Sloane Heffernan, weekend morning anchor at Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL, has set the alarm for 3:15 for the last time. “I did the best I could, but the limited sleep always caught up with me,” she said. “And my family would pay the price. I’d be the first to admit that I am not very “pleasant” when I am tired.”
Heffernan says missing time with her school-age children led her to ask her news director for a new assignment: part-time reporter:
The problem was that I worked so hard to get to the anchor desk and I hated to give it up.
But I also recognized that this time with my kids is fleeting. In a matter of years, they’ll be pulling up their own anchors and setting sail on their own adventures.
So I made the decision to leave the anchor desk. And my wonderful boss agreed to let me work part-time as a reporter during the week.
In the end, saying farewell was bitter sweet.
My ship has sailed away from the anchor desk at WRAL, but I know what’s waiting on the horizon happens just once in a lifetime.