They say home is where the heart is, and for this young lady her heart is with her family in Tennessee. Watch a special Come Home celebrating the memories we've shared and the journey ahead for Abby Ham.
She's got the voice you'd recognize anywhere, and for many one of the last faces you see at night.
Competent, comfortable, and confident behind the anchor desk; Abby makes it look easy. A feat she says wouldn't be possible without her years at WTAP.
Abby says, "They kind of threw me in, and were like produce this, anchor this, here's your five o'clock show."
She may have felt thrown in, but those who know Abby best will tell you, she jumped in with both feet.
Abby's mother Cree Ham says, "When she was a little girl she made a tape. I imagine she was like 11 years old, and it was a whole morning show, and it’s amazing to see her grow up and actually be doing the same thing."
Destined for success in the news business since childhood, Abby is packing her bags and moving up in the field. Now armed with experience, this once timid girl has accepted an anchor/reporter position at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Abby says, “It's very exciting because I'm going home, and I will be in Knoxville where my parents live.”
Abby's mother Cree Ham says, "We have always been so close, and I can’t even express to you how exciting it is to have her come home.”
Come home to her family and a new opportunity, a move Abby says she couldn't make without the support of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Abby Ham says, "I have just grown so close to this community, and to the people, and you guys. I mean, I have so many friends. It's just gonna be really sad to leave. Yeah, it's gonna be really bittersweet, that's the only thing you can say."