Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Roanoker hired by television station in New York
The former WDBJ-TV news director will be executive producer for the market's No. 1 station.
You could say that Amy Morris landed on her feet.
Less than a month after being let go as news director at WDBJ-TV (Channel 7), Morris has found a job at another Channel 7 -- except this one is in New York City.
Morris will be executive producer at WABC-TV, the No. 1 station in the No. 1 market in the United States.
"This is exciting for me and quite an honor," Morris said. "But I will miss everybody in Roanoke. I'll look back fondly on what we did here. We did some great journalism."
Morris, 42, is a Roanoke native who returned to her hometown as WDBJ's news director in 2007 after working in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Norfolk. No reason was giving for her dismissal as news director, which followed a weak ratings book for Channel 7's 6 p.m. newscast.
"I feel I wasn't done yet" at WDBJ, Morris said. "I have friends and family here, and I am proud of the work we did here. I will always look back on my time at WDBJ with fond memories and respect."
At WABC, Morris will work with reporters in developing and reporting stories. WABC has about 25 reporters on staff, in addition to about 20 anchors, weather forecasters, sportscasters and other news employees.
The station is sending its own team to cover the royal wedding this week in London.
The station also covered the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti.
"This station does things big," said Morris, who starts at WABC in early May.