Future cancer survivors

On WXIA’s news Friday, Ted Hall told viewers that reporter Jerry Carnes is now fighting prostate cancer.  Carnes has been with WXIA since 1988.  He’s a swell guy and one of Atlanta’s best TV storytellers.

He’s still on the job.  Hall’s announcement followed a moving piece Carnes produced Friday night about a fallen US soldier, and a dedication made in his memory at Shiloh High School’s football game.

Carnes is blogging about his fight against cancer.  In the spirit of sharing his optimism, we’ve taken the liberty of swiping the headline from his first post.  Best wishes, amigo.

Meantime, the AJC reports that reporter / anchor JaQuitta Williams is leaving WSB.  Williams tells Rodney Ho that her recent fight against breast cancer caused her to change perspective on her TV news career.  She also relates a couple of amusing “signs” that signaled her it was time to move on.  Williams joined WSB in 2004.

Williams tells Ho that she’s now cancer-free.

Best wishes to Williams as she presumably changes careers, a course of action we strongly endorse for TV newsies who value their sanity.  (Stage whisper to JaQuitta:  Write me.  You’d be a great guest blogger on LAF.)

6 thoughts on “Future cancer survivors

  1. Jerry Carnes

    Thanks for the kind words. You will always be the Strong Bad of Atlanta T.V!! Your talent is missed.
    I’m blessed that my cancer was caught early and I will be fine. I now spend part of my time urging others to go to their doctor and ask about testing. I perfectly willing to go through this if it will educate others about prostate cancer and the need for men to get tested.
    Scott, Don, Kay…I love you guys and miss you!!


  2. Mike daly

    Jerry, More power to ya! Take care.
    JaQuitta, You too. You know I was always of fan of yours. It was a pleasure working with you at scenes even though we were from different stations. Good luck with a career away from news. I don’t miss it a bit!



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