The Critical 'I'

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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

It's a sad day in Tampa Bay as longtime news anchor Sue Zelenko is hanging them up to get married and devote time to her family and private life.

Of course, I never watch any local TV news, so I can't say I'll be missing her broadcasts. But Sue has been a local celebrity and fixture on the airwaves for 13 years, and hard to miss through station promos and various appearances and activities. So her retirement will be a distinct loss for the area.

Sue did gain a measure of fame before coming to Tampa Bay. During her time as anchor at WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan, she got about a minute of movie-screen time in Roger & Me, Michael Moore's breakout documentary. You won't find her mentioned in the credits, probably because her appearance was in the form of a clip from a regularly-scheduled news broadcast. But as you can see from this copy of the film's script, she's identified by name on Page 5.

I've never met Sue Zelenko. I did see her in person once, in a non-professional setting, at the grand opening of BayWalk a few years back. She was as perky and animated as you'd expect a blonde news anchor to be, leading her date from one storefront to another in quick order. No clue if the guy she was with that night is now the lucky groom.

I'm glad that Sue has demonstrated that it is possible to bow out of the local television news business gracefully. Not every newscaster can say that.