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Steph is leaving.

by Stephanie Stricklen

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 7:17 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:42 PM


Spend, ohhh, I dunno.. maybe 40 or so days in China. Add an 18 hour travel day.. a dash of morning arrival in PDX.. and one ugly transition back to my early morning shift and poof: you've got a recipe for tired. Not just any tired, but the kind of tired that actually makes it a little uncomfortable to fall asleep (does that make any sense, or is it just me?).

It's day two of my 'normal' routine which, by the way, is about to change come Monday.

I'm leaving mornings.

Here's the full breakdown: starting sometime in November I'm anchoring a new 7pm show on KGW. Yup. Goodbye early morning shift. Goodbye 4:30am newscast. Goodbye split sleep schedule. Hello normalcy.

I'm a little bummed (okay, a lot bummed) about leaving the people I work with on this shift. I won't see a few of them at all, save for occasional weekend get togethers and that sort of thing. We have a great time in the mornings and I will miss the producers who work on this shift and Tamara on the desk! We're a little newsroom posse from 5 to 7am and I enjoy it immensely. And Russ is a wonderful co-anchor at 4:30 and someone I count as a good friend. I'll miss that.

But, I'm also thrilled about this new show. It is not a traditional newscast, but it should offer something for almost everyone. I know, I know.. I'm short on details, but my boss will kill me if I spill the beans before it airs.

The producer for it is Aaron W., a man I have tremendous respect for. He is flat out one of the most intelligent people I have ever met, and (on an aside) he puts my moderate techie skills to shame. I joke that I'm a proud geek at heart.. I follow Gizmodo and Engadget, I HAD to have an iPhone, I spent way too much time reading about proton accelerators/colliders/micro-black holes this morning.. you get the idea. And Aaron likes that stuff, too. We'll make a great team.

So, come Monday I'm back to a day shift. I'll work on some special reports, make regular appearances in the 5pm newscast, and continue the work on the new 7pm show, which, again, kicks off in November.

In the meantime, have you checked out the political newscast that KGW is currently running at 7pm weekdays? You'd probably expect me to sing KGW's praises, but I mean it when I say the station deserves kudos for giving this election, and all the issues, the coverage they deserve.

Mmmmm. It's 6:17 this morning and City Bean doesn't open for another 40 minutes. I'm dying for a latte, and not that decaf business I usually get, either. Leaded all the way for me today!

Here are two of the most awesome traveling partners ever: Ciara and Siobhan.

We went huge in Beijing and I had a blast vacationing with them.

TTYS, Steph!