Veteran Denver anchor Ernie Bjorkman returning to KWGN, Channel 2 News

DENVER -- Colorado's Own Channel 2 KWGN announced that veteran broadcaster Ernie Bjorkman will return to Channel 2 News on March 27, and move into the "Daybreak" anchor chair when Tom Green leaves at the end of May.

“When KWGN contacted me about coming back, I was ecstatic” said Bjorkman. “Returning to the anchor desk at Channel 2 is a dream come true for me.”

Bjorkman was the main anchor at Channel 2 News for 10 years. During that time, he won an Emmy Award and an Associated Press award for his reporting.

When he stepped away from the anchor desk in 2008, he became a certified veterinary technician and worked at several Colorado animal clinics.

In 2013, Bjorkman joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Ethiopia. Upon returning, he moved into a houseboat in St. Augustine, Fla.

“Ernie is a big part of Channel 2’s history and the news business in Denver” said KWGN vice president and general manager Joan Barrett. “We are thrilled to have his knowledge and experience back in our newsroom.”

Bjorkman will anchor with Natalie Tysdal, Chris Tomer, Sam Boik and Chris Parente on "Daybreak" weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.

“Ernie and I have been friends since I first began anchoring at Channel 2 News” Tysdal said. “We’re going to make a great team in the mornings.”

“Replacing an anchor who has been on a newscast for 15 years is no easy task” said Holly Gauntt, vice president of news at KWGN. “When it was all said and done, it was obvious that there was one person who should sit in the Daybreak anchor chair, Ernie Bjorkman!”

“It’s been a long journey but now I’m back where I belong, working with people I know, and doing what I love” said Bjorkman.