Amanda Dukes to Retire From WESH After 26 Years

By Kevin Eck 

Amanda Dukes has announced her retirement from Orlando NBC afiliate WESH.

The station posted a tribute to Dukes on its website featuring testimonials from colleagues. She’s worked at the station since 1997.

Anchor Meredith McDonough called Dukes an “incredible journalist” and “faithful woman.”

“For 25 years, she has been a calming voice for the Central Florida community and will be greatly missed,” said McDonough. “I am so blessed to call her a dear friend, and I’m thankful we have shared so many special moments together,” adding, “I will always treasure her guiding light.”

“We’ve shared so many wonderful memories and belly laughs and heart to heart conversations,” said anchor Michelle Imperato. “Amanda brightens up every room with her smile and positivity, she is kind and compassionate and I know that’s why the viewers have loved her for 25 years. I’ll miss seeing her in the newsroom every day, but I’m so excited to see where this next chapter in life takes Amanda!”