WASHINGTON (FOX 5DC) – Legendary WTTG Chief Meteorologist Sue Palka is ending her weather duties, but will remain a key member of the FOX 5 DC News team!
Sue would like to share the news with you in her own words:
I would like to share a “life update” with you.
In a few weeks, I will be leaving my weather duties here at FOX 5 after 36.5 years.
It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but letting go has been harder than I anticipated.
To give you an idea of how long I’ve been in this business, when I started my meteorological career in Richmond in 1983, I drew the weather map (only one) with a magic marker on a plexiglass map of the States -United. When I was hired at FOX 5 in September 1985, we had recently moved from magnetic boards to computer graphics.
Maury Povich and James Adams anchored our only 10 p.m. newscast and Ronald Reagan was the president. I’ve been here so long I’ve seen Brood X Cicadas emerge three times!
It was quite a race.
WTTG took a chance in 1985 and hired me even though I had little experience and was expecting my first child. I had no idea how to handle motherhood on an all-night shift let alone clog up the weather charts with my growing pregnancy.
I mentioned to a colleague that I would probably quit when my newborn daughter started kindergarten.
This colleague asked me every 5 or 10 years if my “daughter had already started kindergarten!?” Well, I finally have an answer for my colleague.
My daughter’s daughter will start kindergarten in the fall. So I think it’s finally time to take a step back!
It’s time to spend more time with family.
I am SO grateful to our loyal FOX 5 viewers and our managers and employees here at the station who have always stood by me and allowed me to build a career and a life I never dreamed of in the nation’s capital. .
This at a time when few to no women in the country had the evening forecast position in local weather (and certainly not in any of the top ten markets).
I would be remiss if I did not express my deepest gratitude to my husband Joe who was the first to encourage me to pursue this career and who is now and has always been my greatest support.
Thanks to the Internet, information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In my heart, I will always love broadcast TV and FOX 5 the most. I am incredibly proud of our amazing weather and news team and I know you will continue to watch them!
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We know you don’t like us to “disappear”, so we’re warning you. My last day will be March 23, so I’m going to help you through the winter.
Although I am not with you every day, I am delighted to report that our Managing Director Patrick Paolini has asked me to continue to make regular appearances on some of our many live programs and do some reporting. This new phase of my career will start later this year, so we will continue to see each other.
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I am a baby boomer. I don’t know how to fully retire… so it’s a perfect arrangement!
Thank you, to YOU, our beloved viewers, and to everyone here at Fox 5 from the bottom of our hearts for 36 amazing years.
I look forward to continuing to share time with you in the months to come.