In the three weeks since taking over the evening anchor desk, I've had several people greet, email and tweet me saying “welcome back.”
It's a nice gesture and I appreciate people recognize I'm from the area, but I also find it very odd. I always reply with a “thank you” and smile, but what I really want to say is, “I never left,” because I didn't.
For whatever reason, I find the comment little bit offensive. Being exactly like the viewer, like you, is what I pride myself on the most.Even in the four years I was in college, I was home every weekend (literally) serving tables at The Blennerhassett Hotel. All of my winter, spring and summer breaks were spent in the valley. Aside from all of this, I've been at the station for going on 9 month now! While my job was mostly behind the scenes, I was on Daybreak every morning. It's weird to think people are just now seeing me.
Having said that, please don't stop greeting me! I love meeting the community and hearing from viewers. I just want the Mid-Ohio Valley to realize that I'm not just coming back. I've been here. I'm one of you.