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Anchors Away: Tara Mergener Follows Inner Voice from Washington to Waco

Tara Mergener
Tara Mergener

A nagging voice within Tara Mergener told her it was time to move on from the excitement of Washington, D.C., where she had reported for 10 years, to a new challenge across the country — anchoring the 10 p.m. news at KWTX in Waco, Texas.

It had happened before. When she had been living in New Hampshire, reporting in Portland and Boston, Mergener and her husband decided to pack up and move to the nation’s capital — with no jobs, no plan and a new baby. Two weeks later, though, she was freelancing everywhere she could, first at Hearst’s Washington bureau, then WBAL, CNN and CBS News. “I loved every minute of it,” Mergener says. “I was never bored in ten years, not for one minute.”

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Anchors Away: A Changing Forecast for WGME’s Craig Miller

Craig Miller
Craig Miller

Having wrapped up eight years at WGME, meteorologist Craig Miller is forecasting bright days ahead amid a new challenge in real estate. After a stint at WPXT Fox 51 in the mid-1990s, Miller worked for Citigroup as Vice President of Customer Service.

He then returned to weather, starting at WGME the weekend “after the Patriots Day Nor’easter” in April 2007. “You can always pick out a meteorologist,” says Miller. “We tend to remember things in relation to major weather events.”

 

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Anchors Away: Kate Welshofer on How a News Anchor Feeds Her Creative Side

Kate Welshofer
Kate Welshofer

Does Kate Welshofer have a story for you. Between her nightly newscasts airing across Upstate New York on Time Warner Cable’s network of 24-hour local news stations, and the videos and posts on her social media platforms, Welshofer is seemingly everywhere.

In this latest installment of Anchors Away, Cookopoly’s continuing series looking at television journalists finding new markets for their unique skills, we catch up with the Albany-based Welshofer, whose blog, No Teleprompter, No Mercy, gave rise to a YouTube channel with thrice-weekly videos that include the must-see hit, “How a Local News Anchor Makes a Phone Call,” and weekly installments featuring her cat, Brian Williams.

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Anchors Away: Shannon Moss on Reinvention and Gratitude

Shannon Moss
Shannon Moss

In this installment of Anchors Away, our continuing series looking at television journalists who are finding a new market for their unique skills, we catch up with Shannon Moss — memorable to some for the naturally curly hair she sported during her career as a news anchor at WCSH and then WMTW in Portland, Maine, and to others for the engaging way she continues to connect with people.

After leaving WMTW in 2013, Moss funded and produced the interview program Split Screen with Shannon Moss, which aired on WPXT and WPME, and recently launched a new venture, Code Gratitude.

 

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Anchors Away: CCTV Anchor Rachael Ruble on Working in China and Finding the Comforts of Home

Rachael Ruble
Rachael Ruble
In this installment of Anchors Away, our continuing series looking at television journalists who are finding a new market for their unique skills, or putting them to use in a brand new way, we catch up with Rachael Ruble, a news anchor whose career took her from coast to coast before launching her overseas to a new adventure — in China.

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Anchors Away: WCSH’s Jackie Ward Answers 6 Questions

Jackie Ward
Jackie Ward

Anchors Away is our continuing series looking at television journalists who are finding a new market for their unique skills, or putting them to use in a brand new way. In this inaugural installment, we check in with Jackie Ward, an anchor at WCSH in Portland, Maine.

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Pushing Pause: On Going When Ready

Grandpa and Grandma Munson
Dale and Mable Munson in an undated photo.

My grandmother, Mable Munson, died June 9, 2015, at the age of 95. An oversight at the cemetery struck me as rather consistent with how Gram had lived.

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It hadn’t occurred to many of us at the cemetery that there was no pile of fresh dirt, nor any preserved squares of sod, anywhere near Gram’s casket.

The absence we felt was mostly that of my grandmother. She had, at 95, been omnipresent. Through marriages, deaths, divorces, births, remarriages, she — and her faith — had been steadfast. She had always been there with her sage sayings and quiet humor. Continue reading