Carol Williams made a difference in our community

WCPO anchor is retiring after three decades

Carol Williams is retiring after three decades on the anchor desk at WCPO. We are honoring her this week with videos and special tributes on air and online. You can see those throughout our 6 p.m. newscasts. Carol's farewell newscast is 6 p.m. Friday.

 READ Carol's message to the Tri-State.

CINCINNATI – We usually see Carol Williams behind the anchor desk, delivering the stories - big and small - that have shaped our lives.

But it's what she does off the set that makes an even greater difference. And much of that connection is through organizations near and dear to her heart, like the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women luncheon, which she has emceed for years.

Carol and WCPO colleagues Go Red for Women.

I have run across her - or run with her - more than a few times, from the Redlegs Run benefiting the Reds Community Fund to the annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk for the American Cancer Society.

And the Cris Collinsworth Foundation can't have a Pink Ribbon Luncheon without Carol running the show.

“She has a connection with the Tri-State that is second to none,” says retired WCPO Sports Anchor Dennis Janson.

Carol during WCPO toy drive.

Carol has also lent her talents to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Salvation Army and countless other Tri-State organizations throughout the years.

"The legend of Carol Williams has to do with her kindness,” says Chris Riva, my Good Morning Tri-State co-anchor. “She plays such an important role in our community from our standpoint of charity."

WATCH: Political leaders say farewell to Carol.

Jane Portman, wife of Sen. Rob Portman, sent her thanks to Carol for promoting a healthy lifestyle on the air.

"As chair of the board of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, I want to thank you for the work that you've done to promote healthy lifestyles and fight childhood obesity through your ‘Healthy Living’ segment,”  Jane Portman said.

Carol, congratulations on 30 years of making a difference in the Tri-State, in our living rooms and in our community.

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