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.”