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Portia Young, who has been on WISN-TV Ch. 12 for the past 10 years, said farewell to her viewers on Sunday.

Young leaves WISN-TV; Strini exits TCD


Through media, relationships are built. Some households have long-standing traditions on what TV channel they watch, or articles they read.

It can be part of the routine, that you attach yourself with the personality of the people bringing you the news each morning before work. Or, that you find yourself following a like-minded person writing an advance or critique of a performance.

This weekend, two members of the local media moved on.

PORTIA YOUNG: The morning anchor on WISN-TV Ch. 12 has spent the past 10 years working in the studio and reporting in the field at the ABC affiliate. On Sunday, she offered this goodbye on-air:

"Today is my last day at Channel 12," Young wrote on Facebook. "I will try to hold it together at the end of the show, but I can't make promises because all of you in S.E. Wisconsin have made this past decade the best one of my life. Thank you."

When asked about what she will be doing next, she only said that she can't say now, but she will keep people posted. "Hugs to you all, but I cannot say where I'm going just yet. In due time. Just know I have put God first and my family second. I'm happy and that means you should be too," she wrote.

"Portia resigned her position to pursue other opportunities," said Jan Wade, WISN president and general manager. "We thank her for her contributions to the station over the years and wish her success in her future."

The station plans to start the search for Young's replacement immediately. In the meantime, morning reporter Hillary Mintz will be filling in on the anchor desk on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

TOM STRINI: If you followed the arts, performance and culture community in the past three decades, chances are pretty good that you've come across more than a few of his bylines.

In 2009, Strini left the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to become a partner of Third Coast Digest, an online site that's now known as Third Coast Daily. As he put it in his last article, "the TCD chapter closes for me on Sept. 2."

In his farewell, he said that he'd like to continue to teach, as well as get back into song writing. I asked him if there were any projects that may have been on the back burner that he is looking forward to working on.

"I want to develop a third course for UWM's Honors College (current ones are Seeing Hearing Writing: The High Art Western Tradition in Music and Dance and The American Songbook 1920-1960)," he said. "The new one might focus on ballet and modern dance history."

Strini also mentioned that he has some friends in commercial music that he'd like to bounce some ideas off of. He also said he may go the business route and seek a spot in advertising or corporate communications.

"And I intend to take some guitar lessons with Chris Hanson to get my chops up and maybe play a gig here and there," he said.

Talkbacks

Steppinout55 | Sept. 4, 2013 at 2:39 p.m. (report)

I agree that Young will be missed. She was down to earth and real. I agree that Marianne Lyles seems argumentative and competitive to the other news anchors that work with her and it's not a competition. I feel she is trying to hard to fit in and she needs to calm down. It seem like she is trying to prove herself and we know that will take time and she appears to be on the young side so she has a lot to learn. I don't blame Young for leaving especially if she was on weekdays and now she got put on weekends, then yeah?! It don't seem like there is any room to grow. Young has the experience and she is good at what she does so I hope for the very best for her job endeavors and hope for the best for her family especially her little girl Tatum.

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JustinJohnson79 | Sept. 3, 2013 at 11:44 p.m. (report)

On what canvas of reality are you drawing this behind the scenes drama?

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snoopy12 | Sept. 3, 2013 at 5:38 p.m. (report)

Extremely sad to see Portia leave Channel 12. She was a major part of the morning team, that will definitely be missed. Best of luck to her and her future career plans. Perhaps Jan Wade and Chris Gegg should have treated her better, instead of pushing her from weekdays to weekends. Marianne Lyles seems to be able to do no wrong -- talk over her co-anchors, cuts off people mid sentence, rude to Sally, etc. She is very unprofessional. Watch some video Jan and Chris and see what the viewer sees every morning. It is pretty obvious that 12 would rather lose a valued member of their team instead of listening to the viewers and what we want. I just hope that 12 realizes that viewers watch what is going on, and we have the power to react. Extremely disappointed in 12's management for this entire mess. (btw, Jason doesn't look too happy being back in the morning either.)

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