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Saturday, May 16, 2015

WTMJ Morning News Anchor Exiting


WTMJ/Milwaukee's multiple award-winning news anchor Jodi Becker has decided to exit radio to focus on her family and other projects. She has been with WTMJ since 2009, following five years at KFI/Los Angeles, plus other radio stations in Wisconsin. She will step down as morning news anchor at the end of this month.

The following is a copy of the internal memo sent to station staffers by Scripps Vice President & General Manager, Milwaukee Radio Operations Tom Langmyer:

Jodi Becker has been a part of the WTMJ Family since 2009.  She's been a leader in our newsroom and a strong voice at WTMJ.  During the past few years, Jodi continued to grow greatly as she moved into Wisconsin's Morning News with Gene Mueller.  When the structure of the program changed to have more of Gene and Jodi, the news content was broadened and a more conversational approach was added - Jodi excelled even further.  Jodi and the "Wisconsin's Morning News Team" are a big reason for the incredible growth in WTMJ's overall ratings in the past year or so.

Jodi will probably get on me for "burying the lead" as news people are often coached NOT to do - but it's very hard for me to announce that she will be leaving WTMJ to spend more time with her family and to do some other things she's wanted to do.  As a mother of young children, she's been working toward this for some time.  Of course, we are sad to see her moving on - but very happy for her, as well.

As you know, Jodi has won countless awards (including a regional Edward R. Murrow award) - but perhaps her greatest radio accomplishments have included her touching stories of Wisconsin's World War II veterans traveling on the Honor Flight, her breast cancer coverage - and most recently her tremendous work to raise money to build an all-accessible playground in Menomonee Falls.

Jodi's warmth and big heart will be missed, as well.

Please join me in congratulating a great broadcaster - and more importantly, a great mother on this new chapter in her life.  Her last day will be May 29th.

We will begin the search for her successor immediately.

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