Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jane McGarry Leaves NBC 5 After 30 Years

Jane McGarry and NBC DFW/Channel 5 announced jointly today that Jane was leaving the station after 30 years on the air.

Causing this decision, was the fact that McGarry was arrested in Dallas County on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated on May 5, 2011 after being pulled over in a 2007 Porsche in the "early Sunday morning" hours and  failing to signal a lane change in the southbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway.

The state trooper who made the arrest said McGarry refused to take a Breathalyzer test and a mandatory blood sample was taken.

Several hours ago, Jane posted this note on her Facebook Fan Page to her audience:

NBC DFW likewise issued a public statement via their Facebook Page:

I wanted to title this post "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" but that doesn't get you the same impact as the title I chose for people Googling around for info. on this subject...  Jane has been a fixture on the Dallas news scene for THIRTY YEARS.  Her bio on NBC DFW's site tells us that

She joined NBC 5 in 1982 and has held various anchor positions since then. Before coming to NBC 5, McGarry was an anchor/reporter in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She also served as the Illinois News Bureau Chief at WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky., and was a Reporter/Producer and Host of a Magazine show on WRAJ Radio in Anna, Ill.
Since she began her career in broadcasting, McGarry has won several awards including four-time winner of the "Personality of the Year" award by the American Women in Radio and Television. Jane is also the 2006 recipient of the AWRT national Gracie Award, recognizing the best local news anchor in the country.

Whatever your opinion on the topic is, I can tell you that this mistake doesn't define who Jane is.  She is a talented reporter with many stories left to tell. We have not seen the last of her. Like a phoenix, I am putting my money on the fact that she will be reborn from the ashes of this situation and rise higher than before. I for one, can't wait to see her next act.

You can keep up with Jane on Twitter at https://twitter.com/thejanemcgarry.