Eight years is an eternity for a television news reporter to be at the same station. Dr. Kate Weidaw, the personable morning beat reporter at KXAN-TV, has obviously been doing good work. Now, she will teach a new generation of young journalists how it’s done.
Dr. Weidaw is leaving Austin this week for a new job in academe. She earned her PhD in Journalism from the University of Texas in May and has accepted a job as an assistant professor at the University of Georgia.
“The offer really was too good to pass up,” Dr. Weidaw said. “It will be extremely difficult to leave Austin and it took a lot of soul searching to leave my current job. I am hoping to do some freelance reporting for some of the Atlanta affiliates or even CNN. I’m not ready to leave the business and I think it’s important to stay in somehow to stay relevant as a professor.”
In addition to her PhD, Dr. Weidaw earned a double-bachelor’s degree in communication and elementary education from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Texas. She has been teaching broadcast journalism part time at St. Edwards University here.
Her last day at KXAN is August 1.
I hate to see a fellow Pittsburgher leave the market, but I know she will be a star in Athens, Georgia. How Bout Them Dawgs!!