Six-year Pittsburgh television personality Brittny McGraw has met a “lot of great people” in Pittsburgh, as she’s “had an opportunity to volunteer and partner with a lot of community organizations to make a difference.”
That’s why it was a hard decision for her to leave the Steel City. But, as McGraw professed, and as many in the media profession know, sometimes you have to take that “leap of faith, which can advance you and put you in a position for greater things.”
November 29 was McGraw’s final day at WPXI-TV (Channel 11), where she was a weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter. Come Dec. 20, she will anchor at least the 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. weekday newscasts on WSLS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Roanoke, Va.
McGraw, whose on-air stops also include New Bern, N.C., and Dayton, Ohio, said the experience gained in a sizable market like Pittsburgh helped propel her to this new opportunity. Generally, anchoring a newscast daily during the late afternoon and evening, as well as the late-night news (11 p.m. ET), has more “status” for anchors, and are usually the highest-paid anchors at the station.
McGraw is also originally from Charlotte, so the move to Roanoke places her only three hours from home.
“I was looking for opportunities to advance my career and I had looked at several stations,” McGraw told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview. “I interviewed (at WSLS) in November, met the people at the station, I seemed to be a perfect fit for what they were looking for. Everything just felt right. This is the place where I am meant to be.”
McGraw’s favorite stories during her time at WPXI-TV were the fun ones—the Penguins winning Stanley Cups, the Steelers in the playoffs, and “when the Pirates were in the playoffs, now that was a lot of fun. Everybody gets into it,” McGraw said.
McGraw told the Courier she is having a private gathering this weekend in Pittsburgh with friends and supporters before she heads to Roanoke for good. McGraw says she leaves for a new beginning, with no regrets. “It’s important to know your worth, know your talents, and know your abilities,” McGraw told the Courier. “And you may be in a situation that’s a comfortable situation. But sometimes you have to take that leap of faith.”
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