By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 7, 2014
Today, WCTV reporter and anchor Julie Montanaro celebrates 25 years with the station. That's right, 25 years! It may be hard to believe for some, but residents of north Florida and southwest Georgia have been getting the latest news from Julie since 1989.
Julie joined WCTV not long after graduating from Syracuse University with honors and a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism. She has been a staple of WCTV and the Tallahassee community ever since.
She is known around the station for her hard work, great smile, and being an invaluable mentor to many who have come and gone from WCTV over the years, and many who are still here.
"Julie has set the bar for reporting, anchoring, representing WCTV within in the community, teaching and mentoring hundreds of young reporters, producers, photographers and news directors – truly everyone who has passed through our newsroom," said WCTV News Director, Stan Sanders. "Julie has always given us 100% and more, you can see it in every story she does and every newscast she anchors."
Julie has won numerous Associated Press Awards for her news reporting, including the prestigious "Individual Achievement Award" three times.
"The highest compliment I can pay Julie is to say that if there is ever a story that's particularly controversial, or tragic or delicate, she's the first person I'd choose to cover it. I feel she has the experience, wisdom and sensitivity to handle any story she's assigned," said another longtime WCTV anchor, Art Myers. "She cares about getting the facts straight, and making sure that people's dignity is not trampled on to get them. On top of all that, she has the creativity to make a story hold your interest. We're lucky to have her at WCTV."
Julie is known for being involved in many charities and community events. She enjoys writing, music, the great outdoors, and being with her family.
So from all of us at WCTV, thank you and congratulations, Julie, for 25 years of excellent journalism, hard work and dedicated service to the community. We're so happy to celebrate with you!
To our viewers, be sure to catch tributes to Julie all day long during our newscasts.