Jackson did not respond to interview requests Wednesday and Thursday, which only added to speculation about his reasons for leaving.
One line of industry speculation has him headed to a TV job in Washington. One logical place there would WJLA-TV, which was bought this year by Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcasting. By hiring Jackson, Sinclair could both weaken a competitor in Baltimore and acquire a polished anchor for its new Washington property.
Viewers reacted to news of Jackson's departure Wednesday on the Baltimore Sun Facebook page when Jackson's departure was first reported here at 1:15 p.m.
"Nooooooo!" Heddy Cassutto Haden wrote. "First Adam May, and now Kai? Good grief! I wish him the best. I have seen the first flecks of grey in his hair over the last 20 years. I remember when he was a rookie."