WHSV Employees Remember Alison Parker

Published: Aug. 26, 2015 at 5:07 PM EDT
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Alison Parker, who was killed early Wednesday morning, also had strong ties to WHSV. She got her start in journalism as an intern at WHSV from August to December of 2012.

"She had an explosive personality. She always smiled, she was full of ideas and full of questions with such a willingness to learn and strived to do the best," said WHSV Meteorologist, Aubrey Urbanowicz.

Everywhere she went, a bright smile always followed.

WHSV Anchor, John Rodgers remembered his encounter with Parker at the Virginia Associated Press Awards banquet in Charlottesville this spring. "She saw all of us from TV-3 and came right up to talk to us. She was so happy to see us."

Despite a busy life as a news reporter, she always made time for those she loved.

WHSV Reporter, Christina Edney had recently talked to Parker. "When I first got the job at WHSV, I could not find stories anywhere and Alison, who was a coworker at WDBJ, reached out to me and asked if I needed any story ideas. She gave me five story ideas of what I could do in Harrisonburg. She loved the area, she loved the Valley," said Edney.

When the paralyzing news of Alison and Adam Ward's horrific murder broke, it also broke hearts right here in our station.

"My husband and I just cried," recalled Urbanowicz.

Edney recounts hearing the news and upon hearing that the victims were Adam Ward and Alison Parker, broke out in tears.

Parker joined WHSV as an intern, but left behind a big legacy in our news department.

"She definitely had a big impact," said Rodgers.

Now memories and prayers from our station go out to everyone at WDBJ and to the families who lost two bright stars today.