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Gurvir Dhindsa returns to ‘Good Day Atlanta’ as host

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Gurvir Dhindsa returns as co-host of “Good Day Atlanta,” a job she last held from 1997 to 2000.

She replaces Suchita Vadlamani, who left in December after eight years with no explanation. Dhindsa will start again at “Good Day Atlanta” March 28 and be at the anchor desk with Mark Hayes from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays. (Newsblues.com, a subscription-based broadcast news site, broke the news.)

“Coming back to Atlanta has crossed my mind many times over the years,” Dhindsa said from Washington D.C., where she is a morning anchor at the Fox affiliate. “I’ve often said ‘Good Day Atlanta’ was the best job I ever had.”

She said she left in 2000 because she felt it was important to be an evening anchorperson in a major market. She got that opportunity at the CBS affiliate in D.C.  A talent consultant warned her at the time that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. But Dhindsa said she felt like she had to do it. In the end, the talent consultant was right: “I made really good money but that was about it.”

She spent four years at WUSA-TV until the affiliate had a “housecleaning” and her contract was not renewed. She landed at the D.C. Fox affiliate at WTTG-TV in mornings, where she has spent the past seven years. It was a pay cut, but she preferred the challenges of doing mornings, where she’s talking about Libya and political wranglings early on, then juggling cooking segments and celebrity interviews an hour later.

“I am a morning person,” she said. She said she figured she’d live out the rest of career in D.C. but then she had twins in 2008. With family in Tennessee, the tug of the South beckoned.

When she heard about the WAGA-TV opening, she approached her boss at WTTG-TV in D.C. and told him her intentions. Though she was still under contract there, her boss was understanding.

Given her popularity in Atlanta during her time here, it was an easy decision for both WAGA-TV management and Dhindsa. And her husband, Tom Sater, a meteorologist who is currently freelancing, may have more opportunities in Atlanta, especially since the Weather Channel is based here.

“I’m really excited about it,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t wait!”

In a way, she added, “it’s like putting on my favorite pair of boots that have been re-soled!”

Angeline Hartmann, who worked mornings at WAGA while Dhindsa was there and now produces and reports for “America’s Most Wanted” in  D.C., said Dhindsa has a Katie Couric quality about her. “She always had a girl-next-door feel,” Hartmann said. “Women weren’t threatened by her.  She could be their best friend. She loved being in Atlanta. That came across on the television. People could sense that.”

Proving that YouTube has anything and everything, here is a ten-minute sampler of her on “Good Day Atlanta” in 1997 on the fifth-anniversary of the show.

And she also pops up at the end of this classic video of a WAGA-TV reporter who fell out of a grape-stomping container. This moment was later mocked by “Family Guy.”

111 comments Add your comment

Bwana

March 8th, 2011
2:57 pm

I’m glad this lady is coming back to ATL. I always liked her when she was here before. She is from Nashville, TN i think. Where is “Suchi” gone to? I like the Fox 5 morning show. I think they all get along great and i enjoy watching them.

People I would enjoy seeing Leaving FOX 5

March 8th, 2011
2:59 pm

FOX5 Good Day Atlanta will also suck as long as Mark (No Talent) Hayes is there along with 2 ton Cheryl White. Mark Hayes is the Cancer of FOX5.

SouthernBelle

March 8th, 2011
3:04 pm

So with Gurvir coming back to Atlanta. I really don’t think she is that great. BUT that is my opinion. The last I heard was that she was pregnant and it was with Holly’s ex-husband, Tom. Holly was my favorite next to Allison. Gurvir just has no personality.
good bye, Good Day Atlanta.
Hello WSB

PrettyRed

March 8th, 2011
3:05 pm

Wahoo! I’m too happy for words. I love Gurvir and I’m glad that Suchita left. Karen is also getting on my nerves, she has to go!

Welcome back Gurvir, I can’t wait to see you on the set again, you really made it fun and enjoyable to watch.

mel

March 8th, 2011
3:07 pm

Love her! So glad she’s coming back! Great replacement!

Reeves Carroll

March 8th, 2011
3:07 pm

I really miss Suchita in the AM. I am a very early morning person and enjoyed her so much. She had
personality, great looks, and I looked forward to her attire every day. Where ever she is I wish her the
best because she deserves it.

Suchita Rocks

March 8th, 2011
3:08 pm

Loved Gurvir and so glad she is coming back but miss Suchita BIG TIME!!!

Gigithebartender

March 8th, 2011
3:12 pm

Suchita said something big was in the works but probably had a clause in her contract that prohibits her from being seen or interviewed in the Atl for 6-12 mos. I love Cheryl because she is a real woman and is not a skinny young stupid chick like all on CbsAtlanta. But Stacy irritates me soooooo in either role. I just wish Karen would do the sports and shut up about all else. I like the dynamic between Cheryl, Mark and Jeff. Mark is crazy and Jeff is dry but funny too. Cheryl is real. I hope Gurvir is cool. This cast represents a little of everyone here in Atlanta. Every color, shape, and personality….

juan carlos diego raul sanchez

March 8th, 2011
3:17 pm

Suchita sucked – what does FOX have against blonde hotties…man they sure hate white people

rim1one

March 8th, 2011
3:22 pm

Hopefully, Gurvir has learned to pronounce names up in D.C.

rim1one

March 8th, 2011
3:22 pm

This is Atlanta.

SWAT Native

March 8th, 2011
3:30 pm

I’m glad Gurvir is coming back. I’ve been a GDA viewer for a long time and I remember her being good on the show when she was on. I agree with others that I have not been able to watch the show since Suchita left. I liked Karen Graham better as a sports reporter; I’m happy for her that she got to advance, but I don’t think she has the presence to carry a show yet. Besides, that show is on so long that they need a rotating cast, so there’s still room to add Gurvir to the mix and keep Karen.

But, I still miss Suchita. Gurvir is a pretty lady in a non-threatening way (which I guess makes her more appealing to women), but Suchita is a rare beauty.

Lee

March 8th, 2011
3:32 pm

Gurvir was good but she’s no Suchita. Suchita was the best there is, the best there was and the best there will be. She has no peers and she is so utterly beautiful. GDA has stunk since her departure; hopefully, she’ll take Jill Becker’s place when she leaves 11 Alive.

Mimi

March 8th, 2011
3:45 pm

Gene-

March 8th, 2011
3:48 pm

I leased an apartment to Gurvir when she first came to Atlanta to do “Good Day Atlanta” and I will tell you she is a very sweet and sincere person. I started watching the show during that period and stopped after she left. I am so glad she is back. Welcome back to Atlanta.

J-pooh

March 8th, 2011
3:59 pm

I’m glad G is coming back. Would be happier if Stacey had a behind the scene spot…… way behind.

Suchita Vadlamani

March 8th, 2011
4:00 pm

That BeOtch took my job but I took her man!!

Randall Mimbs

March 8th, 2011
4:06 pm

All I can is its about time she came back,,,She is a special kind of lady and when she just took off she left a big gap in the Atlanta area..Welcome back…

Dr. Earl Webb

March 8th, 2011
4:16 pm

I miss Suchita; the news has definitely not been the same since she been gone. Mark and Jeff, the crew can use a little more jazz and I think Gurvir Dhindsa can add that flavor.

This is great news for me again. She has a good sense of humor and easy going. I’ll enjoy her.

Tracey

March 8th, 2011
4:22 pm

Clearly I’m in the minority but I thought Suchita had no personality or enthusiasm. Yes, she’s attractive but it takes more than that to be a good newswoman. She’s coasting by on her looks IMO. I think GDA was best when Paul Ossman and the black lady were on…can’t remember her name, she was there right before Gurvir got there. Now, they had chemistry. I wasn’t crazy about Gurvir and I don’t like Mark at all. I stopped watching when Suchita got there. Fox 5 is not good at recognizing and using their reporters’ strengths. There was a brief period where they had Dana Fowle anchoring the weekend news. You could tell she was uncomfortable and out of her element. I don’t know why she was put in that position but I felt bad for her.

Mrs. G.

March 8th, 2011
4:31 pm

She ain’t all she cracked up to be…Attitude from H#!!….

John

March 8th, 2011
4:34 pm

This is great. This gal really was cheery and comes across much more down-to-earth than Suchita (I’ve met her off-set). I remember her well in Atlanta until, boom, suddenly one day she was gone. A couple of years ago flipping channels in a D.C. area hotel one morning I caught her, and–there she was. Her and Mark (whom I’ve also met off-set and is a very down-to-earth, cheery guy) will be great again. And I do think someone with pull at Atlanta’s station must clearly like hot Indian gals. (I do too.)

MaryLou

March 8th, 2011
4:36 pm

Next they need to get rid of that Stacey road warrior girl. She has no personality at all. What happened to that other cool young guy??

Diane Strickland

March 8th, 2011
4:43 pm

So happy to hear this news. So glad she is returning. Wish maybe Mark could take her place in DC. He just seems to be so bored and can’t wait until his shift is over. Love Cheryl and Jeff.

SJ

March 8th, 2011
4:49 pm

Mark isn’t that bad. It’s really about the chemistry on that show. Suchita, Mark, Jeff, and Cheryl were a great group to watch. Furthermore, Jeff is a clown; he has his funny moment’s just look at that smirk tomorrow morning. Karen was the sports anchor for a while so you can tell she was a Vick fan. Talk about Karen, don’t go there! However, Stacy said something that was a little thoughtless one episode about the Super Bowl. She said something to the fact of painting a live parrot the Packers colors. Mark, turn around and said “Nooo, you can’t do that.” I thought that was so funny and thoughtless. But lets face it, can you get up that early and entertain millions everyday? It’s a tough job. I think they are a great crew, but the magic crew needs to stand up. The morning shows around here is “blah!”

X

March 8th, 2011
4:57 pm

Welcom Back Gurvir! Atlanta Missed you… Suchita Who… She was just a Gurvir replacement

smh

March 8th, 2011
4:57 pm

Woo Hoo!!! No more Stacy Elgin. No More Stacy Elgin. I used to watch Gurvir before and can’t wait to see her on air here in Atlanta again. yipee!!

ParQ

March 8th, 2011
4:58 pm

I loved the morning show when Guvir was there. I didn’t think it could get better until they brought in Sucita got there. The chemistry got even better. I would much rather have Sucita, but Guvir is a good replacement. That Stacy girl is HORRIBLE!!!!…even as a road warrior. I keep thinking to myself, please make this stop when her segments are on. I can’t flip the channel fast enough. Now that Brett guy was GREAT. Funny as you know what. Bring him back. I love Mark, Jeff and Cheryl. I am happy to see people of all sizes on the television. They seem like real people who get along well.

QweenB

March 8th, 2011
5:15 pm

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c mitchell

March 8th, 2011
5:15 pm

i remember her and i liked her! cool. will still miss u though Suchita.

QweenB

March 8th, 2011
5:17 pm

I love Suchita and will watch her wherever she goes but I welcome Girvir back because it was a shock when she left. I enjoy both her and Suchita.

afrosheen

March 8th, 2011
5:19 pm

Jazzy

March 8th, 2011
5:21 pm

GOOD JOB Fox 5!. So glad Gurvir is returning. I was heart broken when she left in 2000 but I got over it when Suchita came on board. I still miss Suchita but Gurvir will do just as well. She has the experience, professionalism and personality. This is a good move for Good Day Atlanta. I lost interest when Suchita left and really haven’t been watching. Now I will have a reason to watch again. Lately the show has been very boring.

godoggo

March 8th, 2011
5:27 pm

Welcome back Gurvir….she was, and is awesome. I liked Suschhhitia Vladimaranmiani, she can certainly rock a tight sweater……wish her well.

Karen needs to stick with Sports……and maybe lay off 10 to 20 of the cups of coffee a day. Just stick with 5…..She knows her Sports though.

Cheryl the weather babe is “rockin like dockin”……

Im quite certain most of your are mistaken about Stacy Elgin…..She is Journeyman……You can put her anywhere and she will work her derrière off doing a great job. In the end, she is more valuable than most.

Jeff Hill’s dry humor is hilarious is his own dorky way….love em.

I’ll bet Mark enjoyed having a Great smokin blonde up there next to him like Stacy….

Again….Welcome back Gurvir !

Real Talk

March 8th, 2011
5:48 pm

Suchita Vadlamani was so overrated…#thatisall

Brett Martin of flickedup.com

March 8th, 2011
5:56 pm

I was the Road Warrior for Good Day Atlanta from 1999 to 2007. When I first came to the station Gurvir made me feel welcome in every way. I had a young family, a son on the way, and I was overwhelmed by the demands of the job. Our desks were near each other and she always gave me a heads up on things to see and do and proper protocol at Fox 5. She was a great help to me.
I remember her last day on Good Day. In fact, she was the last anchor or personality on that show to ever be allowed to say good bye on air. There wasn’t a dry eye on the set when she said her goodbyes. It was a sad day.
As the Road Warrior I was constantly in the public eye and out in public. Years later people continued to ask me “What happened to Gurvir ?”. Well, she’s back ! That’s a good thing for the show. Gurvir is not replacing any slouch. I am a friend and colleague of Suchita Vadlamani and I believe she did a wonderful job behind the desk.
I know Mark, Jeff, and Cheryl well from my days on Good Day. Gurvir will fit right in. Having her on Good Day can only be considered a good thing for the viewing public.
Gurvir, however, will be facing challenges. When she left the show Good Day was only 7-9 am.
She’ll be working many many more hours and probably make less than what she was making before.
If anyone is up for that kind of a challenge, its Gurvir.
I really do hope things work out for her !

Brett Martin

big sidney

March 8th, 2011
5:58 pm

Stacey Elgin needs to be on a small childs type show,like sesame.

Paul

March 8th, 2011
6:14 pm

Clearly Gurvir approached FOX-5 while Suchita was still there, and Gurvir forced Suchita out. Now Suchita’s unexplained departure makes much more sense.

godoggo

March 8th, 2011
6:32 pm

Well said Brett…..well said.

Scott Anderson

March 8th, 2011
7:03 pm

Really like her and enjoyed watching her.

I will start tuning in now that she is back.

Denise

March 8th, 2011
7:23 pm

Where is Karen? I thought she was doing a good job. Goes to show what working hard for someone else will get you.

O'Hara

March 8th, 2011
7:32 pm

Thank goodness! That replacement now (Cameron Diaz uglified) is a wash-out. That girl on there now is not anchor desk material.

Jazzy Jeff

March 8th, 2011
7:51 pm

Suchita Vadlamani is so missed!!! Please come back to Atlanta TV somewhere!!!

Karen

March 8th, 2011
7:55 pm

YAY!!!!!! I AM SOOOOO GLAD GURVIR IS COMING BACK…SUCHITA IS TRULY MISSED..i HOPE SHE IS DOING WELL AND IS OKAY!!!!! i WILL START BACK WATCHING IN THE MORNINGS AGAIN BEFORE 8:00..I LOVE KAREN GRAHAM..

Atlchick

March 8th, 2011
7:59 pm

Yay Gurvir!!!! Welcome back!!!!!

Karen

March 8th, 2011
8:08 pm

Brett..Where are you? What are you doing now? You were my ABSOLUTE favorite ROAD WARRIOR..YOU are truly missed. I pray you and your family are doing well. You guys were GREAT together… I truly miss you!!!

Sounds better

March 8th, 2011
8:33 pm

Anybody notice Mark is not a nasal as he used to be. I think he got some coaching. He was the worst for taking breaths and talking through his nose.

None of the news stations in Atlanta can touch WGN in Chicago for professionalism in delivery though.

rocketfuel

March 8th, 2011
8:41 pm

I think Joanne Feldman should have been given a shot as the host.

Tami

March 8th, 2011
8:59 pm

I lost interest in GDA when I woke up one day and Brett Martin was no longer the “Road Warrior”. He always kept me laughing and in great spirits which is tough to do at 6:30am!!! BRING BACK BRETT!!!!!!!

jorge

March 8th, 2011
9:26 pm

I just love her. text me if you agree. 678.772.2402