INDIANAPOLIS - After 29 years in TV news, and 23 years at RTV6, RTV6 reporter Stacia Matthews is leaving the business.
Matthews, a longtime general assignment and health reporter, has taken a position as public relations manager for the Indiana Spine Group.
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"This is a special opportunity professionally that will also allow me to pursue my master's degree in public health, a longtime goal of mine," Matthews said. "I’m excited, but also sad, because I’m leaving a place that’s been like home."
The Ohio native got her start in broadcasting with a once-in-a lifetime kiss.
While interning at a television station in Toledo, Matthews was assigned to interview Muhammad Ali. But when Matthews arrived with a photographer, the boxing champ was nowhere around.
"I was looking for him when he tapped me on the shoulder from behind and asked, 'Are you looking for me?' When I turned around, he introduced himself and leaned over and gave me a kiss. I was beaming. It was much better than an autograph," Matthews recalled.
Matthews went on to work as a reporter at WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Va., and WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tenn. She also lived in Washington, D.C., where she was a press assistant to U.S. Rep. Ed Weber of Ohio.
Matthews came to RTV6 in 1989 and has since been honored with two Emmy nominations, an award from The Associated Press and a "Best Feature" Spectrum Award from the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
Outside of work, Matthews is a singer in Henle and the Loops, a band comprised mostly of doctors that performs at charity events. She's also a motivational speaker, a member of the National Kidney Foundation and a former board member of the Indiana Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
"It’s been amazing. From my assignment in Afghanistan, to 'A Darn Good Heart,' I've enjoyed and been fulfilled by covering stories that have helped me become a better person, one who wants to do more to serve her community," Matthews said. "Thank you for all your support!"
Matthews' last day at RTV6 is Friday.