Popular Young Reporter For NewsChannel 9 Terminated By Sinclair As She Battles Cancer

Monday, December 10, 2018
Alex George
Alex George

A popular young reporter for NewsChannel 9 has been terminated by Sinclair Broadcasting as she battles cancer.

Alex George wrote on her Twitter account on Friday, "Hi all, I want to clarify for those who asked. I want to assure you that treatment is going incredibly well. The decision was not made by me it was @WeAreSinclair. They terminated my contract."

The 22-year-old Ms. George had made an emotional announcement live in early May that she had been diagnosed at a local hospital with a malignant tumor. She vowed to "go home to Philadelphia, get treatment and kick cancer's butt and come right back here."

She said, "The people here and in this community have become ingrained in my life. Hopefully, I'll be back soon here in Chattanooga."

Ms. George reportedly got a call from Sinclair officials on Nov. 19 about the termination.

Her profile page has since been taken down from the station's website.

A week later, Mike Costa announced that he was resigning after 14 years as general manager. He gave no specific reason.

Ms. George had been selected as the most popular local reporter in a Times Free Press poll. 

Senator Bob Corker was among those wishing Ms. George well. He said on Twitter, "I think I speak for many in the Chattanooga area in saying we’re with you, @alexgeorgeNC9! You and the entire @newschannelnine family will be in our thoughts in the coming days and weeks."

Click here to see Ms. George's announcement about leaving for treatment in May.

 

 


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