Daytona Seaside NBC station’s Metz retires after almost 40 years

Claire Metz

In 39 years of working diligently as a TV journalist for WESH 2 Information, Claire Metz has seen all of it.

“We’re right here to share essential tales and get as many sides as potential and stability it in addition to you’ll be able to,” Metz, 67, mentioned in a telephone interview. “Individuals really feel snug with me as a result of I’m a really acquainted face. That’s an actual pleasure; it’s an actual pleasure.”

“She’ll name me and let me know that we’re having a significant name or a significant occasion earlier than I even understand it’s occurring,” mentioned Deputy Chief Tammy Malphurs of Volusia County Seaside Patrol within the piece. “Everybody loves Claire; everybody is aware of Claire. She’s the perfect at what she does. Everybody trusts her as effectively.”

Metz’s first story for WESH 2 aired on Sept. 22, 1984, specializing in a citrus illness that devastated crops that 12 months. A number of years later, she started internet hosting “2’s Firm,” a public affairs program centered on well being and well-being, earlier than transitioning to the anchor desk. Metz was witness to the opening of Common Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

“I wish to dip my hand in all places. You be taught a bit bit about every little thing and so much about nothing,” she mentioned. “I’ve been fortunate and blessed to outlive in a enterprise like this so long as I’ve.”

In her retirement, Metz hopes to journey to spend time along with her 4 kids and two grandchildren whereas additionally discovering a technique to keep writing and talking.

“I’ve been actually fortunate that doorways have opened for me and stayed open all these years,” she mentioned. “Thanks to the great individuals I’ve encountered throughout these loopy a long time, for opening their hearts and televisions to us. That’s been actually particular.”