Kathryn Brown reflects on her time at WRAL
Kathryn Brown will leave WRAL and the local news business to spend more time with family.
you know, time flies. He really does. Gosh, um, you know, when this happened, when I started this virus pandemic and you started working from home, I kind of thought this might happen. Did you? I did. Is that when it really sunk in for you to be around them 24 7 and realized how difficult it would be to go back to not being around them? It iss like I told you, I didn't. I think I didn't really realize what I was missing until I was around it. And then I just thought, How can I not be around for these moments? Um, tucking them in at night, reading them a little story, things like that on Lee. And, you know, you get one shot three if you have three kids. But now there are only little once, and this is such a demanding job. You make a lot of sacrifices, and gladly. So you know that I know that anybody in it knows that. Um, but when push comes to shove and I'm faced with a choice of giving this job 150% like I know I should and being the mom that I wanna be. That's not a choice to me. You know that. You know, it's not. You have to families and the one at home is more important. That's the way it is for everybody. Yeah, it has to be. Yeah. So in that respect, we all understand that we're actually we're all very happy. I said, we're all you know by the time get rid of me What e said to get rid of me know that you have the chance to kind of be where you need to be. But we're sad because we don't want you to go. So we're selfish like that. It's really bittersweet, you know that. I mean, we have the best time, don't we? Every night. I mean, we just have a ball, and it's a lot of fun, and it's very bittersweet to see that come to an end. Although I don't think it's coming to an end, it's just will evolve in a different way. That's true. You're gonna be coming back on a part time basis. Talk about I'll come back. Eso The managers at WRL were kind enough to let me extend my relationship in a long term way, so I'll be coming back for vacation. Fill in and for, you know, breaking news When there's something you guys need need some extra hands on, deck on, dime available. I will be here happily on. And because it's a way to continue my relationship with WRL, which really is my family while also being able to dedicate the time I need to my actual family did the this decision kind of take a while to come to fruition? Or that's something just kind of hit you? No, You've been in this business more than 20 years. You don't make a decision lightly, you know? And it was it was definitely something that evolved over time. I mean, the first couple weeks of working at home waas so surreal. I mean, whoever thought we would be doing something like that And it was challenging in ways that I hadn't been challenged in a while, and I actually enjoyed that. Trying to figure things out, put puzzle pieces together. Okay, this needs to go here to make this work, to make this work. And it was interesting and challenging to me. Um, and and then I got sort of into a routine of All right, I'm around. I'm able to peek out and tell the kids Good night and I'm working. But I'm able Thio be here while also working. And it's not that I always need toe work at home. But to be accessible for those key moments is really important to me. I also thought the kids would be in school by now. Imagine that. Let's say they had gone to school. We're not in a pandemic. Do you think you still make this decision right now? Yeah. Absolutely. Because I mean, here's the thinking. In my mind, I really did think that they would be in school by now. When? When this was all coming together in my mind, when I was really making this decision. I thought in July and August, when my kids go to school with me working this position, which is this is what I've worked my whole career for, right? Yeah. Um, but with me being in this position, I give them a kiss at 8. 30 in the morning on Monday, put them on the bus and basically see them Saturday. I can't do that. I can't. And you guys, What's been What I've been so grateful for is you and David and Deborah. Ever since coming on this shift right in the beginning, you came to me and said, Your family is most important. Let us know what we can dio. And so when I've had to sneak away Thio baseball games and swim meets and ballet practices and this and that you guys have always every single time stepped up. Um, which means more to me than anything. I mean, it's it's easy to do that. It really is. I mean, that's more important than I told you. Don't ever do something or not do something with your family because you have a work commitment that someone else can do for you. And and we were, you know, And I think you know, that's what happens when you're around people that you really, truly like a lot. And you worked with them and you're just everything. There's a chemistry. Um, you know, I mean, it's been we went toe Iowa. You know that that work outing thing. Remember that tiny plane on that tiny little peanut pretzel? Pressel, Rest E Yeah. No. You know the one thing from Iowa that I remember the most. I was telling someone this the other day was when we were standing in a hallway upstairs, and this was right at the very beginning of us working together, right? We knew each other, but we hadn't worked together. Is when we were standing in a hallway and you looked at me and said, I will always have your back and you have always That's important. You're the best, you know. You are. You are. You are. What are you gonna miss about this place? Besides, May you I will miss our just jokes. And, you know, we've worked so closely together for for several years and just have that chemistry and even through the pandemic, I didn't feel like we lost that. Even not seeing you for seven months, right? We went seven months without seeing each other, and then I walked in, and it was like a weekend had passed, you know, Um, but yeah, I mean, the people for sure, and I won't even start naming them all. But you know, the people I work with in front of the camera, but also behind the camera, the photographers Richard and I went to South Korea. Um, just you know, this business, I think just because of the unusual circumstances and maybe the unusual hours that we're all in for just such a tight fraternity, if we're just such a tight bond between everyone and a really, really quick one that is not easily broken. When you had the conversation with management that you were leaving afterwards, how did you feel? I was in tears, um, one of those things where I knew it was the right decision, but it's really bittersweet. I have worked my whole life for this. What do you want the viewers to know? Because they've been a big part of this, too, for that amount of time you've been here and they're gonna say the first thing they're going to say is what you do, Gerald? Well, well, on my list, um, you know, it's it. It's sort of cliche to say it's not, you know, it's not you, it's may. Right. But this is a circumstance when it really is true. It I'm not leaving something so much as I'm going towards something which is time with my family. Um, we were just talking a minute ago. WRL is the best television station in the country. CBC is one of the best companies, if not the best company in the country. They have treated me so well for the time I've been here and our viewers have treated me so well. It's been very humbling and very special, and I will miss coming in here every single day I will.