After 33 years, KEYE’s Judy Maggio anchors her final newscast
Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 30, 2014
Judy Maggio, one of Austin’s best-known and most beloved broadcast journalists, wrapped up an amazing TV career Thursday evening, telling viewers she was “deeply grateful” they’ve invited her into their homes for the past 33 years.
Maggio, co-anchor of the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on KEYE, announced plans to retire earlier this year. She had been offered a new contract to remain with the CBS affiliate, but said she felt now was the time to “write a new chapter” in her life.
Throughout the day Thursday, the station saluted Maggio, who turned 54 this month, including a visit from Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who signed a proclamation that made May 29 “Judy Maggio Day” in Austin.
In a tearful farewell at the end of a tribute-filled 10 p.m. newscast, Maggio took a few minutes to directly address Central Texans:
“As I say good night from the anchor desk for the final time, I just want you to know my heart is full of love and gratitude,” she said. “I am deeply grateful that you all have allowed me to share your stories and deliver the news in this amazing city for more than 30 years. If it’s possible to love a place the same way you love a person, that’s how I feel about Austin and Central Texas.
“The team at KEYE has let me shine, when they are the true stars and the real talent — on and off the camera — here. I have been blessed with these co-anchors who have loved me like a sister and who have always been here for me, through thick and thin. We are family, and I do love you guys.
“I’ve always dreaded goodbyes. I don’t like the finality of goodbyes. But, you know what, I’m not going anywhere. Austin’s home. It always will be. And I only hope I can give back to this community that has given so much to me. So, I’ll just say good night and thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Maggio plans to spend the rest of the year relaxing — in her trademark flip-flops — and doing some traveling. After that, she plans to re-enter the workforce doing something that’s yet to be determined.
Best of luck, Judy!