Georgia Anchor Stepping Down after More than 2 Decades

By Kevin Eck 

WALB anchor Ben Roberts is leaving the Albany, Georgia NBC affiliate to work in PR for a local health care provider.

Roberts plans to leave the station next month and work as PR Manager at Phoebe Putney Health System. He started at WALB as a reporter in 1991.

“I’ll definitely miss WALB, but I’m happy that I’ll still be able to serve communities throughout Southwest Georgia at Phoebe Putney,” said Roberts. “WALB will always be a part of me.”

In 1997, Roberts left the station to work at WVLT in Knoxville, Tenn., but came back in 2001 as primary anchor and executive producer. He’ll be replaced by Jim Wallace who has worked at the station since 1976.

“Ben has been a longtime leader in the WALB newsroom and in Southwest Georgia,” says news director Bari Soash. “There’s no doubt that his presence in our newsroom will be greatly missed, but we are also very excited for him and his new chapter in life. He will always be a part of the WALB family and we are happy that he’s staying in the Albany community.”