This was posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Lori Geary, an Emmy-wining political reporter for Channel 2 Action News, is leaving the station after 19 years.
In a post on Facebook Friday, she said she wanted to spend more time with her children.
She plans to start her own communications company to give herself more flexibility.
It’s time. My babies are now 9 and 5, precious ages and moments I don’t want to miss. This has been such a difficult decision but thankfully WSB-TV will allow me to stay on as a Political Analyst for the #1 station in the country.
Working in TV news can be brutal on people’s personal lives. They have to work on holidays, late nights, weekends, you name it. As she noted:
A big thank you to my husband, Bobby Talbert, who has held down the fort of afternoon pick-ups – soccer and baseball practices, doctors & dentists appointments and everything in between when I had to be on the air. It’s my turn to help! It’s a big decision but I hope and pray there are big opportunities ahead. Thank you all for your loyalty and support for the past 19 years at WSB-TV.
She joined WSB-TV in 1998, coming from what was then CNN Headline News. She was raised in Pittsburgh and worked in August and Raleigh before coming to Atlanta.
Geary left on a notable note: earlier this month, she broke the story about Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed using blue lights and sirens to get to routine events, which some say is illegal.
WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both part of Cox Media Group.