KOMU viewers only have a couple months left to watch TV anchor Beth Malicki on weekday broadcasts.
After six years with KOMU, Malicki, 28, will be leaving in March to fill a position at TV station KCRG, an ABC affiliate, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She said KCRG is a good opportunity because it is a leader in the local news market with lots of resources.
Over the last six years, Malicki has become a familiar face for people living in and around Columbia.
“I watch her all the time because she knows what she’s talking about and is really funny,” said Shirlene Treadwell, a resident of New Madrid. “I think we will all miss her when she goes.”
Malicki said she will miss Columbia as well but is looking to move forward in her career.
“I will miss everything about this town,” Malicki said. “On one hand it is upsetting to leave, but we wouldn’t go unless it would make a positive difference in my family’s life.”
Malicki said teaching broadcasting at the MU School of Journalism has become a big part of her life.
“I have become entrenched in teaching,” Malicki said. “I will miss working with my students; I hope they will feel the same way about me.”
Malicki also organized an investigative news team, called Target 8, for KOMU. Target 8 is a team of reporters that helps consumers. The Target 8 investigative team will continue to operate after Malicki leaves.
“Target 8 is something I’m really proud of,” Malicki said.
She said has gone through a lot with this job, including graduating from MU. “I met and married my husband and had two children while working at KOMU,” Malicki said.
Malicki started the anchor position at KOMU during her senior year at MU.
“Early in her career, we were able to move her into an important position, and she has done a great job,” said Stacey Woelfel, news director at KOMU. “She was great to work with.”
She said her decision to leave will be beneficial to KOMU as well.
“I also think it will be good for KOMU to bring new blood and fresh ideas to the station,” Malicki said.
Even so, Woelfel said her presence will be missed in Columbia.
“We — and the viewers — will be sad to see her go,” he said.