Every once in a while, someone joins the Channel 2 news team, and their presence leaves a lasting impression on the staff.
For the past two and a half years, that person has been our news director Skip Valet.
Skip is leaving Channel 2 to return to WKMG, our sister station in Orlando.
Before coming to KPRC, Skip was the news director at the Post-Newsweek station there, but he’s returning to Orlando as the general manager.
(Think of that as the difference between managing the men’s department at the Macy’s Galleria, or managing the ENTIRE store in Orlando)
On Thursday night, the staff gathered for the first of two going away parties for Skip. Senior reporter Phil Archer gave the boss a true Texas cowboy hat as a goodbye gift.
The rest of us showed up empty handed, but offered hugs, handshakes and admitted feeling a little bit of heartache to see him go.
Those attending the goodbye party included: General Manager Larry Blackerby, Assistant News Director Rick McFarland, investigative reporters Amy Davis and Robert Arnold, reporters Alana Gomez Dong and Phil Archer, Meteorologist Jonathan Novack and Khambrel Marshall, and a host of other managers, producers, photographers and Skip’s assistant Elizabeth.
Channel 2 employees are really proud of our boss for getting this big promotion, but he will be missed.