Monday, June 6, 2011

WKRN Weekend Anchor Christine Maddela Leaving Nashville for Philadelphia

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Whos gonna make Ron Burgundy jokes on-air now?
Music City's most social-media savvy TV news anchor is leaving. Today, WKRN's Christine Maddela announced via Facebook that she'll be leaving the station, and Nashville, for a local news job in Philadelphia. The new gig will also allow her to "realize a lifelong dream of doing international reporting."

Pith reached Maddela by phone shortly after the announcement went online, and she indicated she can't be more specific about her new job, at least for the time being: "I hate being like that," she says, "because it's not really my personality." What is part of her personality, though, is interacting with her friends, viewers and fans on Twitter — which is part of why the decision to leave Nashville was a tough one. "I really feel connected," she says. "I talk to some of my Twitter followers more often than some of my friends and family. [Laughs.] They're a big part of my life."

So was it the lure of international reporting? The Phillies' starting rotation? Was it something we said? Well, her best friend lives in Philadelphia, she says, and her mother lives in Boston, making the City of Brotherly Love a good home base. (She also hinted that another important person in her life calls Philly home.) Our loss is Lee Stabert's gain. Maddela's last Nashville broadcast will be on Sunday, June 26, and in the meantime, she's got a washer, dryer and an elliptical machine for sale.

Seriously, though: "When I say it's bittersweet, I mean it," she says. "Nashville is a hard place to leave."

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