Happy for a friend, sad for myself
My Grandma Susan was fond of saying, “No time is forever.” The older I get, the more I see the simple truth in that comment. The one constant about life is change, and it’s with mixed feelings that I write about a big change in my friend Courtney’s life.
Courtney is leaving Channel 13 to become Governor Chet Culver’s press secretary. When she told me about the job offer my first feeling was happiness, because she was happy. The next feeling was sadness, because I hate losing Courtney as a colleague. It’s selfish, I know.
This post is dedicated to Court, and her many years of service to WHO-TV. Because her resignation was effective immediately, Courtney won’t have the chance to say “goodbye” to all of you on the air. For that reason, you’ll find a note from her at the end of this post. On your way there, I think you’ll get a kick out of the pictures that were gathering dust in the basement.
Courtney Maxwell & Phil Scott 1994 Iowa State Fair Parade
Courtney Maxwell 1994 Iowa State Fair
Rob Olson & Courtney Maxwell 1995 publicity photo
“The Women of Channel 13” 1996
Courtney’s last day in 1997, before leaving for Kansas City
Courtney Greene returns to Channel 13 in 2001
“Let me begin by telling the viewers what an honor it has been to bring
you the news; first as a reporter way back in 1992, then as an
anchor/producer in the mid-90s and noon anchor in 2000. This last
position as the co-anchor of Today in Iowa Saturday has been extremely
rewarding. I had the privilege of working with Dan Winters, Jeriann
Ritter and Megan Salois. Dan’s future is so bright, it hurts my eyes.
He is a solid journalist, strong anchor and most importantly, a really
great guy. It has been my pleasure sitting next to him for the past
couple of years. Jeriann is the real deal. Smart, funny, energetic. She
is such an awesome person! And Megan Salois is the All-American girl
next door. She’s very kind and a real gem. I will miss all of them, and
everyone at WHO TV.
That brings me to my new job. I am so excited about being the
Governor’s press secretary that I can’t sleep! First, I look forward to
representing Governor Chet Culver. I’ve known him for a long time, and
I can tell you that Iowa’s new chief executive is sincere, candid,
intelligent, and honorable. However, his integrity is ultimately what
persuaded me to accept this appointment. I am humbled by the
opportunity to stand with him, as part of his communications team, and
share his vision with Iowans. His energy and passion for the state of
Iowa are infectious. It is my hope to engage more young people in the
Thank you Erin, my friend, for giving me a forum to say goodbye. I know
it’s not really goodbye, because I will still see viewers at the
grocery store, Chuck E. Cheese, and the mall. Thank you to those
faithful viewers who tuned in every Saturday morning. I will miss WHO.
I thank everyone there for a rich and wonderful experience. I am ready
and eager to begin the next chapter in my life. May God bless you.
Feel free to post a comment to Court, or send your well wishes to me in an email and I’ll forward them to her.
Thanks for reading!