BLOG: Reporter Danielle Thomas says goodbye to TV

BLOG: Reporter Danielle Thomas says goodbye to TV
"Thank you for sharing your stories from the greatest joys and deepest sorrows." (Photo source: WLOX)
"Thank you for sharing your stories from the greatest joys and deepest sorrows." (Photo source: WLOX)

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - In the news business, we see a lot of faces come and go over the years. Often times, young reporters or producers are with us for a few years, then move on to a bigger city, or decide to make a career change. Less often is the occasion when we say goodbye to a colleague who has been with WLOX News for 18 years. But that's what we're doing this week as reporter Danielle Thomas wraps up her time with us.

We will miss seeing her smile in the newsroom every day, and we suspect many of you will miss seeing her on WLOX News. Join us in wishing her the very best in the next chapter of her life.

Dear WLOX viewers,

I want to let you know at the end of this week, I will give my last report for WLOX. I began working at the Station For South Mississippi back in February 1998 just fresh out of the University of Southern Mississippi. Back then I had been to the Mississippi Coast, but hadn't spent much time here. Now I'm proud to say there aren't many roads along the Coast I haven't traveled. 

I have enjoyed meeting colorful characters from all walks of life. I deeply appreciate all the awesome adventures from flying with the Blue Angels, to covering a presidential visit, to interviewing Usher. What a cutie!!!
Thank you for sharing your stories from the greatest joys and deepest sorrows. In my work, I have always been committed to trying to be fair, factual and unbiased in my reporting. I hope, in some way, I have helped to make a positive difference by helping to give people a voice who might not otherwise have had one. 

I would like to thank all my current and past coworkers who have had a hand in shaping me to be the reporter that I am. By giving praise when praise was due. By giving constructive criticism when criticism is due. If anything, being a television news reporter teaches one to be resourceful and to be able to perform under pressure. 

Here I am starting a new chapter. Since I was 18 years old there hasn't been a time I wasn't working in a newsroom. Next week, I will begin a career in a new profession. This is both exciting and, frankly, scary. However, I know with faith and the support of friends and family, all will be well. 

Thanks so much and God bless. Gracias a todos por todo su apoyo.

Danielle Thomas