Eight years after leaving the station that gave him his start, Edward Moody is going back to KBJR in Duluth, Minn.
“It’s like going back home,” Moody told the Duluth News Tribune. “That’s where I learned how to be a journalist. To come back to Duluth to where I started and to basically do the only thing I know how to do for a living, I’m a very fortunate person.”
Moody started his carer at KBJR as an anchor and reporter in 2002. He left to work in Rochester, N.Y. at WHAM. Then moved on to WXIN in Indianapolis before working at WCCO in Minneapolis. He went part time at WCCO last year to “reconnect” with his “real life.”
“I looked around and I didn’t have the relationship with my family that I wanted and I didn’t have the friends that I wanted and needed in my life,” Moody said. “I had devoted so much time and energy to my career and moving around in my career, that my personal life took a backseat and, 10 years in, it was noticeable.”
Moody hadn’t planned to get back into TV, he said, but when Billy Wagness left Duluth for a job in Green Bay, Wis., there was an opening at his former station. Moody said he sent KBJR-TV news director Barbara Reyelts an email expressing interest in the position.
Station manager David Jensch said Moody was a favorite with viewers during his time at the station and generated a lot of positive phone calls, emails and letters.
“He has the ability, through television, to reveal his personality,” Jensch said. “There is some magical skill that some people have, that they’re just telegenic. He had a legion of fans.