West Virginia Anchor Heads to Nashville


After nearly a decade behind the anchor desk, Jessica Ralston is leaving WSAZ, an NBC affiliate for the Huntington-Charleston market.

"I wanted to go to a place that was inviting and had friendly people just like Charleston. I kept going back to Nashville. The people there are hospitable, and the people at WTVF Nashville are really invested in their station. I knew it would be a perfect fit so I accepted the job," Ralston told the Charleston Daily Mail. 

She will be the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor for WTVF Nashville. She is moving into a much larger market and will have the opportunity to host programs on WTVF's sister network, News Channel 5 Plus.

After Ralston accepted the Nashville job, she contacted her general manager who sent out a mass email noting her departure.

WSAZ General Manager Matt Jaquint said he is going to miss her.

"She's been here nearly 10 years and she's been great for Charleston, great for the Kanawha Valley and great for WSAZ," Jaquint said. "We want all our employees to get out in the community and get to know some of our viewers. Jessica is a great example because of her involvement and her commitment to serve the community."

Jaquint said a search is currently ongoing and he hopes to find Ralston's replacement soon. 

Ralston was featured in FTVLive's Talent Spotlight and tells us that it really helped her in landing a new gig.