Viewers write in to support Dawn, Patrick - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Viewers write in to support Dawn, Patrick

By Jay Warren

Last Thursday Dawn Jefferies had to leave our morning show abruptly after becoming sick. That prompted an outpouring of support from many viewers and others wondering what happened.

One viewer wrote, “Please get well soon! You are in our prayers for a rapid recovery! Hope to see your smiling beautiful face back on the air, soon!”

Another wrote, “We miss you in the mornings! Please take care of yourself and we are looking forward to your return! Get well very soon!”

Finally, Allen asked, “I have missed you and wondered what happened. I hope you and your baby will be all right. God bless you and have a speedy recovery. Will you please keep me posted?”

We want to thank everyone for their concern for Dawn. And I want to explain why we are not able to give out a lot of details about what happened. WSLS like all other companies is prohibited by federal law from disclosing any health information about employees. The law is in place to protect people's privacy. Dawn did give us permission to let you know that she's doing fine, getting the treatment she needs, and that she'll be back to work as soon as possible.

Others had kudos for Meteorologist Patrick McKee who had to unexpectedly read the news and deliver the weather.

One viewer wrote, “I think Patrick did a great job this morning! I missed seeing Dawn, but Patrick makes a great news anchor and stays cool under the pressure of having to do both weather and news together. Great job!”

Finally, our snow coverage prompted a flurry of complaints about the weather updates that cut into network programming.

But this viewers says get over it, writing, “I for one would rather stay safe and have my program interrupted... by the way ya'll are doing a great job than take a chance on me or someone in my family or someone else getting hurt. For all of you people out there: quit whining. I think WSLS is doing a super fabulous job... not only the weathermen... but the whole team.”

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