The Departures Continue at WGCL

By Aneya Fernando 

WGCL_304WGCL, the Atlanta CBS affiliate, appears to be hemorrhaging valuable employees.

Longtime reporter Renee Starzyk is the latest to the leave the station, although it apparently wasn’t her idea to go. In an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Starzyk, who’d been with the station for more than 10 years, explained:

I was not renewed out of the blue today. The news director speaks to no one and makes no eye contact. They escort you out swiftly with few words. Very sad as I love what I do.


Bernard Watson, an anchor and reporter at WGCL for the past five years, is also out. He announced his departure on Twitter on April 3, his last day:

Final day at the gig with in wx Lab. Great run now time for next chapter in life. It’s been REAL!

Mike Paluska, a nightside reporter at WGCL for the past five years, has also left, after his contract was not renewed, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Morning anchor Frank Wiley decided to leave too, after only a year at the station. Makes sense, as he was demoted to a reporter position a few months ago.

Others who’ve left the station include: sports director Larry Smith (looks like he’s at Washington ABC affiliate WJLA now) and former morning anchor Michelle Burdo (she’ll be replaced by Gloria Neal).

We’ll be on the lookout for more changes to come from WGCL and its revolving door of employees.