Andrea Cambern, news anchor at WBNS-10TV news, will bid her goodbyes to everyone watching the 6 p.m. news on May 23, 2012.
Cambern started her career at 10TV in 1991 and has since become a recognizable name not only in Columbus but also across national media.
With her six Emmy awards, Female Anchor of the Year by the National Association of Television Journalists, honors from the Associated Press, induction into the Ohio Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame and YWCA Women of the Year Achievement Academy, Cambern leaves behind a legacy.
In addition to her award achievement, Cambern has also made a lasting imprint on Columbus’s health and wellness with her “Commit to be Fit Program,” which she headed with Mayor Michael B. Coleman.
“She has had a positive influence on the community with her Commit to be Fit program, it is a good program,” said Lee Johnson, a fifth year in Economics and Japanese.
Cambern hopes to always be involved someway with “Commit to be Fit” after she leaves 10TV.
“Commit to be Fit has always been a passion of mine, I hope that it will be around for a long time,” Cambern said.
As Cambern is entering a second chapter in her life, her next path has yet to be determined. However, she mentioned that if she goes back to school, she would like to get her degree from Ohio State.
“I have adopted OSU as my university, it should be my Alma-mater. I feel like I am a Buckeye,” said Cambern.
Cambern refers to her stepping down as following her heart, not her head.
“So few people in this business get to say when they leave, what a gift it would be if I just leave it as is with a wonderful memory of what this career has been,” said Cambern.
In the focus of her heart is her husband, Brett.
“My husband’s family and job is in California, he came to Columbus for my job. This transition is really about changing priorities and letting where he wants to be take precedence,” said Cambern.
While Cambern is excited to see what the next chapter in her life may bring, she expressed her sadness for what she will miss most about Columbus.
“Its gut wrenching to leave something you love. The starkest difference between California and Columbus is the way people care about each other and the community here. I am worried that I am going to miss the midwestern values and
sensibility,” said Cambern.
And while Cambern will miss Columbus, many people here will miss her as well.
“I will miss her zest for life, her sunny personality is real,” said Jerry Revish, news anchor for 10TV news and Cambern’s long time co-host.
Additional members of the 10TV crew shared their feelings about Cambern.
“The newsroom is going to feel empty without her. It’s going to feel like someone let the air out of the room,” said Kurt Ludlow, 10TV news anchor.
“We will miss her versatility. Anchor, reporter, field producer/reporter, interviewer, get on the plan and get to this story. She can do it all,” said Tom Griesdorn, President and general manager of 10TV.
Cambern said she will miss 10TV and the perks that go with it.
“10TV is truly my family. But in addition I will also miss all the people I meet with the job. That was one of the most appealing aspects of it,” said Cambern.
While Cambern is not sure what her next major step will be, she does know that she plans to devote more time and attention to her current programs such as “It’s Abuse,” which is an anti-violence initiative among young college women.
“It’s Abuse” was started here at OSU and has spread to several other campuses around Ohio.
As Cambern follows her heart and leaves her 20-year legacy behind, she said, “I need to take the leap while I am still young enough to have a second chapter. “