David Wade joins WBZ-TV (Channel 4) as anchor of the station's weekday newscasts at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and noon with co-anchor Paula Ebben.
Wade, who grew up in Somerville and graduated from Emerson College, worked at FOX25 where he anchored the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts and also worked as a general assignment reporter.
After 9 years there, Wade abruptly left FOX25 last July. His wife and fellow FOX25 reporter, Bianca de la Garza, also left the station and now freelances for WCVB-TV (Channel 5.)
Wade joins WBZ as it tries to climb out of a ratings slump.
In the mornings and noon newscasts, WBZ usually comes in last except at 5 a.m. where it ranked second place in total viewers (28,500 in July) and (33,300 in May) behind WCVB.
Wade's first day with WBZ is Nov. 12.