Holly Patrice Wood
, the daughter of Jinny Wood of Celina and the late Duane Wood, has seen a lot of changes in the newsroom of WJAR-TV
in Providence, R.I., since she
began work there on February 4, 1980.
Holly Patrice Wood
Three decades after she first began work as a reporter for the station, Wood is an award-winning journalist who anchors the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, while also serving as the station's Education Watch and Tuesday's Child reporter.
Over the years, Wood
has interviewed a number of famous people, including George H.W. Bush, Billy Joel and Oprah Winfrey.
It wasn't always that way, Wood
Hired as the night beat reporter, Wood noted that she didn't have a lot of experience other than a short stint as a reporter/anchor at WDHO-TV in Toledo and several news positions with WBGU-TV in Bowling Green.
Prior to her
employment at WJAR, Wood
also held internships with the United States House of Representatives
, Time magazine
and the ABC-TV network affiliate in Kansas City, Mo.
"I was extremely green, but determined," Wood said of her start at WJAR, adding that she had planned on staying at the Rhode Island TV station for only two years when she first began work there.
"But something happened," she
"I fell in love with the place and the people (quite literally - I actually married one of them, Paul Pabis).
"Thirty years at Channel 10 isn't what I had planned, but I'm grateful for the phenomenal experience and lasting friendships," Wood
The Rockford native has won a number of awards over the years, including the prestigious Silver Circle award from the New England Association of Television Arts and Sciences
Tuesday's Child reports, which feature children in state care who need permanent homes, have resulted in a number of children being matched with adoptive families.
on February 4 with a special presentation that paid tribute to her
longtime service to the station.
In addition to her parents, Wood also has two sisters, Sheila Baltzell of Celina, editor and owner of The Parkway independent, and Colleen O'Steen of Huntsville, Ala.