Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Maria Salazar left FOX 26 KRIV

Maria Salazar

Maria Salazar let's us know that she resigned from her FOX 26 KRIV reporting position in September 2021.

Salazar shared her brave story on her Facebook page:

"Three months ago, a chapter in my life ended. I left my career in local TV news. I wanted to post something publicly. At least, a goodbye. I didn't know what to write. 

It was hard to put into words why I left. Burnout? 


But it went beyond that. 

Around the same time I left, some articles came out about the wave of resignations in the industry. I tried to read one. It began with a story about an executive producer candidate crying when discussing an opportunity to 'advance' her career. 

I barely finished the second paragraph before I couldn't make out the words on the screen through my own tears. I did that a lot. I cried a lot. 

When I told management I had to resign because I couldn't do it anymore, I couldn't keep it together. I cried like I cried during my dark encounters with postpartum depression in mid-2020. I could barely mumble words...and I didn't fully understand why I was crying. 

Months later, I'm still trying to articulate my decision. The best way I can explain it now is my priorities changed. What I am willing to allow to consume my mental load, energy, and time has changed. I wanted meaningful work that values my talents and my role as a mother. Where I don't feel like I'm constantly in a futile battle. 

I found it. I'm still telling meaningful stories -- with compassion and creativity. It's what I love. And, although the mom guilt never goes away, I am spending more time with my family. Lots more. I'm feeling better. 

I recently heard someone say the 'Great Resignation' about people leaving their jobs in 2021 is actually the 'Great Revelation.' Indeed, for me it has been. Three months ago, a new chapter in my life began."

Salazar joined FOX 26 as a general assignment reporter in February 2018.

She came to KRIV Houston from WFMZ 69 News in Lehigh Valley, PA where she worked as a bilingual reporter.

Before that, Salazar worked as a reporter/producer for Telemundo Atlanta WKTB and WUVM 4 Azteca Atlanta.

The Georgia State University grad is a three-time Southeast Emmy award-winning reporter.

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