Barbara West leaving WFTV’s Eyewitness News

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Veteran anchor Barbara West, who has been with WFTV’s Eyewitness News for 24 years, is leaving the station.

NewsBlues.com reported today that West will leave the station sometime before Jan. 1. “She’s had a great run. We’ll miss her,”  News Director Bob Jordan told NewsBlues.

Despite a long career in Orlando in which she was Channel 9’s health reporter and anchor for various time slots over the years, she is best remembered — at least from a national perspective — for her satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden during the 2008 presidential campaign. She asked Biden “How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?”

Biden’s reponse: “Are you joking? Is this a joke? Is that a real question?”

Locally, West is well-known on the charity event circuit.

West, who has been the station’s longtime noon and 5:30 p.m. anchor, started to she her role diminish in the past several months. She was taken off the 5:30 news to make way for rising star Vanessa Welch.

NewsBlues said “West will likely use accumulated vacation days, and is expected to sign off soon.”

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6 Comments

  1. Hey! Barbara West is great! I met her in 2004 at the Sanford Festival and I got an autographed pic of her! If you don’t believe me, Ask Roger! She Honorably mentioned her in his Central Florida’s Golden 50!

  2. Why are they getting rid of all the anchors who’ve been there the longest? It’s just a matter of time before they let Bob Opsahl go. He’s been there for the past 30 years, I think.

    The two people who left the above comments are very rude. If it were them, I doubt they’d feel the same way.

  3. I watched Barbara West for many years along with,( am sorry for forgetting her name) the African American young lady who worked side by side with Barbara West. I enjoyed both of these ladies. It is a shame that it had happene this way.
    Why did the other lady leave?????
    Good bye to both of you women. May you both be Blessed with health, safety and success.

  4. Mona, I think it was Deborah Roberts. Who went national and moved to NBC and is now at ABC news and is married to Al Roker of The Today Show.

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