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Stacey Elgin is out as ‘Good Day Atlanta’ Road Warrior

Stacey Elgin's contract was not renewed at Fox affiliate WAGA-TV. Her last day was Sept. 8, 2011. CREDIT: WAGA-TV

Stacey Elgin's contract was not renewed at Fox affiliate WAGA-TV. Her last day was Sept. 8, 2011. CREDIT: WAGA-TV

Stacey Elgin, who has been the Fox 5 Road Warrior on “Good Day Atlanta” the past couple of years, is out. Her contract was not renewed and her final day was Thursday, Sept. 8.

I haven’t heard from her yet but on her public Facebook page at 10 p.m. tonight, she wrote: “When one door closes another one opens… right? Hope so.”

[UPDATE: 9/9/11: Stacey posted a more specific message on her Facebook page: Sadly, yesterday was my last day at Fox 5. I will terribly miss the wonderful people I worked with and meeting some of the most interesting people in our community!
We were told almost a year ago changes were on the way -- I was just a part of the change.
On a brighter note, I am so excited about what lies ahead! My husband and I are expecting twin boys in January. Yes, I was looking forward to sharing the journey with viewers on air but instead I will post here ... so stay tuned!]

As the “Road Warrior,” her job each morning was to go to a restaurant or festival or school and interact with the folks there live.

The concept has been around for years on the morning show. Mark Hyman and Brett Martin have had the jobs before Elgin.

“Good Day Atlanta,” since new management came in last fall, has been through a lot of changes. Suchita Vadlamani left late last year, replaced by Gurvir Dhindsa. Recently, Mark Hayes was taken off “Good Day Atlanta” hosting duties from 7 to 9 a.m., replaced by Buck Lanford.

Ratings for “Good Day Atlanta” from April through July, 2011 vs. April to July 2010 were pretty comparable year over year.

Elgin started her broadcast career in Savannah, before moving to Raleigh and Greensboro. She also worked as an anchor at CNN Airport Network and what was then called CNN Headline News (and is now HLN.) She joined Fox 5 as a freelancer in 2004, according to her biography on the WAGA-TV site.

Elgin is married and according to her Facebook page, she’s four months pregnant with twins.

And more from her bio:

When she’s not running around the metro area as the Road Warrior, you might find Stacey working out. Her love of exercise has pushed her to complete both the Chicago and San Diego marathons. She also spends her free time reading, traveling, making her line of handcrafted jewelry and of course watching movies!

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99 comments Add your comment

Lil' Jimmy

September 8th, 2011
10:34 pm

I’m going to miss seeing Stacey in the mornings. Absolutely beautiful.

kg

September 8th, 2011
10:50 pm

Eric

September 8th, 2011
11:52 pm

Buck’s last name is spelled Lanford, not Langford. Thought I’d point out the mistake.

Will miss Stacey too, even though I’m not a big Good Day Atlanta fan. Hope they’ll hire a new Road Worrier reporter… someone that’s very likeable, and maybe knows Atlanta and Georgia as well. Just a thought.

Brett Martin

September 9th, 2011
7:03 am

The Road Warrior position is a great gig if you can get it but its not easy. I did it for more than 7 years between 1999 and 2007. Getting up early and being ‘peppy’ at 7 am can be a challenge. I wish Stacey the best and do agree with her when she says “When one door closes another one opens”. It truly does.
B-

MJ

September 9th, 2011
7:13 am

BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tim

September 9th, 2011
7:46 am

Brett if that is really you, I still think you were the best RW ever. I was so sad when you left. What are you doing now?

Brett Martin

September 9th, 2011
7:57 am

Hi Tim. Yes, it is me and it was sad when I left. I loved that job and worked hard at it.
Thanks for the kind words. I own two media companies at the moment.
I’m a syndicated film critic
http://www.flickedup.com
I also own a video production company.
http://www.brettervideo.com

jals

September 9th, 2011
8:07 am

Terrible move by Fox 5.

mt

September 9th, 2011
8:13 am

I liked Mark Hayes. Is he still working at Fox or is he completely gone?

Rodney Ho

September 9th, 2011
8:30 am

Mark is now anchoring 5 to 7 a.m., as well as noon.

Toad

September 9th, 2011
8:46 am

Channel 5= You suck

Gloomy vibe felt by me !

September 9th, 2011
8:48 am

I thought something was going on at FOX. Everyone seemed to have a somber and dark air around them throughout the week. I thought someone had died or was fired. I certainly felt a depressive and gloomy vibe during FOX 5 Atlanta broadcasts. The melancholy mood was palatable.

fes

September 9th, 2011
8:57 am

now please get rid of cheryl.

jay

September 9th, 2011
8:58 am

the blond ditz is finally gone, lol. pretty lady, but not good for impromtu live reporting. just my $.02. I don’t get why fox 5 is trying to make everyone in their sports department a news anchor. letting suchita go and now moving Mark off two hours of the morning show is just dumb. hope that isn’t foreshadowing of his future with them.

John

September 9th, 2011
8:58 am

I hate for anyone to loose their job but is has been a tough act to follow since Brett Martin left.

speedygurl

September 9th, 2011
9:00 am

This morning i am home and i saw Mark with the Road Warrior tag at the sight he was visiting. I wondered where Stacey was.

Stacey, wishing the best for you!

Brett Martin

September 9th, 2011
9:01 am

Tim, yes its me, Brett Martin, the Road Warrior…lol. Thanks for the kind words…

joe

September 9th, 2011
9:05 am

Never forget the time a buddy and me met Stacey and another blonde Fox 5 producer/reporter late one night at Fontaine’s in VAHI. It was a weeknight, so it wasn’t crowded at all, but the four of us started doing shots in between beers…which led to yada yada yada. Didn’t make it in to work the next day! She was hot!!

Wink

September 9th, 2011
9:09 am

It may sound sexist but the term Road Warrior doesn’t really work with a female reporter.

John Smith

September 9th, 2011
9:14 am

Suchita Vadlamani left late last year, replaced by Gurvir Dhindsa… I guess Caucasians, Asians or African Americans need not apply. huh?

what? WHAT?

September 9th, 2011
9:17 am

I will never watch Channel 5 again! The show sucks more and more. I met Stacey once and she could not have been nicer! A true class act. I sure hope someone picks her up soon because I will watch wherever she goes.

Jason

September 9th, 2011
9:17 am

It’s time for me to check out the other stations. Best of luck Stacey!

Pretty in Pink

September 9th, 2011
9:22 am

To John Smith- Gurvir Dhindsa is a African American lady.

Billy

September 9th, 2011
9:23 am

Yep, another brain dead, heavy handed, Elaine Zittac-type manager, who has no regard for anyone. They’re just numbers on a sheet. What goes around comes around, Mrs Mgmt Expert. Get ready for YOUR firing. How sweet that will be…

Dville girl

September 9th, 2011
9:24 am

Nobody can beat Brett Martin as the Road Warrior – he was the best and we still miss him!. I loved good Day Atlanta with Mark, Jeff, Suchita, Cheryl, and Brett. It was like family. The chemistry was so great and they all seemed to genuinely have a good time….always made me laugh and start my day out good. I like Gurvir, but I really miss Suchita. I loved it when Mark and Jeff would try to make Suchita laugh. Can’t believe they even thought about taking Mark off the 7-9am time slot. I guess things always change, but sometimes it’s not for the best!

flip

September 9th, 2011
9:24 am

I liked Stacey when she filled in for Suchita. Did it seem Mark Hayes gave her the cold shoulder when she was on? He would not even look at her.

Tiki

September 9th, 2011
9:24 am

I like Mark Hayes even his corny jokes they should have let him stay and host the entire morning show. I also liked Suchita Vadlamani her and Mark Hayes had a very good vibe. The entire crew had a great vibe back then and it’s not the same anymoore. It’s kind of boring now.

Slaphead

September 9th, 2011
9:24 am

LOL I guess India is part of Africa now, Pretty in Pink?

Me

September 9th, 2011
9:25 am

Brett Martin was the best Road Warrior… hands down. Move Mark back, bring back Suchita. I like Gurvir, but she was better with Paul Ossman (back in the “old” days). She & Buck have no chemistry. Buck needs to stay a sports guy. WTF are they doing over there at Fox 5???

NikiG

September 9th, 2011
9:26 am

I have always watched Fox 5 news since all the other stations seem so bland in the a.m. Hands down my favorite Road Warrior was Brett he was fun energetic and had a great personality! I did like Stacy a lit just didn’t think she was right for the Road Warrior sad to see her go. I hope that they are not about to replace Mark because that will be the worst thing that they could possibly do! Buck is an awesome sports guy I can’t get with him being at the desk too long he seem so uncomfortable.

Barnes

September 9th, 2011
9:32 am

I bet they didn’t want to pay her maternity leave!

N-Dawg 77

September 9th, 2011
9:36 am

I’ve been watching Good Day Atlanta for many years now. I remember Brett and was so sad to see him go. He truly was the best. While i hate that Stacey is out of a job, i was not a fan. I do wish her the best though. I don’t like the changes this ‘new management’ is making. Suchita was great and i love Mark! I even emailed Fox 5 last week to let them know how disappointed I am at their decision to move Mark. Hope they bring him back soon. Yeah, they are messing up…

joan benson

September 9th, 2011
9:37 am

We shall miss Stacy and her enthusiam for whatever asignment she undertook. I wish her well in her new”job” as a mother of twins. That is the hardest yet most rewarding job anyone could have.

Dash Rip Rock

September 9th, 2011
9:42 am

Stacey was the only reason I watched Fox5. Robin Meade of CNN is a good back up plan

Jackson with a J

September 9th, 2011
9:47 am

I think Brett was the best RW they had! He had no sense and thats what made him so good. I always wanted to watch that segment to see what he would do or say

Suchita was very pretty and she had an audience on the radio too (Ryan Cameron use to talk about her everytime she had her hair down). Mark, was part of the anchor team that made the two fit so well.

Fox is starting to suck!

redhousecat

September 9th, 2011
9:53 am

we could sure use her on the Birmingham Fox6

Lane

September 9th, 2011
9:54 am

I agree with everyone that the old team was by far the best team-Mark, Suchita and Brett were terrific together. I miss them all in their original teaming.

I hate it for Stacy-being without a job nowadays is no small thing-but FOX really needs to reconsider bringing the originals back!

MissingBrett

September 9th, 2011
9:56 am

Brett – you were the best road warrior. Funny! Would be great if you filled the spot.

MissingBrett

September 9th, 2011
9:59 am

Dville girl – I agree with you 100%!

bulldawg

September 9th, 2011
10:01 am

i really liked Suchita and Mark – great chemistry. been a good day fan for years but watch it less now. loved Brett too. bad decisions fox5.

Brett Martin

September 9th, 2011
10:03 am

You guys are so nice. Thanks a whole bunch ! The Road Warrior (my version) is alive and well…and ready to ROCK ! :)

Tim

September 9th, 2011
10:04 am

Just because Gurvir is a Spelman Grad, does not make her AA, she is Indian.

Tim

September 9th, 2011
10:05 am

Brett, come back to GDA!!!!!!

Vashtai

September 9th, 2011
10:15 am

Never ever watch Fox 5 news at any time. I’m still morning the loss of my beloved Jill Becker to retirement.

Yeknom

September 9th, 2011
10:16 am

I agree that Brett was the best RW ever. I missed him the second he was gone. It never seemed right after that. I also miss Mark. What in the heck are they thinking???? Bring back the old team: Mark, Suchita, Brett and Cheryl. They always started my day to being a “GOOD DAY”!!!!

MTer

September 9th, 2011
10:17 am

I figured Stacey was pregnant, she was wearing clothing she did not usually wear, more flowy. I am surprised about her departure though, I thought she was doing a good job. I do not like Buck on the regular morning show. His personality just does not seem right for that position. I did like Mark and I really liked Brett before he left. Never cared for Suchita- noticed she always had something in her hands so she did not have to shake hands with guests – that is unless maybe some really biggie was there – and then she fell all over herself trying to shake her hand. The common people were ignored.

Always Skeptical

September 9th, 2011
10:20 am

I loved, loved, loved Suchita! I miss her and tho old team….They were so funny together and it really looked like they enjoyed each other’s company. She was so cute and I liked that I saw her here and there around the intown eateries and nightspots. I haven’t really watched much since she left. What is she up to now?

Brett Martin

September 9th, 2011
10:20 am

Hey guys…thanks for all the kinds words about me here. Would I love to come back ? Sure, for so many reasons. Before I got the job waga spent 9 months searching nationwide for someone to take over the Road Warrior position. I was fortunate enough to get it and I ran with it for many years. When I left in 2007 it was purely a money thing. The position was downgraded due to massive cutbacks.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the quality of local tv morning shows has dropped faster than a speeding bullet. When Mark, Suchita, Cheryl, Jeff, and I were the team, we were beating the Today Show and often GMA on a regular basis.
Nowadays, what you are seeing is the best that money can buy, and by the look of things, its not buying much. Its not so much about someone being “better” or “worse” than someone else, its about running with what you have in the stable. That being said…even to this day…people come up to me and call me the Road Warrior…I smile every time.

James

September 9th, 2011
10:22 am

@ John Smith,Suchita Vadlamani was asian you twit..They dont all look alike.

Debbie

September 9th, 2011
10:22 am

Another reason why I moved over to CBS 46 and Better Mornings Atlanta!