July 31, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Laurie Ott, anchor and reporter for WRDW-TV News 12, will be signing off from News 12 after 13 years with the television station. Laurie and the Augusta CBS affiliate shared the announcement with local viewers today during early newscasts. Laurie joined WRDW-TV in June 1994 as weekend anchor and was eventually named co-anchor of News 12 at 6 O’clock and News 12 at 11, a position she has held for the past 12 years.
“This is a tough decision for me because I feel so privileged to have been given this opportunity at News 12 and to be invited into people’s homes every night for the past 13 years,” said Laurie. “I care deeply for this community but as any parent would understand, my family comes first.”
Laurie’s decision comes as no surprise to station managers who for the past two years have worked toward finding a schedule that would allow her to spend more time with family. “We have been discussing with Laurie a work assignment that would allow her more time at home with her family,” said WRDW-TV General Manager John Ray, “but in the end, Laurie felt it was best for her and her family to be home at dinner time and there to tuck her daughter in at night. Who can argue with that? Laurie is like family to us, we celebrate her decision.”
As part of the News 12 team, Laurie was recognized numerous times, not only for her investigative journalism but also for her commitment to the community. It is that commitment to the community that has led her to accept a position with the Wounded Warrior Care Project, a local initiative sponsored by civic leaders. She will also be working with the newly-formed Education Foundation for the CSRA. “I’m excited about this work and continuing the efforts with former Congressman Doug Barnard,” said Laurie. “We’ve been working since March exploring the very real possibility of expanding Augusta’s capacity to care for our returning troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Station news managers and Laurie are exploring opportunities for her to return to the station as a contributor to News 12 newscasts. Laurie’s last day as News 12 Anchor will be Friday, August 31st. WRDW-TV asks the community to join the station in wishing Laurie only the best for her and her family. A search for her successor on the News 12 anchor desk is underway.