2 resign at WHP-TV // Anchorwoman, managing editor decide to depart television news

 May 25, 1990 | Patriot-News, The (Harrisburg, PA)

 | Page: C6 | Section: LIVING
360 Words | Readability: Lexile: 1220, grade level(s): 11-12

Kathy Reilly, news anchor for WHP-TV (Channel 21), and that station's managing editor, Pat Carroll, have resigned.

Reilly, who has been with the stations since 1984, said she will leave June 30 to pursue free-lance writing.

Carroll, who has been managing editor for about five years, and who had been city editor and a sports writer for The Patriot prior to that, gave no reason for leaving.

He said he would pursue other interests but not in news.

Reilly came to WHP radio as a capitol correspondent in 1984, moving to television about a year later, first as a reporter, then as anchor where she is assigned now to the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

She said she has been thinking about leaving "for quite some time," and that writing fiction "is something I've always wanted to do."

Her single-year contract ends June 30, she said. A replacement has not been named.

Steve Hunsicker, WHP news director, said in a prepared statement to the rest of the news staff, "I'm quite sorry to announce that Kathy Reilly has decided to leave Newsight 21 at the end of her contract.

"Kathy has been a loyal employee and her presence will be missed not only by our viewers, but also in the newsroom.

"She has decided to devote her efforts to writing full time. She will continue here until the end of June.

"I'm sure I speak for all of you in wishing Kathy the best," Hunsicker said.

Reilly said she intends to remain in the Harrisburg area for the immediate future, and may work in selected free-lance capacities in radio or television.

During hers and Carroll's tenures at WHP, the station won a first place award from the Associated Press for spot news coverage of the Camp Hill prison riots, and another AP award for coverage of the Bud Dwyer suicide.

Prior to coming to WHP, Reilly worked for radio in Hackettstown, N.J. and Easton. She is a 1982 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a degree in broadcast journalism.

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