Carol Williams prepares to say goodbye this week

WCPO paying tribute to anchor after three decades
Posted at 4:00 AM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 12:21:03-05

Before Carol Williams retires from WCPO 9 On Your Side this week, she wrote this note to share her gratitude with the Tri-State. These old snapshots are some of her favorites. 

It's a good thing I don't believe in omens.

When I first headed toward Cincinnati for an audition in the summer of 1986, violent thunderstorms delayed my plane for hours. And my luggage got lost.

Carol and Clyde with Denise Dory and Randy Little atop Carew Tower.

Apparently I didn't dazzle anybody in my wrinkly linen outfit (what was I thinking?), so WCPO asked me to return the next weekend for a second audition. Once again, thunderstorms. And a second delay. But the audition proceeded and I got the job.

Since then, I've been privileged to see Cincinnati life and history unfold.

Carol, John Popovich, Dennis Janson at Super Bowl XXIII.

I've been to political conventions, I've interviewed two presidents and Oprah!  I've been to the Super Bowl and the Final Four. I've seen the devastation of tornados and interviewed so many Cincinnatians who opened their hearts and shared their stories with me.

Most important, I've raised a wonderful daughter during this time, made lifetime friends, worked with the best of the best, and I've gotten married (uh, twice).

Carol and daughter Katherine at Cincinnati Zoo.

This week we'll be looking back at some of those stories and reflecting on the last 30 years in our town. Maybe we'll jog a memory or two for you. I'll be regretting a few of those hairstyles and thinking how grateful I am to be a Cincinnatian.

Carol has been anchor at WCPO for the past three decades. We will be 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.

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