Emily Florez, former KUTV reporter, returns to Utah as anchor at KTVX, starting Monday

(Photo courtesy KTVX) Emily Florez, a Utah native and formerly a reporter at KUTV, will start work Monday, Jan. 7, as anchor at rival KTVX, Ch. 4.

A former Utah TV reporter has returned home, to take over a spot on the anchor desk at KTVX, Ch. 4.

Emily Florez, who worked as a reporter at KUTV, Ch. 2, before leaving for Chicago in 2012, will start at KTVX on Monday, co-anchoring ABC4′s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, KTVX announced Friday.

Florez takes the spot held for seven years by Kim Fischer, who left the ABC affiliate in November for a job with a Utah educational technology company.

Florez recently left a job as reporter at WMAQ in Chicago, taking maternity leave in February and then announcing she and her family were moving back to Utah. She and her husband have two children.

At KUTV, Florez covered the trial of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, and the disappearance fo Susan Powell. Before KUTV, Florez’ first job was at a station in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She’s a Utah native and a graduate fo Brigham Young University, and while at BYU she worked as an intern at KTVX.