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Former WSB-TV anchor JaQuitta Williams returns to TV, moves to CBS Atlanta

jaquitta WilliamsAfter an 18-month break, former WSB anchor JaQuitta Williams is back on TV news, this time with CBS Atlanta starting today.

[CLARIFICATION on July 8: Williams was on the 4, 6 and 11 p.m. news July 7 to introduce herself. This item earlier had it stated she'd be working those newscasts. News director Steve Schwaid said her schedule has not been clarified yet.)

"At events, people would bombard me with questions," she said. "They'd ask me, 'When are you coming back? We miss you so much. We miss your smile.' "

She said she needed the time away from broadcast news to try other things after her breast cancer treatment but decided "to just stop running away from TV news and instead, run towards it. This is the right time for this opportunity."

Steve Schwaid, the news director, said she will be doing reporting and anchoring. He said with the addition of a 5 p.m. newscast this fall, she will be part of that mix for sure. More details, he said, will be forthcoming.

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He and Williams have been talking about doing something for months, he said.

“She brings all the energy, the excitement and local knowledge, everything we could want,” he said.

Williams will also do a “Closeups”-type specials, he added.

Stephany Fisher has been doing solo anchoring at 11 p.m. since Bill Gaines abruptly quit last year.

Williams worked at WSB from 2004 to 2008 as a reporter and weekend anchor.  An Augusta native, she had breast cancer in 2007 but was able to recover fully.  She told me in 2008 that journey led her to depart at the time. Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote on this blog at the time:

“When I came back from my cancer journey in January, I was different, ” she said. “I wanted my life to be more enjoyable. I wanted to do other things.”

While thinking about staying or going, she looked for signs. She found two: her Blackberry stopped working, then her laptop was stolen out of the WSB-TV van while she covered a church fire.

Ultimately, she had nothing but good things to say about WSB itself and was appreciative that they let her tell her breast cancer story on air. (Essence magazine has a story about her in October’s issue.)

Williams said she has a new job lined up but with respect to WSB, won’t reveal what it is until after she leaves.

Better yet, she noted: “I am cancer free. My last mammogram in August was clean. I’m in a wonderful place. I’m so excited!”

According to her online bio, her favorite moments have been interviewing the late legendary R&B singer James Brown and meeting with former V-103er Robin Roberts, now “Good Morning America” host. Both were diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2007 and had surgery, chemo and radiation at the same time.

She has been acting, singing and doing free-lance work since she left the station. I ran into her last year when she worked on “Musical Theater of Hope,” a project actor/producer Robert Townsend put together. It aired on the Gospel Music Channel.

Williams has also done some acting jobs with Tyler Perry for “House of Payne” and an upcoming episode of “Meet the Browns.” She’s worked with Home Depot on some projects, as well as playwright Kenny Leon.

If you’d like to reach out to Williams directly, her work email is Jaquitta.Williams@cbsatlanta.com.

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hammer

July 7th, 2010
10:46 am

congrats and welcome back, beautiful woman hope her health is good.

The Real Fan

July 7th, 2010
11:00 am

Glad to see her back. A real class act!

Pryncess

July 7th, 2010
11:01 am

Thank God for her healing!! Welcome back JaQuitta. CBS Atlanta is blessed to have you.

stilldefiant

July 7th, 2010
11:02 am

Congrats JaQuitta!

Orlando

July 7th, 2010
11:06 am

Welcome back JaQuitta, your smile was missed.

Tinytam

July 7th, 2010
11:10 am

Welcome back Ms. Williams! So glad you have come through to this point with cancer and I look forward to seeing you on TV again very soon. All the best!!

EM

July 7th, 2010
11:15 am

Congrat JaQuitta. I was hoping to see you in the Atlanta market again. :-)

J-J

July 7th, 2010
11:15 am

Welcome back JaQuitta, missed your pretty smile. GOD IS GOOD

Kevin

July 7th, 2010
11:18 am

Congratulations and welcome back, Ms. Williams.

I was familiar with Ms. Williams years ago when she was an reporter at WBIR in my home town of Knoxville. She was a class act then, and she’s one today. I wish you much success, happiness, and continued health.

Rob from Cobb

July 7th, 2010
11:21 am

JaQuitta is a straight up HOTTIE. When she was doing the news I never listened, just stared and drooled. Glad to see she is making a big comeback.

TV lover

July 7th, 2010
11:28 am

It is a shame to see WSB lose so many talented people.

ziza

July 7th, 2010
11:29 am

very very glad to see Jaquitta Williams back in the Atlanta news market. a real class act. indeed thank God for her healing!!

jasme

July 7th, 2010
11:31 am

now that’s what I’m talking about. WGCL has moved up another notch

GA DAWG

July 7th, 2010
11:32 am

Welcome back JaQuitta!! Your fellow Savannah State University Alum is very proud of you. We love you sweetie. Nothing but high ratings for CBS News!!!!!!!!!!!

Wanda

July 7th, 2010
11:36 am

I am so glad she is back. What a sweet lady. I met her at the Braves games last year when they had Breast Cancer day.

Roxie

July 7th, 2010
11:48 am

God is so good .It is great to hear that you are back on the air.

LaQuesha

July 7th, 2010
11:49 am

Welcome back, Sweet thing! So happy to see your smile on my TV again. It has missed your pretty face. :-)

Gwen

July 7th, 2010
12:00 pm

Welcome back to the air. I am excited to see you again. I will be following you to CBS. My twins attended Savannah State after you left but I am still loyal to you. Hang in there.

Who_Really_Cares_Who_I_Am?

July 7th, 2010
12:08 pm

Loved her at WSB- but I have been watching GCL for a few months…she will be a welcome addition (as I still prefer WSB but can’t get it on one of the TVs!)

Ron

July 7th, 2010
12:09 pm

Welcome back you beautiful african american queen. I missed you so much. I saw you sing the national anthem at an Atlanta Dream game a couple of years ago. You blew my mind away. God bless and be blessed!

Kapoonka

July 7th, 2010
12:16 pm

Jaquitta, I wish you the best. You will do well, and now I have a legitimate reason to watch 46.

TheStandard

July 7th, 2010
12:19 pm

CBS46 has added some much needed class!

Peachz

July 7th, 2010
12:29 pm

YES!!! I am so glad to see JaQuitta coming back. Beautiful personality, and smile. WSB TV’s lost.

tpm

July 7th, 2010
12:31 pm

Welcome back Jaquitta

Ms.Simon

July 7th, 2010
12:35 pm

Congratulations and welcome back :0

myra

July 7th, 2010
12:36 pm

Ch.46 has just taken another step to be real. Now treat her right and get the story.

Tracy Sipp

July 7th, 2010
12:51 pm

Jaquitta is such a beautiful person. And when you talk with her shes such an inspiration and real encouragement. We hope CBS understands the kind of quality report/anchor they now have. She’s very geniune from the heart. I will be tuning in to watch her.

Valerie Billings

July 7th, 2010
12:54 pm

Congrats! Welcome back! :)

DW

July 7th, 2010
12:54 pm

Welcome back, Ms. Williams!

Mizz Rose

July 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

JaQuitta, Sooooooooooooooooo happy to know you are doing well, I started watching CBS Atlanta awhile back, love the Tough Questtions segment, now we get to see you, God Bless you and your family and keep up the good work.

lary coleman

July 7th, 2010
1:11 pm

Welcome back JaQuitta. I have always admired your grace.

K.O

July 7th, 2010
1:22 pm

I’m a big fan as well. Have a question. In all seriousness was her first name pronounced JA-QEET-AH when she was younger and once she got into journalism went with JA-QUIT-AH to sound less ghetto. I’ve always wondered that.

DANN FINKLEA

July 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

Many blessings always your smile is one of a kind!

Angela

July 7th, 2010
1:26 pm

God is good! Thank Him for His healing power. It’s good to see Ms. Williams back. I have often wondered what she has been up to. It will be good to see her on tv news again. Welcome back.

a guy

July 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

OH MY GOODNESS!!! IM SORRY GUYS JAQUITTA IS SO BEAUTIFUL(not trying to sound sexist or cheapen the celebration), I AM HAPPY TO HEAR THIS.. I WILL BE WATCHING CBS FROM NOW ON!!!

John-Que

July 7th, 2010
1:35 pm

JAQUITTA WILLIAMS, I thank God for sending you back for our viewing pleasure! CBS Atlanta is getting one of the most intoxicating smile known to man. I’m looking forward to seeing your beautiful God sent spirit again. He is truly an awesome God. Trust in Him and allow Him to direct your path dear.

Will Bates

July 7th, 2010
1:40 pm

Congrats, JaQuitta!!! I’m so proud of you!!!

And to answer K.O’s post above, her name has always been Ja-Quit-Ah (as you spelled it). I’ve been knowing her since we were in the 6th grade. For the record, neither she or her name is ghetto.

Eraserhead

July 7th, 2010
1:56 pm

JaQuitta is a great addition to Channel 46 who also has one beautiful smile!

Kimy

July 7th, 2010
1:56 pm

I am excited just to see you are back ! God Bless You Always.

pmuckle

July 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

Yeah Quetta is back!!!!

JaQuitta's Mother

July 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

Thanks to everyone for supporting my daughter with your up-lifting encouraging postive remarks…that is what she needs ..however to KO who commented about her name …..I say to YOU, sweetheart …GET A LIFE!

MBD

July 7th, 2010
2:11 pm

JaQuitta, I am so happy that you are returning to the local news. Your smile has definitely been missed. I will be watching CBS from now on. Congratulations and best wishes.

Oh No He Di Ent

July 7th, 2010
2:16 pm

Until Dagmar does the weather topless I see no reason to watch that station.

Shaquandralishanickra

July 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

KO – whut rong wid ha name?

jroll1

July 7th, 2010
2:19 pm

SO GLAD TO BE ABLE TO SEE THAT BEAUTIFUL SMILING FACE AGAIN. MAN, HAVE I MISSED YOU Q’

John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith

July 7th, 2010
2:38 pm

Rodney: who was the tall skinny black man that talked like Kermit the Frog, who is no longer on the air? They should bring him back!

Patrice

July 7th, 2010
2:46 pm

So glad you’ll be back. You will truly be an asset.

Marsha

July 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

So glad you’re back! Congrats, my friend! Your smile and energy was definitely missed.

Doktur Phil

July 7th, 2010
2:49 pm

I agree with Oh No He Di Ent – Dagmar topless would get me to watch! :)

SSC Alumn

July 7th, 2010
3:04 pm

JaQuitta, welcome back!!! You have been missed.