25 Years of Medwatch
MedWatch has been giving 7NEWS viewers the latest information on medical news for the past 25 years. In recognition of this milestone, Nicole Jolly, now CCMH’s marketing director and the first MedWatch reporter, looks back on the start of the program. “In 1997 we launched MedWatch 7. It was something that nobody in this area was doing at all. I took the opportunity and just ran with it,” said Jolly. “It’s great to see that MedWatch is still thriving. It’s still serving its purpose, and doing great things for the community,” said Jolly.
Evening Anchor Haley Wilson took MedWatch on full-time four years ago and has recently passed the torch onto GMT Anchor Alexis Young. “So Medwatch has been here as I’ve grown at KSWO. I’ve been here for almost seven years now. If you go watch my very first MedWatch I did, and then my last one it’s almost a different person. I’ve grown so much in confidence, and I think MedWatch helped me do that,” said Wilson.
With so much history behind the program, everyone is excited to see the direction Alexis takes MedWatch. Wilson said, “It becomes your baby, is what we all say. Nicole birthed it, it’s my child, and now Alexis is also kind of going to experience that cause it’s something you have to take care of. You write those stories, you make sure everything’s going smoothly, and that’s your responsibility.”
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