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Farewell, Amy

May 19, 2012

It was 7:03 a.m., and I was in the world of dreams. A hard knock on my door woke me up, and I heard my dad shout from outside my room that this morning was Amy Robach’s last day on the “Today” show. I jumped out of bed and ran to the closest television, flipped on NBC, and watched one of my favorite NBC journalists anchor her last Saturday morning news program.

Approximately 40 minutes later, Robach said goodbye to the “Today” team, the crew, and viewers. They played a clip of her most memorable interviews and moments with the program, a few tears were shed, and the show ended, as did Robach’s time at “Today.”

I love the “Today” show, as most people I meet know. About five years ago, my then-favorite television journalist of all time Campbell Brown bid farewell to “Today,” and I was a wreck. I’m talking tears, ladies and gentlemen; I cried. And yelled a lot. Then, Amy Robach replaced Brown, and I became a fan again.

Four years ago, during my freshman year of high school, I dragged my parents and brother to “Weekend Today.” I brought a freshly drawn sign that said ‘Amy Robach, Ann Curry, and Natalie Morales are my role models,’ just hoping they would all see it and want to meet me. It was definitely a true statement though; as an aspiring journalist, I looked up to the females on my favorite news program. And I am happy to report that I did indeed meet Amy Robach on March 29, 2008, as you’ll see below.

I met Amy Robach on March 29, 2008. That spring break trip to New York City was probably the highlight of my year.

My family woke up bright and early on a Saturday morning and walked down to Rockefeller Center. We stood there, in the cold, while the show commenced. There were reports about the presidential election, seasonal allergies, and vacuum cleaners. It was so cold that one of the behind-the-scenes guys brought me hot chocolate because my legs were shaking so much. But, at 9 a.m., the show ended, and Robach and substitute anchor Peter Alexander walked outside to greet some of the viewers shivering on the plaza. One of the behind-the-scenes guys who talked to my dad and knew I wanted to meet Robach pointed her in my direction. She read my sign and took a picture with me! (The day before, I met Ann Curry, who read my sign, hugged me, and took a picture with me, but meeting Robach was awesome still). I learned a lesson that day: talk to the guys behind-the-scenes; that could mean the difference between a picture with your role model and a picture of your role model.

Anyway, back to present day. So today, on the 19th day of May 2012, Robach left “Today.” As I watched the clips of her time on the program, I realized 1) her position at the program and network led to some incredible interviews and the job looks freaking amazing, and 2) I need to watch the news more. When Brown left, I recognized a majority of the clips they showed; I actually woke up every weekend to watch the show. Today, I choose instead to sleep in on weekends and don’t set an alarm during the week (during summer, anyway; during the school year, I had class). The news affects us whether we notice it or not, and being informed is essential to being a well-rounded and good world citizen.

So, Amy Robach, best of luck to you in all of your future endeavors. I will miss watching you on “Today,” for I always enjoyed your reports. But as the von Trapp family likes to say, “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye / Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye!”


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