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Remembering Adele Arakawa

Posted January 27, 2010 8:28 a.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2010 8:41 a.m. EST

How many of you remember the woman in this picture? WRAL photographer Keith Baker stopped by my desk with this vintage photo. My best guess is 1986.   I look very happy sitting next to Adele Arakawa.

Adele was an extremely popular evening news anchor for WRAL during the 1980s. Adele worked mostly with Charlie Gaddy, Bob DeBardelaben and Tom Suiter. I used to fill in for Charlie on the anchor desk and had the pleasure of working with Adele.

Eventually, Adele moved on to Chicago where she worked for the CBS affiliate for five years. Her co-anchor in the Windy City was Bill Kurtis. In 1993, Adele landed in Denver where she became the top-rated female anchor. Adele continues to work at KUSA. If you travel to Colorado, you can watch her on local TV there. You can also hear her at the airport. Adele is the voice of the airport train system in Denver.

What are your memories of Adele Arakawa? Please share your thoughts.

My funniest story about Adele goes back to my first tour of duty at WRAL's State Fair tent. During a meet and greet session a friendly farmer from Sampson County approached me and said: "I sure do like that pretty anchor lady Ar-dell Okinawa."