ALTOONA — Maggie Smolka will join KC Kantz on the anchor desk weekday mornings at WTAJ.

“Maggie has a unique ability to tell people’s stories with great respect and insight,” said WTAJ-TV Vice President and General Manager Phil Dubrow. “She now brings that to the anchor desk and will help share even more with everyone in Central Pa. “

Smolka’s television news career started at WCYB in Southwest Virginia/Northeast Tennessee, where she was an anchor and reporter for two years. She is a familiar face to many throughout the region; she has been a reporter for WTAJ since July 2017. Her favorite part of the job is connecting with viewers and telling their stories.

“Maggie Smolka is one of the most talented journalists and storytellers in Central Pa., so it’s a natural fit for us to welcome her to the anchor desk, and for our viewers to welcome her into their homes every morning” said Kyle Fobe, WTAJ news director.

“I’m excited to continue connecting with viewers. Storytelling is a passion of mine and I’m so grateful when people in the community trust me to tell their stories,” Smolka said.

Smolka is from Greensburg, but also lived in Florida and California while growing up. She’s a graduate of Emerson College in Boston. At Emerson, she served as the president of her school’s award-winning college television station, WEBN. During her time as president, the station took home the AP college news station of the year. She was also chosen to cover national events like the 2009 presidential inauguration, the Primetime Emmy Awards, and the 86th and 87th Academy Awards.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a team that genuinely wants to start everyone’s day off with a smile,” Smolka said.

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