After the past few years of relentless health issues, I made the decision that it’s probably not best for me to be waking up in the 3 a.m. hour five days a week. It’s pretty tough; but even more so when you’re not feeling well. While it was a a very hard decision, I feel like it was the right one. It’ll be better for my health and lead to a better quality of life for myself and my family. An added bonus: I’m so excited to be able to stay up past 9 PM guilt-free!
However, it’s never easy to say goodbye. When you work on such tight deadlines in an industry that never has a dull moment, you form bonds with the people you work with in such a way they become more like family. And that is what I will miss the most.
News can be hard. It can be depressing. And it’s nearly impossible to keep a charge on your phone, because we get about three emails a minute. But when we have fun, we have FUN … and that’s how I’d like to remember these last few years working with WCPO-TV:
Let me just start by saying I loved working at ‘the castle’. Well, we didn’t really work IN the castle, there is one right at the base of our studio and I never got tired of taking photos of it all illuminated when I drove up to work in the early early mornings.And I loved all the photos including the castle.Then there were all the fun events.Like Lumenocity with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a light show ON Music Hall.
Flying high above in Chopper 9 to cover ‘Light up Cincinnati’.Watching thousands of ducks pour into the Ohio River for the Rubber Duck Regatta.
Front row seats to the Reds Opening Day parade.Speaking of the Reds, there was that one time where I literally took 75 photos of the stadium in one night; just to get a shot of lightning to send into the newsroom. It still didn’t turn out great but I was determined.
The great people & friends I’ve met along the wayInterviewing Livvy Stubenrauch who played the voice of ‘young Anna’ in Disney’s Frozen.And the handsome Lachey brothers when they opened their new bar in OTR.The opportunity to host a Instagram/Blogger meet up, which was SUPER fun!And continue to work with one of my favorites, John Matarese, our consumer reporter.This was after we all spent the night in a hotel and had to be in the studio in the middle of the night for snow coverage.
Somehow, we always seemed to take group photos around food. That’s one thing that never changed.
Covering Good Morning America when they came to Cincinnati for their 40th anniversary.Giving back by showing little boy scouts and school children how TV works, but on the broadcast side and digital.
And the WCPO group, which is an extraordinary one.
Then there were the more serious moments. Oh, and that one time I wore the sweater I made for the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. That made it on air on more than one occasion.
I also flung pieces of apple all over the studio one day.And lastly, I can now say I’ve successfully consumed WAY to many doughnuts and drank gallons and gallons of coffee all before 7 a.m.
While I’m saying goodbye for now, it’s not to say it’ll be forever.
But I did want to take some time to reflect on are all the wonderful relationships I’ve built with some of the most talented people in the industry, the fun times we’ve had and the exciting events I was fortunate enough to say I was a part of. Thank you to everyone who have made the past two years of my career so special.