Abby Kidder's career at WTAP officially came to an end Saturday night.
Yes, I know she made her last appearance on "Daybreak" and WTAP News at Noon Wednesday, March 3. And we gave her a sendoff complete with a nice cake.
But the following Saturday, I had the privilege to accept the award by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association honoring her as "Best Weathercaster".
When Abby joined us in 2006, being a meteorologist...or winning an award for it...was probably the farthest thing from her mind. Her eyes were set on being a reporter...which she also did very well.
But her attention turned increasingly to weather...enough so, that she began taking meteorology courses...and that led to her being hired in South Bend, Indiana.
By the way, that award was the first time the WVBA honored WTAP...joining our large number of awards from the Associated Press in recent years.
The other former anchor I'd like to acknowledge is Jennifer Baligush...now Jennifer Baligush Levkulish.
You may remember her for being a co-anchor...along with Mike McNamara...on WTAP News at 6 and 11 in the late 1990's. She also won an AP award during her time for her series "Nobody's Home" (for which I suggested the title). In the past decade, she's been an anchor and reporter for the NBC station in Youngstown, Ohio.
She's also had a bigger honor...motherhood.
Lily Levkulich was born last Monday, March first (Jennifer, I understand, also has a son). And she is, according to Jennifer, "ridiculously cute".
To quote from a mutual former co-worker of ours..."nicely done, Jen-Jen".