Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 6, 2013
KEYE’s Katherine Stolp wrapped up a nearly six-year stint at the city’s CBS affiliate this week, but she’s not going far.
Stolp, who anchored the station’s weekend newscasts, is headed to Silicon Labs, where she’ll handle community relations, as well as employee communications and engagement efforts.
"I’ll have the chance to use my community connections to help build Silicon Labs’ brand," she said. "Silicon Labs is an Austin success story – the largest homegrown semiconductor company in town. I’m looking forward to showing the community how crucial the company is to this city and the tech industry."
Stolp, who grew up in Austin, says leaving TV news was a "hard decision," but she’s excited about her new gig.
"After nearly a decade in the TV business, I’m ready for a new challenge," she said. "I’ve learned a lot at KEYE, but the challenges at this new position will help me grow in ways that wouldn’t have happened at KEYE.
"I’ll miss my co-workers the most. I’ve known Judy Maggio since I was a 17-year-old intern at KVUE. She has been a friend and mentor ever since. It will be different not hearing her contagious laugh every week."
The feedback from viewers – good and bad – will be missed, as well, Stolp says.
"The viewers have been incredible," she said. "Their words of encouragement and even constructive criticism made me feel accepted. I was promoted to weekend anchor when I was pretty young and they helped me believe in myself from the start. I’m forever grateful for their support."
Bottom line, Stolp says she feels incredibly fortunate to be able to stay in her hometown.
"I fall more in love with Austin every year," she said. "To anchor in such a dynamic, booming city has been wonderful. I remember telling my friends at Austin High I would come back to my hometown to be a news reporter. It felt good to accomplish that goal, especially in my favorite city."