June 28, 2007
Jean West Ends 22 Year Career at WHAS11NEWS
Louisville -- WHAS11NEWS Anchor Jean West has announced her resignation from this top rated station for news and weather. In announcing her resignation today, Ms. West stated, "After much soul searching, I have decided to leave WHAS-TV. I have been presented with several exciting opportunities that include consulting and advisory work both inside and out of the Broadcast industry ."
Ms. West began at WHAS11NEWS in 1985. In her 22 year career, West was a major figure in bringing important medical news to the Louisville community. Among other firsts, West was the first medical reporter to interview the nations first hand transplant recipient, as well as the nations first artificial heart transplant recipient. Ms. West added, "For the past 22 years, I have had an intense love affair with all that is WHAS-TV and the Kentuckiana Community, including premiering three historic Newscasts on Channel 11 - the one hour Noon News, the 5:00pm and 5:30pm, and the 10pm Newscast on the CW Louisville, which has been a delight to be a part of, and remains the most authoritative option to watch WHAS11NEWS when you can't stay up to watch the 11pm. My passion and reverence for that won't change, and neither will the outstanding Journalists who have made WHAS11NEWS the unparalleled leader in the Broadcast industry."
"Jean has had a remarkable career at WHAS11," said Aaron Ramey, Executive News Director, at WHAS11NEWS. "She has always been a skilled news anchor and medical reporter. All of us at WHAS11NEWS wish Jean only the best."
When announcing her decision, West thanked WHAS11NEWS viewers, stating, "You have welcomed me into your homes for 22 years. I have always tried to greet you each evening with a smile and warmth. You have put your trust in me, and I thank you for that."
The WHAS11NEWS Station is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,100 employees and more than $1.6 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and Rhode Island. Belo owns 20 television stations, six of which are in the 15 largest U.S. broadcast markets. The Company also owns or operates seven cable news channels and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers are The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). The Company also publishes specialty publications targeting young adults, and the fast-growing Hispanic market, including Quick and Al D a in Dallas/Fort Worth, and El D and La Prensa in Riverside. Belo operates more than 30 Web sites associated with its operating companies. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Kirk Szesny, Director of Marketing and Creative Services at 502-582-7870.