Newswoman Abby Ham is returning as WBIR, Channel 10, morning anchor with different priorities.
“Now I know what’s important to me in my life,” says Ham, who wants to be closer to her family when she returns to Knoxville and WBIR in June. “That doesn’t mean it’s right for everybody, but it’s right for me now.”
WBIR announced Wednesday that Ham was coming back to the station this summer. She will assume her old morning-anchor duties.
Ham left Knoxville for Cleveland, Ohio, where she was morning anchor for that market’s No. 2 station. After more than a year and half, Ham is coming back to Knoxville.
Ham confirms she was the one to approach WBIR about coming back, and that there is no ill will between her and her current employers.
Since she moved, Ham married. Although she did not meet her husband in Knoxville, most of their courtship was here. She even had her wedding in Knoxville, although she was already living in Cleveland at the time.
During Ham’s year-and-a-half stint at WBIR as morning anchor, she proved to be an incredible draw for the station. Local male bloggers, in particular, were among her dedicated followers.
Current WBIR morning anchor Michele Silva says Ham’s return is not knocking her out of a job.
“I’m not handling these hours very well,” says Silva of the morning anchor job, which requires her to be up before 4 a.m. most days. “I’ve tried. I’ve given it 100 percent, but my body is not cooperating.”
Silva left the morning anchor job once before to host the early afternoon talk show “Style.” After a few years, that show was canceled, and Silva was reassigned to the morning anchor job. Her last day as morning anchor will be in June.
The veteran newswoman has accepted a job in WBIR’s sales department. She says the work schedule was a factor in why she wanted the job.
“I’m at the point where I have to do something different,” Silva says. “They (WBIR management) knew I was interested in sales. I had expressed interest in sales.”
Silva’s reassignment comes at a time when former morning anchor Ham is set to return.
“It kind of fell into place,” Silva says.
Leaving the cameras will be an adjustment, and Silva says she’ll miss it.
“I’ll miss telling everyone ‘good morning,’ but I won’t missing getting up in the middle of the night,” she says.
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