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WRDW Remembers Longtime Anchor Tom Campbell

Longtime WRDW anchor Tom Campbell passed away on Wednesday, after a years-long battle with cancer.

The Augusta CBS-affiliate ran a tribute to Campbell during its newscasts on Wednesday (video above).

Longtime WRDW Anchor Tom Campbell Dies Following Battle with Cancer

Longtime WRDW anchor Tom Campbell, who has been battling cancer for over a year, died Wednesday morning.

Campbell had a 44-year career in journalism, joining Augusta CBS-affiliate WRDW in 1995. He retired last December as he continued to undergo rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to fight tumors near his bile duct.

“Tom will be missed by all of us who were lucky enough to work side by side with him,” veteran WRDW anchor Richard Rogers wrote on his Facebook page today.

In September, Rogers sat down with Campbell and discussed his battle with cancer. Read more

WJBF Launches Weekend Morning Newscast

Augusta ABC-affiliate WJBF debuted a weekend morning newscast on Saturday.

The newscast will be anchored by Archith Seshadri, WJBF’s Columbia County reporter. He will be joined by meteorologist Jason Nappi.

“I’m excited. It’s really fun to start something new,” Seshadri said on Friday. “This is something that we haven’t done.”

The newscast, which airs Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m., is the first local weekend morning news program in the Augusta market.

DUI Charge Against WRDW’s Chad Mills Dismissed

The DUI charge against WRDW multimedia journalist Chad Mills has been dismissed, according to the station.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s department told WRDW that the arresting deputy made a mistake in charging Mills with DUI. The charges against the multimedia journalist, who was arrested early Sunday morning, have been reduced to a minor traffic violation of “driving left of center and failing to maintain a lane.”

In addition to reporting the news of Mills’ arrest over the weekend, the Augusta CBS-affiliate has reported on the dismissal of the DUI charge. Read more

WRDW Reports on Arrest of MMJ Chad Mills

Chad Mills, a multimedia journalist at WRDW in Augusta, was arrested early Sunday morning after he was spotted driving erratically.

The CBS-affiliate reported the news on Sunday evening’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, as well as in a brief statement on the station’s website.

Mills was arrested under suspicion of DUI, but a breathalyzer showed a blood-alcohol level of .02. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.

“As difficult as it is for us to investigate one of our own, we at News 12 hold ourselves to the same standards as the rest of the public,” the statement reads. “Just like any other story we follow, we will keep you updated on this one.”

WRDW Celebrates Retirement Of Beloved Crew Member ‘Mr. Moody’

Charles Moody, a beloved member of the crew at WRDW, retired this week after more than 50 years at the station. The Augusta CBS-affiliate sent him off with a tribute video of all his best moments — both in front of and behind the camera (watch above).

Continuing His Battle with Cancer, Anchor Tom Campbell Retires from WRDW

Veteran anchor Tom Campbell is retiring from WRDW as he continues to battle cancer.

Campbell joined the Augusta CBS-affiliate in December 1995 and most recently worked as a daytime anchor at the station. He has been on leave for the past several months, undergoing rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to fight tumors near his bile duct.

This week WRDW bid farewell to Campbell, honoring his legacy at the station and in the community (video above).

Video: Weathercaster Receives Awkward On-Air Proposal During WJBF Newscast

Jenna Lee Thomas‘s weather forecast was interrupted Sunday night by a man in a tuxedo. Thomas’s boyfriend Eric surprised her during WJBF‘s evening newscast and slowly got down on one knee (video above).

The station re-aired the surprise on-air proposal during its daytime newscasts on Monday. Eric apparently contacted WJBF anchor Jillian Benfield two weeks ago to begin planning the surprise. [h/t NewsBlues]

Battling Cancer, Anchor Tom Campbell Returns to WRDW and Sits Down for an Interview

Anchor Tom Campbell has been on leave from WRDW as he battles cancer but he recently returned to the newsroom and sat down for an interview with fellow anchor Richard Rogers.

“Many of you have been asking about Tom since he disappeared from the airwaves a few months ago,” Rogers told viewers this week. “And while you miss him here [on TV], we miss having him here, in the newsroom.”

Campbell has been undergoing rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to fight tumors near his bile duct.

“I just feel energized and happy and thankful every time I come here,” Campbell told Rogers, fighting back tears. “This place has been a big part of my life for 16 years.”

Video inside… Read more

Matt Monroe: ‘I Planned On Spending the Next 25 Years At WJBF As Your Weatherman’

Friday was WJBF meteorologist Matt Monroe‘s last day, and in his emotional farewell segment (above), the veteran weathercaster calls himself a “very lucky man.”

“I’ve been here for 14 years,” Monroe said. “It’s been one heck of a run. It was a dream job for me.”

Yesterday, Monroe took to Facebook — as is becoming increasingly common from the ranks of reporters and anchors who see their contracts go un-renewed — to discuss his departure. Monroe writes that with the purchase of a home in Augusta three years ago, he stopped looking for jobs in bigger markets. “I was here for good,” he writes. “I planned on spending the next 25 years at WJBF as your weatherman.” The ABC affiliate, though, apparently saw it differently: Read more

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