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Sloane Heffernan: Anchors aweigh

Posted September 15, 2014

I set my alarm at 3:15 a.m. for one last time as I prepared to haul up my anchor and set sail for a new adventure at WRAL-TV.

It would be my last weekend anchoring the news at the Big 5. After months of deliberations, I had finally gathered up the nerve to talk to my boss about changing my shift.

The early morning hours and working weekends for four years had taken a toll on me and my family.

When I was offered the job, I was so excited for the opportunity that I didn't dare tell anyone that I am not a morning person. I did the best I could, but the limited sleep always caught up with me, and my family would pay the price. I'd be the first to admit that I am not very "pleasant" when I am tired.

I also think about the countless sporting activities and other events that I missed with my children.

Two out of our three kids also are in school now. I've come to realize that when your kids are in school, weekends are critical for quality family time.

The problem was that I worked so hard to get to the anchor desk and I hated to give it up.

But I also recognized that this time with my kids is fleeting. In a matter of years, they'll be pulling up their own anchors and setting sail on their own adventures.

So I made the decision to leave the anchor desk. And my wonderful boss agreed to let me work part-time as a reporter during the week.

In the end, saying farewell was bitter sweet. Family time

My ship has sailed away from the anchor desk at WRAL, but I know what's waiting on the horizon happens just once in a lifetime.

Sloane Heffernan is a mom of three and a reporter for WRAL-TV. Find her here monthly on Go Ask Mom.



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  • cameronjorgenson Sep 20, 2014

    Sloane, I met you in October '12 when I came into the studio to demo my Chai Latte Pie from the State Fair. You were great on air and you made sure I felt right at home. And now I see that you aren't just a pro, you are also brave. That couldn't have been an easy choice to make, but I salute you for doing what you that best. Well done and best wishes to you!

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Sep 20, 2014

    True womans liberation. Being able to choose what you want to do, work or stay home.

  • mcraineycrazies Sep 20, 2014

    Good for you. I had to walk away from my career I led because they would not budge on my hours. I ended up owning a small cleaning company that I have employees that have kids but want or need to be home with them when the bus let's out for the day. Not the perfect job, but it has been a pleasure to see games, chorus, parties at school because I work when I want. I did not want my kids seeing crabby mom all the time.. i was totally worth it : )

  • arfamr1010 Sep 20, 2014

    You and bruce were the best but I think you're making the best decision!! Enjoy the family time!!

  • Anita Woody Sep 16, 2014

    I doubt that the WRAL morning news rates way behind ABC11 in the morning had anything to do with this.

  • kmstefan Sep 16, 2014

    Congratulations! This will be your best decision ever. You won't regret it. Enjoyed your anchoring -- you'll be back.

  • snowl Sep 16, 2014

    Agreed, this is a GREAT decision for many reasons! Enjoy.

  • grammajm Sep 15, 2014

    We'll miss your cheery smile. Best wishes on your decision to do what's best for you and your family!