News 12 anchor Laurie Ott to pursue new career opportunity

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.

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  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    Gald she's gone.. she was not nice to me.
  • by Chaz Location: South Dakota on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    I would just like to say how much I admire this young lady. As a disabled Vietnam veteran, I appreciate and honor her efforts to help wounded warriors. Very few people in this world ever give of themselves to the degree that Laurie does. She stands as a shining example of all that is good in America. Although I have never had the pleasure of viewing her newscasts (I live in the midwest), I am sure she will be sorely missed by her television family. Thank you, Laurie from the bottom of my heart. You are someone that everyone can look up to.
  • by Roland Location: Hialeah Gardens, FL on Jun 10, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    I remember when Laurie anchored with Richard on News 12 @ 6 & 11. I was there watching News 12. Augusta, GA; News 12, & Me will be missed by you.
  • by Kevin Location: Augusta GA on Apr 1, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    Laurie, My name is Kevin Tyner. I have just become avalible on the job market, and heard your speech at the Augusta State Grad. I am interested in talking with you more about openings within your new org. Kevin Tyner
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2008 at 06:22 PM
    What ever happen to Meredith Johnson?
  • by Le Location: Augusta on Sep 28, 2007 at 04:25 PM
    I see Jennie Montgomery on the News at 10 pm, however she is also on News Channel she going to be filling two station in our community now? I love to watch jennie, are we going to addd her to the WRDW family?
  • by JR Location: Maryland on Sep 14, 2007 at 07:16 PM
    I went to high school with Laurie and her decisions concerning the direction of her life did not surprise me. She has always been a class act. I have never been more proud of her. The Wounded Warriors will be a success; Laurie will help make it happen. Best of Wishes.
  • by Bonita Location: Martinez on Sep 4, 2007 at 07:57 AM
    Laurie, Congratulations on crossing over!! I know it was a hard decision to leave a career that is challenging: something that you excel in and something that seems to engulf you and you love it! But I am here to tell you, there is life after television and you can always cherish the good memories. Making the transition was hard for me as well but I am having the time of my life and that is what we all deserve! You are a true professional and I know your new endeavor will be wonderful if your hand is in it! Congratulations again and in the words of my favorite mentor: "The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." and "We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are." Those words are of course from Oprah! God Bless you and your family from me and my family. Your former co-worker, Bonita Jefferies Jenkins
  • by Jim Location: Thomson on Sep 3, 2007 at 03:17 AM
    Laurie - You've always been a class act. From one news person to another, take care and best of fortunes in your pursuits. All my best, and God bless.
  • by Danny on Sep 2, 2007 at 10:23 PM
    I have watched TV12 news for up to the minute stories and good reporting thru the years, I've also enjoyed watching one of the best news anchors in the business during that time. I am one of your fans and will continue to be, it's great to know that you'll be still living in the area and working on your next career. Wishing you all the luck, success and looking foreword to hopefully seeing you on the airways again someday.
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