Local residents were saddened to hear the news of Angela Hill's retirement from daily broadcasting at WWL-TV after nearly four decades behind the anchor desk.
She will anchor her last newscast next week but remain at Channel 4 to produce documentaries and other special projects, the station has announced.
WWL's Shana Rose spoke with Angela about her decision to leave full-time broadcasting at Channel 4.
"I keep saying to people, 'it's time.' And, I really do believe it's time," she said. "I'm not retiring from television, and I'm not retiring from life, I'm just retiring from doing the news, which is very, very structured...You're working deadlines. Actually, Tuesday of this week, was my 41st year in broadcasting. I've been here 38 years at the station, but 41 in broadcasting. And I thought to myself, it is time. I've loved it, I've done it, I'm thrilled with it...but there's more I can do. And that's really what propelled it. I want to do what I love to do, and that's what WWL is going to afford me in doing these 4 specials a year...So, it's like a new chapter."
Did she have a favorite moment or favorite time at WWL-TV?
"There were "too many favorite times" at Channel 4. Everything from the beginning of joining the news team, which was a tremendous news team, to starting the talk show in '89...and really even developing the Animal Patrol, things which are my hearts."
And, Shana asked Angela if she had a message for the viewers.
"The #1 reason I've stayed in this community is because of the community," she said. "And I truly in my heart believe that. Thank heaven for an operation like WWL Television, which standards high, and we just kept going. But if we didn't have the audience, if you didn't have people sort of cheering you on, or appreciating what you're doing, or encouraging you all along the way...I couldn't have stayed here. This is an extraordinary city."