Amy Burkett, executive vice president and station manager for WLVT-TV PBS 39, has been named general manager of WTVI-TV in Charlotte, N.C., WLVT announced Thursday.

Burkett will also serve as the director of digital media studies at Central Piedmont Community College, which holds WTVI's license.

"I'm so honored for this opportunity to lead Charlotte PBS, but it isn't easy to leave the incredible people of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey," said Burkett.

Burkett joined WLVT in 1999 to create and host its weekly news magazine show, "Tempo," for which the station has received numerous awards.

"I have so enjoyed working with everyone here for more than 14 years. I'm grateful to viewers and donors who invited me into their living rooms, and I will truly miss hearing from them," Burkett said.

"Amy is truly the consummate professional and will be an incredible asset to the Charlotte community, just as she has been here in the Lehigh Valley," said Tim Fallon, PBS39 CEO. "We couldn't be happier, or more proud of her, and wish her continued success as she takes the reins as GM at WTVI."

Prior to joining WLVT, Burkett spent nine years working at CBS and NBC affiliates in Ohio and North Carolina. She came to Pennsylvania in 1995 to work at Medstar Television, a national syndicator of medical news.