Barbara Ciara, who currently serves as an anchor for WTKR in Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Virginia, will be leaving the station on December 1st.
In 2000, she began her career at the CBS affiliate owned by E.W. Scripps, which is commonly referred to as News 3. For the past 43 years, she has been working in the Hampton Roads area, also known as the No. 44 market. She has previously worked at WVEC and WAVY, gaining a wealth of experience in the field.
Adam Chase, the Vice President and General Manager of WTKR, expressed his appreciation for Barbara Ciara’s remarkable leadership, presence, and legacy, stating that they will continue to impact their community dedication for years to come. He also mentioned that her panache, sharp wit, and contagious laugh will be greatly missed in their newsroom.
During the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Ciara was on the ground in Afghanistan reporting firsthand. She also covered Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Throughout her career, she has been fortunate enough to interview high-profile figures such as Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
During the years of 2007 to 2009, Ciara held the position of president at the National Association of Black Journalists. Additionally, she also served as the president of Unity Journalists of Color.
Ciara expressed gratitude for the unique career path she has had, having worked at three different network affiliates without having to relocate. She considers herself fortunate to have been able to maintain a strong connection to her community while also taking on challenging roles in her field.
After stepping down, Ciara has plans to travel. This information was first reported by TVSpy.
Beginning on Monday, December 4th, viewers can catch a familiar face alongside Kurt Williams during the WTKR afternoon news. Jessica Larche will be joining the team, providing her unique perspective and journalistic talents to deliver the latest in local and national news.
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