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WUSA9 celebrates Andrea Roane's 37 years of excellence

WUSA celebrates Andrea Roane's 37 years of journalism excellence as she prepares for life in retirement.

Stephanie Wilson

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Published: 7/20/2018 3:16:09 PM
Updated: 1:04 PM EDT July 27, 2018

WASHINGTON -- It's been nearly four decades, that's how long viewers have welcomed Andrea Roane into their homes, like a member of the family.

She has made it her mission to inform, inspire and impact lives throughout the Washington area. But, Andrea's commitment to the community did not just start when she came to D.C.

You see, what you may not know is that her journalism career began in the New Orleans Parish Public School system. A parent, touched by Andrea's dedication to teaching, asked her to apply for the education reporter job at the local public TV station.

She did and got hired. Andrea even took on the responsibility to secure grants to keep the program on the air.

Five years later, she and her husband, Michael, moved to Washington. She got a job hosting a local PBS program. But, needless to say that gig didn't last long, and in 1981 Channel 9 snagged her.

You name it. She's anchored every newscast and covered it all. Politics, arts, local issues and newsmakers. Andrea has been that steady, reassuring voice and a constant link to viewers.

To top it off, she's received countless awards and recognition for her decades of work in journalism.

The multi-EMMY and Gracie award winner is also the recipient of the 2015 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Governors Award. A 2014 DC Hall of Fame inductee and a 2006 Washingtonian of the Year for her continued work on breast cancer awareness.

Professional, poised and polished. Warm, talented and beautiful. There's just no simple way to describe Andrea Roane.

But what we do know for sure is that this devoted daughter, wife, mother and, yes, grandmother leaves behind a legacy of giving back and paying it forward.

She's a rare jewel that will be hard to replace. Congratulations Andrea. Happy retirement.

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