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WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis Announces Retirement

Amanda Davis, anchor for Atlanta’s WAGA, announced her retirement on-air last night. Davis has been on a leave of absence from the FOX owned station since November after an arrest for DUI.

“Atlanta has been home for me for thirty years, a couple while I was in college and 28 in television news,” said Davis in a 14 minute segment the station carved out of its 10:00 p.m. newscast. “There have been awards, honors and accolades.  There have also been challenges, disappointments and stumbles.”  She went on to say, “So it’s with a heavy heart that I announce now that I am officially retiring from FOX 5 as I look ahead to a new chapter in my life.”

The station had been promising viewers a “special message” from Davis this week.  It turns out it was a farewell tour of sorts. You can watch the video after the jump.

Davis was joined by co-anchor Russ Spencer and meteorologist Ken Cook, who she called “Cookie.” They both thanked her told her how much they loved and appreciated her and then played some clips from friends wishing her well, one of whom was former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young.

Davis also posted a goodbye to her fans on facebook saying, ”

It is with both a heavy heart and a sense of excitement about the future that I have decided to retire from FOX 5 and look ahead to a new chapter in my life. To my immediate family, my fabulous FOX 5 family, my great friends, and you, the Atlanta community that welcomed me into your homes for nearly 30 years, THANK YOU so much! http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/22081785/amanda-davis-retirement-special-message164
Davis began working at WAGA in 1986. Before coming to WAGA she was an anchor and reporter for WSB, Atlanta’s ABC affiliate.  She started her career at WRET in Charlotte, NC, before moving to the Satellite News Channel, an early competitor to CNN.

Here is the video of her goodbye:

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