Legendary news anchor Angela Hill has announced her retirement after nearly 40 years of broadcasts on WWL-TV.
She will anchor her last newscast next week but remain at Channel 4 to produce documentaries and other special projects, the station has announced.
WWLTV.com provides more about the life and career of Angela:
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism in 1972, Angela immersed herself in the field of television journalism and all its challenges. Assuming the roles of Anchor, Reporter, Producer and Assistant News Director at two small television stations in her native Texas, Angela quickly gained the kind of multi-faceted experience that was destined to propel her to the top as one of the industry's most trusted local news personalities.
Only months after joining WWL-TV as a consumer reporter, Angela's natural talent soon earned her a coveted chair behind the station's 6 and 10 p.m. anchor desk. Since then, she has remained a cornerstone of New Orleans television broadcasting. In addition to her anchor duties, Angela's career has also encompassed in-depth special reports and prime-time documentaries filed from the world capitals of London, Paris, and Rome as well as from such far-flung places as China, Beirut, and Africa.
During her extraordinary career, Angela has garnered numerous local and national industry awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow award. She has been inducted into the New Orleans Broadcasting Hall of Fame, while the New Orleans Press Club has honored her with its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. A brass plate in front of the Hilton Hotel lists Angela's name, along with other prominent local civic leaders, as a distinguished member of the city's "Walk of Fame." Other national honors include the prestigious Gabriel Award, the Gracie Award, and a Freedom Foundation Award.
For seven successful years, Angela hosted the popular and critically-acclaimed "Angela Show," which ran weekday afternoons on WWL-TV. She created and hosted the daily talk show that highlighted local and national issues while also showcasing local and national talent in entertainment, business and academics.
Yet Angela's contributions to her community also extend way beyond the television cameras. Her profound love of animals and people alike has inspired her to give countless hours to diverse organizations ranging from the LASPCA to the United Way. Angela was named the first-ever "Animal Ambassador" by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine for her tireless work promoting the issues of animal welfare. For years, she has led the diabetes' "Walk for the Cure," and has also chaired dozens of fundraisers. While year after year, she proudly wears her "fashion bargains" on the anchor desk as part of her beloved "Goodwill Week" to support Goodwill Industries.
Today, along with co-anchoring both the "At Five" and "At Six" editions of Eyewitness News, Angela enjoys focusing her considerable journalistic skills on both people-oriented features like her "For the Record...with Angela" series as well as her "Animal Patrol" special reports on local animals, animal organizations and animal lovers and supporters.