An Asheville Legend Retires 3 Decades After Arriving at Station

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

This is the third retirement story TVSpy has written in a week.

In Asheville, N.C., broadcast legend WLOS Darcel Grimes has anchored her final newscast.

The longtime news anchor did her last show on May 8, now she’s making her way into retirement.


“And I don’t know what my life is going to be like yet, without interacting with my viewers,” Grimes said. “That’s been my passion, it’s been my dream and it’s all come together here in western North Carolina.”

Grimes arrived at the station in 1981 and never left, even though she had a vision of getting to Washington, D.C., someday.

Now that she’s going, the station has shifted talent to fill the gaps of Grimes’ exit.

Longtime co-anchor Tammy Watford will continue her role on the 5 and 6:30 p.m. shows and add the 6 p.m. to her schedule. Morning anchor Holly Headrick will head to evenings and step in at 5, 5:30, 10 and 11 p.m.