depart the TV station.

"Over the past three months I have been truly touched by the viewers who have reached out to me to tell me how much they miss me on the morning show," Lawson said in a message posted on Facebook.

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Lawson's LinkedIn profile indicates that she officially departed the TV station in June 2023. Since then she's been receiving messages of support from viewers and fans across the state, she says.

"I have been receiving messages almost every day. Honestly.. Some of you have moved me to tears with your kind words," Lawson wrote in the emotional Facebook post.

It's unclear what's next for Lawson, who is a graduate of NYU. Previous stops have included work in Wilmington, NC, Louisville, KY, and CBS News before arriving at News 12 New Jersey.

As a result, it sounds like she's enjoyed the time off this summer.

"I’ve had the most amazing summer spent with my daughter and I will never, ever regret that," she said. "In fact, I am grateful beyond anything I could ever fully explain."

We'll miss you on our TV screens, Carissa!

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