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Julia Yarbough Set to Leave WTVJ

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Julia Yarbough - Photo Via: NBCMiami.com
Julia Yarbough - Photo Via: NBCMiami.com

Julia Yarbough joined the NBC6 news team in April 1998 as a fresh and talented face, stolen from WSVN. Since the time she joined WTVJ, she’s won multiple awards including ‘Best Female Anchor’ by the Broward New Times. One of her most recent and memorable assignments was her reporting from the Beijing Olympics. Now, over ten years and multiple co-anchors later, Yarbough is set to leave the TV news screens for good this week. SFLTV was the first to bring you the news of her departure two months ago, and today we were informed she is leaving this Tuesday.

SFLTV.com spoke with Ms. Yarbough about her departure, and future plans.

“My time with NBC6 has been one of the most amazing and exciting career rides, but it’s simply time to get off the high-speed rollercoaster that runs in the intense amusement park called TV news!” Yarbough said.

Although we reported two months ago that she was actively developing a website, those plans appear to have been false… at least for the time being. She tells us that although she has ideas about future Internet based blogs/video ideas, nothing is concrete as of yet.

As for her immediate plans for life after WTVJ, she plans to vacation “a lot,” and is actively seeking her Master’s degree in International Business. Her future goals also include eventually getting her certification as a personal trainer, a goal that she has had for years due to her love of exercise.

Julia’s final produced on-air story will air Monday, and she will say her final goodbyes during Tuesday’s shows. We wish all the luck to Julia on what ever she plans to do in the future, and she will truly be missed on air. Good luck, Julia!

Note: We’ll have news about Julia Yarbough’s “replacement” later on in the week, only on SFLTV.com.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Nice job, folks. I like Julia, not a huge fan, but she certainly is not an empty shell filling a chair. She should be the one staying on 6.

  2. I’ve worked with Julia. And, can say that she is a class act. Her on air personality is the same off air. She always has a smile and is a great person. Good luck if you happen to take the fitness trainer route.

  3. I have the box of tissues ready for tomorrow’s show. WE ALL WILL MISS JULIA… Who is going to replace Julia?

  4. Julia,

    It has been a pleasure watching you. I wish you all the best in the future. I mean you have been the reason why I watch NBC6 from time to time to see your smilling beautiful. I wish you were not leaving us. I hope one day soon you will return. I mean it seems just like yesterday that you graced our screens and now your leaving us.

    🙁 🙁

  5. Talking to others at WTVJ, I hear Julia is considered one of the nicest people at the station. I’m betting she found out either WTVJ won’t be renewing her contract or offered her much less in a new contract. Pretty soon, they will put peanut butter in a monkey’s mouth and have him do the news, much like TBS did about 30 years ago.

  6. On the Sunday late night news after the football games, WTVJ has been pairing Amara Sohn with Jackie. Maybe that’s a sign of things to come.

  7. MITCHELL,
    If Belkys was leaving I would be leaving with her in my Chanel outfit from head to toes.

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  8. The only reason to watch WTVJ now is for Pam & Bob in the mornings. Julia is a great talent and very likable. She made you feel like you knew her. Who’ll be replacing her? I guess the traffic girl who recently learned to read from a prompter??

  9. The only reason I started watching WTVJ more recently is because of Julia. I know their ratings have gone up since she filled that main coanchor seat. Get rid of Jackie and beg Julia to stay. I cant stand watching Jackie, when shes working solo I change the channel and am back to WSVN, well i guess we will see what happens. Its terrible news, and terrible for WTVJ, you will see their ratings will be affected!

  10. As a viewer, I’ve never cared much for Jackie; but I think she’s competent as a news reader. I used to listen to her on 87.7 FM without the video and I thought she delivered the news just fine. She runs into problems when she has to ad-lib and do the anchor banter.

  11. At NBC-6, The one they need to be encouraged to stay are leaving, and the one they should be leaving are staying. Case and point, Kelly, Julia, Bogart, O’dell, and Simons.

  12. Ohhh Yulia, she’ll be missed, good luck to her and whatever her future plans are; she’ll succeed in everything

  13. Saw her last broadcast last night @ 11 – a few random comments:

    The “montage” was just horrible. No continuity – just random shots (one or two where Jackie was predominant) that looked pretty lame. I’ve got to wonder who put that mess together.

    Nespral, Rose, and Morales really had nothing to say, so they sort of just mumbled stuff at the end. Sort of embarrassing.

    Julia’s comments at the very end were top notch and class – typical for her.

    Good for her, getting out of the business. She certainly deserves better. Best of luck to her and hers!

  14. NESPRAL HAS GOT TO GO, I JUST CAN’T STAND HER…SHE SEEMS SO FAKE…MORALES SHOULDN’T HAVE MUCH TO SAY BEING THAT HE IS NEW. I DEFINITELY AGREE THAT JULIA DID END WITH CLASS, WISH SHE WASNT LEAVING!

  15. Don’t want to make this thread another “Nespral must go” exercise, but Julia went out with predictable style, and Jackie’s glaring weaknesses were on full display. She has absolutely no ability for interplay with others on-set. This was the main flaw (one of many) which Sally Fitz suffered from. Conversely, Kelly Craig could give and take with even the biggest stiff parked next to her, and if there was any rapport, look out (read Bob Mayer!)!

  16. Sad to see Julia go… but the fact that she got a whole “goodbye” montage at all while Kelly was shown nothing except the door is aggravating.

  17. CSA – very aggravating that Kelly Craig and so many others who were laid off (from 6 and so many other stations) don’t even get to say good-bye. Key word is laid-off… It sounds like Julia left on her own accord. You would think that anyone who is asked to leave early would at least be given the dignity of working one more day to say good-bye, but alas TV stations and all media outlets are businesses… cold, heartless businesses. I doubt this would have happened when Kelly Craig started at the station nearly 20 years ago.

    I also thought the Julia montage was a little weak, especially for someone who has worked for the station for 10+ years. I am guessing they threw that to an intern who spent about three hours on it in total, including cultivating clips and editing (and that might be generous). Jackie wasn’t as bad as I’ve seen her in other situations like this, but she really is terrible when the teleprompter isn’t involved. It doesn’t help that they had to play that scene out three times – at 6, 7 and 11 p.m.

    I wish Julia all the best – her farewell was great and I know she has many days of happiness ahead.

  18. This may be a good time to paraphrase an old Mac Davis lyric, “…happiness is TVJ in my rear view mirror…”

  19. speaking of Kelly Craig… I saw a promo this morning for South Florida Today, Martha and their 1 p.m. show (whatever that is).

    The graphic showing all three shows still had Kelly Craig’s picture for South Florida Today!

    She’s been off the show for several months at this point – unbelievable!!

  20. I’d say slow is more like it.

    I’m still waiting for them to fix their audio problems during their local news broadcasts. Audio’s been out of phase for close to a year now. I can’t believe nobody hears this or notices it.

    Either they just don’t give a crap or they’re complete morons. Possibly both.

  21. Joe, I agree with both! Now that Juila is gone does that mean Jackie is solo again? Is her contract almost done?

  22. audio isn’t their only issue… but I have definitely noticed a lot of mics turned off when they should be on. In addition to this the camera work just about gives you vertigo on some nights. I saw them zoom way in (like 100x, on Julia’s button) one night, then way back out within a five second span.

    The news breaks in the morning during the TODAY show were VERY rough for a long time. They seem to have improved now that they are just doing traffic and weather during them.

  23. In this market (and even ones above it), there’s no excuse for the crap that goes on the air for this long. It’s that, or the standards have sunk to new lows. Either way, it’s the pits and it sucks.

  24. I HOPE YOU GET THIS LETTER ! IAM IN DENVER AND I KNOW YOU ARE LOOKING TO MEET YOUR SOULMATE ! DONT LOOK ANY FURTHER !YOU CAN GEE ME ON FACEBOOK AND WHILE YOU ARE IN DENVER I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE YOU OUT TO DINNER ! 720= 374=9233

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