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Suzanne Geha Receives Standing Ovation at First Public Appearance Since Leaving WOOD

Suzanne Geha made her first public appearance this morning since departing WOOD last month after 30+ years with the Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate.

Geha received a standing ovation from the crowd as she took the stage to introduce her friend, and former rival, Anne Doyle at an event for the women’s professional organization Inforum.

No WOOD personnel appeared to be in attendance, according to The Grand Rapids Press, but there were a few staffers from WZZM, which ran a newspaper ad recently honoring Geha’s legacy. (WZZM’s coverage of Geha’s appearance above).

“This is not the end. There are many more chapters for Suzanne Geha,” Doyle told WZZM.

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Suzanne Geha’s Former Colleague: ‘It’s Time for Women to Power Up’

“It absolutely bothers me,” says former WZZM anchor Anne Doyle (near right) about WOOD‘s recent dismissal of Suzanne Geha (far right, circa 1975). “She was publicly humiliated by the station that she has been the face of and brand for several decades.”

Doyle, 62, told the The Grand Rapids Press recently that WOOD showed a total lack of respect for a journalism pioneer. Doyle and Geha rose through the ranks of their respective stations in the early 70s, eventually landing at the anchor desk during a time when men still held most of the stations’ on-air positions.

Doyle went on to join Detroit’s WJBK, becoming one of the country’s first female sports anchors.

“I think women are lulled into this perception that everything is fine,” Doyle told the Press. “Everything is not fine. It’s time for women to power up.”

Rival Station Takes Out Newspaper Ad to Honor Dismissed WOOD Anchor Suzanne Geha

A Grand Rapids station is honoring veteran anchor Suzanne Geha for her 30+ years on local TV, although its not the station that Geha once worked for.

Earlier this month, Geha was unceremoniously let go by NBC-affiliate WOOD and now crosstown rival WZZM, an ABC-affiliate, is celebrating Geha’s career with kind words and an ad in last Sunday’s Grand Rapids Press.

“Thank You, Suzanne, for over 30 years…” reads the ad (right), “You’ve made us all better!”

“I think she’s made WZZM 13 better, because competition always makes a business better, and she’s been an aggressive competitor over the years,” WZZM general manager Janet Mason told the Press on Monday. Read more

Anchor Suzanne Geha Departs WOOD After 30+ Years

Anchor Suzanne Geha has left WOOD after more than three decades with the station. Geha began her TV news career with the Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate and now both she and the station are confirming her departure.

In a brief statement sent out today, WOOD thanked Geha for “her many years of commitment” and announced that the station’s new primetime anchor team would be Susan Shaw and Brian Sterling.

Geha, the first woman to anchor a primetime newscast in West Michigan, has anchored WOOD’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts for decades, continually landing them atop the local ratings.

She joined WOOD upon graduating from Western Michigan University in the early 70s and, besides a 3-year stint with Detroit’s WXYZ, has been with the station ever since. Read more