WSAZ *Charleston, WV) has named their new anchor to replace Jessica Ralston, who left for a new anchor gig at WTVF in Nashville.
And the station did not go far to find their replacement.
Amanda Barren who rejoined the WSAZ News Team in December 2012 to co-anchor First at Five with Bill Murray. She will remain in that capacity until a replacement is found but will also anchor the 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
"It's a lot but I'm looking forward to it," Barren said. "I love to write and I love people so this job is perfect for me."
After graduating from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Barren took a job at WTAP in Parkersburg. She then moved to Erie, Pa., where she covered the crime and courts beat before becoming the anchor of "Good Morning Erie" for two years.
When the opportunity arose to work at WSAZ, Barren jumped at the chance to make the move to Charleston in 2006.
And I think FTVLive speaks for everyone out there when we say "who wouldn't jump at the chance to move to West Virginia?!"
OK maybe I don't speak for everyone....