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Cheryl White leaving ‘Good Day Atlanta’ Dec. 28

cheryl whiteOver the past two years, the “Good Day Atlanta” on-air staff has gone through a few changes. The latest departure: Cheryl White, a long-time traffic and weather anchor.

White has been with Fox 5 for 15 years.

She posted a message on her public Facebook page earlier today, where more than 200 people have made comments:

It’s been a privilege working on Good Day Atlanta for so many years. December 28th will be my last day. I wish continued success to the entire Good Day team.

Fox 5 is seeking a replacement but the new job requires more multimedia duties.

Others who have left “Good Day Atlanta” over the past two years include anchor Suchita Vadlamani (still in Atlanta but not in media), anchor Mark Hayes (now anchoring in Dallas) and “Road Warrior” Stacy Elgin (raising her twins). Arrivals include anchors Ron Gant and Gurvir Dhindsa.

Here’s White’s current bio on the Fox 5 website:

Cheryl White is a traffic and weather anchor for Good Day Atlanta.

Cheryl has been guiding Atlanta drivers through rush-hour gridlock since 1997. And if Cheryl sounds familiar, you’re right! Before going in front of the camera, she worked behind the microphone at several radio stations in Atlanta.

When she’s not tracking your commute, Cheryl is often tracking your weather. In 2006, Cheryl earned her Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, and has since become an integral part of the FOX 5 Storm Team. She is currently a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.

Cheryl wakes up while most of Atlanta is still sleeping to get ready for reports starting at 5 a.m. How does she make it all look so easy? Cheryl draws upon her vast background in news, traffic, and weather; which includes over a decade of experience in Atlanta and five years as a television news and weather anchor in Indiana.

A graduate of ISUE, Indiana State University-Evansville, Cheryl enjoys flower gardening and needle arts in her free time. And if there’s a fire, Cheryl is a good person to have around since is also a graduate of the Roswell-Alpharetta Public Safety Fire.

Ratings are about the same for “Good Day Atlanta” in December 2012 vs. December 2011.

Cheryl now resides in Lilburn with her husband.

Other “Good Day Atlanta” items of (relatively) recent vintage:

12/27/10: Suchita Vadlamani leaves “Good Day Atlanta”

3/8/11: Gurvir Dhindsa returns to WAGA-TV

9/8/11: Stacey Elgin is out at Fox 5

10/10/11: Joanne Feldman takes over for Jeff Hill on ‘Good Day Atlanta.’

4/5/12: Mark Hayes departs “Good Day Atlanta.”

4/16/12: Mark Hayes joins NBC affiliate in Dallas.

9/24/12: Ron Gant becomes an anchor at “Good Day Atlanta.”

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74 comments Add your comment

GSU Men's BB Fan

December 18th, 2012
5:49 pm

Good Day Atlanta hasn’t been worth watching since Amanda Davis and Paul Ossman left.

News Watcher

December 18th, 2012
5:59 pm

Fox 5 is obviously cleaning house with their new management. They are getting rid of all the veterans, so they can make room for others who can’t even read a teleprompter! Good Day Atlanta is nothing like it used to be…no Sucheetha, Mark, Jeff, and now Cheryl. This is the last straw.
I know I will NOT be watching anymore. They have gotten rid of all the good talent. I hope TPTB are resting well in that bed they made.

bulldogbubba

December 18th, 2012
6:01 pm

Good Day has gone downhill in the last 2 years.Gurvir is alright, but Buck and Karen need to go back to Sports. Ron Gant still needs a lot of work at reading the teleprompter and his delivery. JoAnne is a great weather person but Jeff Hill was the comic relief along with Mark Hayes and that is gone with the 4 they have now.Atlanta tv is going for “cheap” with the news anchor at all stations except for channel 2. Merry Christmas to All!!!!!!!!!!

Go Vols

December 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

It has been unwatchable with Ron Gant anyway. Good baseball player. Newscaster? Not so much. YIKES…

StupidIsAsStupidDoes

December 18th, 2012
6:18 pm

I bet Channel 2 is happy Fox 5 keeps making poor decisions. Good luck to Cheryl, I’m done with Fox 5. Channel 2 has yet another new viewer.

Miss U

December 18th, 2012
6:22 pm

Gosh, Cheryl was one of the best, she’ll be missed. However, since Ron Gant can’t read too well, I’ve already changed over to Channel 2 News. Later Fox 5.

Michael Sullivan

December 18th, 2012
6:30 pm

Good Day Atlanta has been going down hill since Suchita Vadlamani and Mark Hayes left. Why mess with something when it is not broke. Channels 11 and 46 were never worth watching so my viewing time will go to WSB each morning before Good Morning America comes on. RIP Good Day Atlanta.

Blue Flame

December 18th, 2012
7:02 pm

It will never be the same without Suchita. She made it worth getting up early just to see her.

Justin

December 18th, 2012
7:23 pm

Go Vols

December 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

While I have always been a fan of Ron Gant I do agree with you. He doesn’t have the communication experience it takes to be a good anchor. I could see him doing sports segment, but I’m not impressed with his new position either.

FOX has given the ax to so many great morning anchors it not funny. I already switch back and forth between WSBTV and 11 Alive anyway.

Justin

December 18th, 2012
7:26 pm

I’m not surprised either by this change. I said a while ago I could see them getting rid of Cheryl also. They will probably replace her with someone younger and slimmer.

Go Dawgs!

December 18th, 2012
7:30 pm

This is so sad. I guarantee you in a month’s time, a young, skinny chick will take her place. Probably someone with no experience, just like they did with that Elle chick on 11, who clearly has no idea what she’s talking about. Fox 5 management thinks that we, the viewers, are a bunch of dummies. Well, I got news for you, you just got rid of the only legitimate traffic reporter in Atlanta. While 2 does a good job, there are too many people talking too fast. I guess that is what I’ll have to watch now, and not even understand. Bad move, Fox 5, bad move.  

Bitsy Lou Holder

December 18th, 2012
7:51 pm

The biggest mistake Fox 5 made is when they let that Marc Bailey slip out to California. That show was terrific when Marc, Guivere Densa and Nancy Loveland did the show. I looked forward to starting the day with them. Bring back Marc Bailey!

Jen

December 18th, 2012
8:12 pm

Cheryl,

Will miss you and cannot wait to see which station you will be on next! I will be watching you then. Good luck!!

OldTimer

December 18th, 2012
8:37 pm

There must be a moron running this TV station.

Eric

December 18th, 2012
8:48 pm

IMO, 11’s morning news used to be good with Jill Becker as co-anchor. Ted Hall is good… Karyn and Elle are okay… Don’t really like Chesley McNeil all that much. I miss Jim Basile’s traffic reports The only likeable talent on 11’s evening newscasts is Brenda Wood… also like Chris Holcomb too. Don’t really care for the current news director either… and don’t care for the Gannett graphics and music either.

2 manages to remain the highest-rated local news station… even though Monica, John, and Chuck are no longer on the evening newscasts… and Pam Martin has since departed. Glenn Burns will most likely stick around for another 4 or 5 more years.

There are several likeable talents on 5. If Amanda Davis is allowed to return to 5… I could see her work-load possibly being scaled back… and her being moved to Noon newscasts… Russ and Lisa on 5, 6 & 10PM newscasts. Ken Cook is an excellent weather forecaster… and he’s nearing retirement age. Good Day used to be good with Amanda and Paul as co-host… and I feel that the 20-year-old morning show has become a shell of its former self. Disappointed that Cheryl is leaving.

46 used to be good as Georgia’s News at 10PM… CBS moved to 46, after 5 took FOX away from 36. The station can’t seem to hold on to decent male anchors long-term… and has managed to keep Stephany since 2003. Gene Norman was an excellent weather forecaster with an impressive resume, including working for NASA, and didn’t sugar-coat the weather… he moved to KHOU-TV, and I understand he’s no longer at the Houston CBS affiliate. Lori Wilson and Laura Huckabee were good too… miss Joy Barge’s traffic reports. 46 jettisoned its sports department in favor of partnership with 790 The Zone… and dumped Noon newscast.

C J

December 18th, 2012
8:56 pm

Is anyone at the helm @ FOX5? I liked Cheryl’s professionalism and attitude. With Amanda out and Cheryl leaving, the only people I still enjoy reporting my news is Russ Spencer and Ken Cook at weather. But I’ve transferred over to Channel 2 WSBTV. I like their entire cast. They seem to keep real talent instead of tossing them. Bye FOX5

chankagirl

December 18th, 2012
8:59 pm

Gurvir sounds false and appears to be trying too hard to be likeable. Ron is stilted in his delivery and in the lighter moments between him and Gurvir, their intereactions seem forced.
Fox 5 wants to be the #1 TV station but I don’t see that happening anytime soon with the changes they have made.

DOOMED!

December 18th, 2012
9:04 pm

Life, as we know it, is over. The Mayans were right, just off by 7 days.

The Masked Superstar

December 18th, 2012
9:17 pm

Well they finally succeeded in busting up the best morning crew in Atlanta TV. Suchita, Mark, Jeff and Cheryl were a great team. I wish Suchita would start her own show, she’d bury the competition. Fox 5 sucks all the way around now.

Sharon Barker

December 18th, 2012
9:24 pm

Congratulations, Fox 5. You have successfully ruined the best morning show. I kept hoping for some kind of saving grace. You officially suck. Why do you continue to ruin a good thing? Who is continually making the worst decisions they could possibly make? Are there college students making the decisions over there?

aaa

December 18th, 2012
9:27 pm

I totally agree with Michael Sullivan’s post. Mark and Suchita had great chemistry with Jeff. I tried to watch even after Suchita left but Gurvir is not very good and once they added Karen White and Buck, I only watched the weather and I haven’t watched a minute since Mark Hayes.

say what?

December 18th, 2012
9:35 pm

I will miss Cheryl. The time she had dark hair and dark eye make up, was not a great time to watch; however, she has been appreciated every morning that she has been correct with the weather and traffic.
No one can take her place at saying “Don’t go there!”
Best wishes for a wonderful new career move.
Buh-bye Fox 5. I have to go back to the poor looping every 15 minutes on WSB than to sit and wait what cheap personality Fox 5 will bring in.

Jesse Hancock

December 18th, 2012
9:36 pm

I think this SUCKS bigtime. I really like cheryl and its a shame that shes leaving.. Ron Gant on this morning team??? UH.. Yeah.. I dont understand hes so stiff, and seems lost ! Love you cheryl, resurface somewhere please?

SD

December 18th, 2012
9:38 pm

Sorry to hear Cheryl White is leaving. There have been too many changes at Fox 5 as of late. The “filling in” isn’t working- everyone has different strengths. I will be re-evaluating what news I watch now. Thank goodness Russ Spencer is still there!

Ned Puddleman

December 18th, 2012
9:46 pm

Joanne Feldman rocks! As long as she is on there who cares about the rest of the cast.

Ejohn1970

December 18th, 2012
10:50 pm

I’ve watched Good Day Atlanta since Amanda Davis and Paul Ossman hosted the show. I loved the team of Suchita, Mark, Jeff, and Cheryl. Fox5, you have made some major changes and your viewers are not happy. For sometime now, I’ve watched WSB on the weekends. I guess I’ll start watching WSB in the mornings too. Good Day Atlanta is pitiful. And, I’m sorry Ron Gant is not the one you want to hear from early in the morning struggling to read a teleprompter. I truly believe I could do a better job.

snailboy

December 18th, 2012
11:50 pm

I think hiring Ron Gant is a joke. Fox 5 good bye. I will not watch your news! WSB TV is better.

dsfd

December 18th, 2012
11:53 pm

It looks like Fox 5 had to take the weight off their shoulder….literally

dsfd

December 18th, 2012
11:55 pm

I will finally be able to see the traffic info on the screen since there will be a slimmer person there. :)

SAWB

December 19th, 2012
12:04 am

Good luck to Cheryl, but really what was her function? She did a 20 second traffic report every fifteen minutes good work if you can get it.

PV

December 19th, 2012
1:03 am

Cheryl White, You’re as good as they get in the Traffic biz. Atlanta will surely miss you.
Best of luck, Enjoy!

Nonia

December 19th, 2012
1:25 am

Beep Beep….
Don’t go there!
Honestly I stopped watching this horrendous show since the Mark Hayes, Suchita, Jeff Hill combination was broken up-
My mornings are devoted to Better Mornings Atlanta with Brandon, Tracye, and Jennifer since they have the chemistry that Good Day used to have with Mark, Suchita and Jeff Hill-
Occasionally I may flip back and forth between Better Mornings Atlanta and WSBTV since they have the repeated news loop format for breaking stories-
Good Day Atlanta needs to disappear for a while until the right format can be acheived

Monika Coughman

December 19th, 2012
1:44 am

Ron Gant: He is good comedy each morning watching him try to read the teleprompter.
Gay Road Warrior guy. He is good and funny.
Joanne Feldman. She is fun to watch!

Tony

December 19th, 2012
2:16 am

I will really miss Cheryl White. She adds so much personality and glue to that morning show. She really knows the Atlanta Traffic and good with the weather too! Was always a genuine professional.

Inside Information

December 19th, 2012
5:38 am

The first comments are actually written by the fired employees of Channel 5 that were listed in the article. Nice going Einsteins.

Tom

December 19th, 2012
5:52 am

Cheryl White is a great body. I am a BBW lover. Sh is luscious.

Matthew Lane

December 19th, 2012
6:15 am

Non-renewal of highly or higher paid talent. End of story. Does the big boss want to miss their bonus and keep someone who could easily be replaced for less than half of what they’re paying them? No way. Most of these moves are entirely about money, specifically dumping salaries and other costs so big bonuses can be made.

KennesawJay

December 19th, 2012
6:19 am

Be blessed Cheryl!

Fox management continues to destroy the morning show…or at least what’s left of it.

She Will be Missed

December 19th, 2012
6:46 am

You can’t help but wonder what is going on with a TV station when their on-air personalities begin leaving en masse. Something is definitely wrong. The best to Cheryl. She will do well wherever she goes.

Billy

December 19th, 2012
7:14 am

Saw Stacey Elgin on Channel 11 last week, so she’s no longer in retirement “taking care of her two twins,” at least not exclusely.
I remember when CW started at CH 5. She was a lot more slim and did the weather. Not sure whether keeping her figure slim would have protected her, but if I made my living on TV, absent some insurmountable physical condition, (thyroid), I’d keep the weight off…
Best of luck, Cheryl. You’re the unfortunate victim of some worthless rich person who only knows how to destroy and abuse their authority. You’ll find another place to flourish, because you’re professional in every aspect of your duties. Sorry it had to happen at Christmas, but whoever did the dirty deed will have it happen to him in time.
You reap what you sow, little rich man, so enjoy yourself before someone saws off the limb you’re perched on…

Kari

December 19th, 2012
7:56 am

I’ll miss Cheryl! Unfortunately, Good Day has gone through a lot of personnel changes throughout the 10 years I’ve watched it. (I still miss Mark Hayes) I’m happy Gurvir is back and really enjoy Karen, especially in her expanded format, but it feels as though by the time I feel an anchor is “family” they leave. I’m afraid I have to agree about Ron Gant. He should have gotten more training before being put in front of a camera. I’m sure he’s a great guy and seems to have a lot of potential (you can see it when he forgets about the camera and the teleprompter), but he has to work on his delivery … And Billy, your comments about Cheryl’s weight are just plain thoughtless and rude.

Petee Wetee

December 19th, 2012
8:52 am

I am so sad to hear Cheryl Curry leaving, she is so professional. Sad to say however Ron Gant just cant seem to get it right as far as the reading of the teleprompters, I so tried to give him the benefit of doubt and bestow some patience but it just ain’t getting better with him. Gurvir is so stiff that she seems tensed. I like Amanda Davis reporting of the news however how much negative press can you receive from alcohol related instances (get it right Amanda) Amanda is so very talented – please don’t allow alcohol to ruin your calling. I saw Cheryl Curry in the craft store and I nudged my sister and said that is the traffic lady from Fox-5 and Cheryl said yep this is me and smiled. How many people do you find that are that normal. Most people act as if they don’t even have an audience and ignore you. Joann is perfect and I enjoy how she delivers the weather .

Jersey

December 19th, 2012
9:15 am

Don’t go there- to Good Day any more. Suchita, Mark now Cheryl. Sad day.

Bobby

December 19th, 2012
9:40 am

It is obvious that the above posters are friends of Cheryl. Hopefully they will pitch in a get her a pair of running shoes and a treadmill for Christmas.

Kevin

December 19th, 2012
9:50 am

I guess it is no longer a Good Day for Fox 5….Poor Ron Gant, while he is not bad on the eyes to watch in the morning. He really isn’t that great of a Anchor. I give up on Fox 5 and I am sticking to WSB 2….At least they have some nice Eye Candy on their broadcast. Ryan Young is sooooo hot.

CJJ

December 19th, 2012
9:53 am

I don’t watch Fox 5 News anymore, the quality of reporting is not the same. My best to Cheyl in her next endeavor.

J-J

December 19th, 2012
9:55 am

Once ratings drop they will see the mistakes.

J-J

December 19th, 2012
9:55 am

Once ratings drop they will see the mistakes.

J-J

December 19th, 2012
9:55 am

Once ratings drop they will see the mistakes.

Russ

December 19th, 2012
9:56 am

I agree with Bobby. Cheryl has an obvious weight problem. She needs to take some time off and take care of her problem before it becomes life threatening.