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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.”

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KimZ'sPackage

March 8th, 2011
10:54 am

She ain’t HOT like Suchita that is for sure. I really would like what happened with Suchita. She was one beautiful woman.

Diego

March 8th, 2011
1:06 pm

Where is Suchita?

Rissasmom

March 8th, 2011
1:10 pm

Glad she’s coming back.

Chelle

March 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

I don’t remember her but WELCOME BACK TO THE A.T.L.

Joanna

March 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

I stopped watching the show after Gurvir left. It lost a lot of polish and quality after that point. Welcome back, Gurvir!

Sentence

March 8th, 2011
1:13 pm

This sentence can NOT be correct: “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 Tuesday morning.

She’s just a morning anchor at the Fox affiliate on Tuesday morning? Or did she just make the quoted statement ON Tuesday morning? …or is the FOX affiliate known as ‘Tuesday morning’? Who let this go to print?

Kapoonka

March 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

She’s solid, and every bit as pretty as Suchita. I always did like her…This was a brilliant idea….she can actually fill the omni-present void left by Suchita’s departure. That show has been absolutely awful with Stacy Elgin…completely out of her element.

Ben

March 8th, 2011
1:19 pm

descent…oops

Kat

March 8th, 2011
1:20 pm

Sentence: Is this all you have time for. Obviously, she said it on Tuesday morning. Keep in mind that this is a blog!

SJ

March 8th, 2011
1:27 pm

My mornings just got better already! The other replacement wasn’t a good fit. Maybe she should do celeb gossip.

Keisha

March 8th, 2011
1:28 pm

Welcome back, Gurvir! We missed you.

Cricket Anyone?

March 8th, 2011
1:28 pm

@Ben – I’m Indian and I found your comment funny as I took it as the joke you intended it to be! So carry on!

Willona Woods

March 8th, 2011
1:28 pm

Welcome back, Gurvir! I’m glad she’s returning. She was very likeable and a great fit for Atlanta mornings.
@Sentence: Hilarious! Thanks for that laugh.

Paula

March 8th, 2011
1:39 pm

Welcome Back Gurvir! I really liked her back then and am really glad to see her returning. I just wish Mark Hayes would go away – he is BIG part of the reason I quit watching GDA.

UMMM

March 8th, 2011
1:39 pm

What will happen to Karen?

KimZ'sPackage

March 8th, 2011
1:40 pm

If you think this woman is close to being as Beautiful as Suchita you need some glasses. Suchita was Smoking Hot wearing a Sweat Shirt, Sweat Pants, and Uggs.

Boywonder

March 8th, 2011
1:42 pm

Yup!

For it was the 7-11’s; then the dry cleaners, next the liquor stores and NOW! – The cutesy morning bobble head on Wake Me Up TV.

They’re taking all the good jobs I tell ya!

martin

March 8th, 2011
1:43 pm

The worst morning show in Atlanta. Get rid of the guy!

Ken

March 8th, 2011
1:43 pm

Welcome back, G! Remember you from way back in Jackson, Miss! hugs :-)

Theresa

March 8th, 2011
1:46 pm

How could anyone NOT remember Gurvir!?!?! She was Hosting GDA during the infamous “Grape Lady” news reporter falls while she is stomping grapes.
I will NEVER forget that morning! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

SafenSound

March 8th, 2011
1:46 pm

I’m glad Gurvir’s coming back! She and Mark were great together. Welcome back Gurvir!!

Gettin' Wiggy With It...

March 8th, 2011
1:51 pm

Gurvir, I never forgot about you, woman! I’m SO glad you’re coming back!!!!! You’ve been missed!

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Kitt

March 8th, 2011
1:55 pm

I’m so glad she’s coming BACK!!!! I love her!! Love Suchitha too.

Sorry to say it, but I agree...

March 8th, 2011
1:55 pm

Stacy Elgin is a sweetheart, but she’s much better as a fun-loving roving reporter than as a real news anchor. I’m relieved to see that her time at the news desk was only temporary!

Lucky Chucky

March 8th, 2011
2:04 pm

Man, I’m glad she is coming back. She was the best…great personality and smart.

reader

March 8th, 2011
2:05 pm

Stacy Elgin has the personality of a door. That dork before her was a better road warrior.

fes

March 8th, 2011
2:07 pm

great news. maybe they’ll get rid of karen graham now.

Linda

March 8th, 2011
2:10 pm

Enter your comments hereDidn’t like Gurvir when she was here before. Jeff Hill is as boring as watching paint dry. This show needs HELP in a major way.

Lucy

March 8th, 2011
2:13 pm

Love Gurvir!!
welcome back!!!

Mr. Laidback

March 8th, 2011
2:18 pm

I love her!! Granted Suchita was hot to look at, but she I think she was a B in person.. I know that sounds horrible..Am I the only one that got the vibe that off the air her and Mark hated each other, lol. But welcome back Gurvir!!

UMMM

March 8th, 2011
2:18 pm

ummm…what about Karen…was she not pretty enough?

UMMM

March 8th, 2011
2:19 pm

ummm…What did happen with Suchita anyway?

dood

March 8th, 2011
2:20 pm

Bring the hottie Suchita back, and get rid of that oinker Cheryl White. If she gets any larger I’ll need a projector in my room to watch the weather.

gapeachmommiof3

March 8th, 2011
2:21 pm

What’s going to happen to Karen Graham???

UMMM

March 8th, 2011
2:22 pm

ummm…I heard Charlie Sheen was available…maybe he can replace Mark Hayes…That would be ATL’s top morning show of all time!!! lol

Mr. Laidback

March 8th, 2011
2:24 pm

Yall are so funny…I like Cheryl…the weather lady is a hottie for an older chick!!. Jeff Hill has a dry sense of humor..like your uncle that sits around and just tells boring stories…

Mr. Laidback

March 8th, 2011
2:25 pm

I think she got tired of Mark..he looks like he could be such a big A hole!

It's Tuesday

March 8th, 2011
2:27 pm

AWESOME!!!! She was also here when that infamous Chateau Elan segment aired that was later parodied by Family Guy.

J. Redd

March 8th, 2011
2:29 pm

I’ll reserve comment until I see her work.

viewer

March 8th, 2011
2:36 pm

Lois Lane

March 8th, 2011
2:36 pm

I remember her. Welcome back Gurvir . Stacy Elgin doesn’t look comfortable stuck in the studio. I’m ready for her to get back to her Road Warrior duties

Hooray!

March 8th, 2011
2:41 pm

Hooray! I’m glad she’s back and enjoy the show. I watched her in Mississippi and in Atlanta. Welcome back!

dood. That was horrible

March 8th, 2011
2:41 pm

I LOVED SUCHITA, MARK, CHERYL, AND JEFF. THEY CAME ACROSS AS GOOD FRIENDS ON AND OFF THE AIR. LET KAREN STAY FROM 8-10AM(YOU SHOULD BE AT WORK ANYWAY). I STOPPED WATCHING AFTER SUCHITA LEFT. IT ISN’T THE SAME.

dood

March 8th, 2011
2:42 pm

that Chateau Elan segment is priceless. I haven’t seen it in awhile but I think I’m due for a replay.
The greatest thing about that clip is the people in the studio, you know they were holding back the laughs, they had to be!
Can someone tell me what happened to that lady who fell? Rodney? Can you do a “Whatever happened to” segment?

GeorgiaBorn

March 8th, 2011
2:44 pm

Well maybe I will start watching again, because I just can’t stomach Karen Graham after what she said about the Virginia Humane Society director when her dog died accidentally. The dog (which was 14 years old and a rescue dog) was put in the director’s car by her husband to take to work. He neglected to tell her and the dog was in the car most of the day in the summer heat. It died. The Humane Society Director was devastated. Karen Graham, when talking about the story with Mark Hayes one morning commented, “Yea, and she was the one throwing daggers at Michael Vick, and now look what she’s done to her dog”. Mark Hayes didn’t bother to point out that what Vick did was intentional and what happened to her dog was an accident. Jeff Hill also kept his mouth shut but Cheryl (traffic) pointed out that this was accidental. I just can’t even look at Karen Graham without thinking of her insensitive, idiotic, Michael Vick loving comment. I haven’t watched the morning show since she replaced Suchita. Good riddance Karen!

Orlando

March 8th, 2011
2:45 pm

I remeber Gurvir, she was aaiight… They should have bought back Janet Smith

BS Translator

March 8th, 2011
2:47 pm

“Coming back to Atlanta has crossed my mind many times over the years.”

Translation: $150K/year doesn’t go very far in D.C.

RayStantz

March 8th, 2011
2:52 pm

I used to call her Eddie Munster, lol.

I miss Suchita; has definitely not been the same since she left. Besides Mark and Jeff, the crew they got on their now can go.

I don’t think Stacy has chemistry with anyone and she is terrible at being the Road Warrior. IMO, She is the one i think everyone didn’t like.

alan

March 8th, 2011
2:56 pm

So Gurvir Dhindsa is returning. Great news maybe I watch the show again.. She was fun to watch, good sense of humor and easy going. I’ll always remember the incident with Gurvir and Paul Osman when he mentioned Chia Pes and she had never heard of it. He brought in a couple of the m and she had a good laugh.