WEST PALM BEACH — Veteran newswoman and CBS12 bureau chief Jana Eschbach is hanging up her microphone at the end of this month.
This is just the latest in a series of departures from local news organizations. Corporate-owned media are hemorrhaging talent and replacing seasoned journalists with 20-year-old bobble head dolls.
But Eschbach covered the Treasure Coast for 15 years and was beloved by the community she covered. Eschback did journalism the old-fashioned way and was truly immersed in the cities she covered.
“I didn’t get points for being flashy,” she said in a Facebook post announcing her departure, “but I fought for this region every day.”
Eschbach says she’s leaving the news to help out several non-profit medical clinics.
She posted her goodbyes just hours ago, and hundreds have responded with well-wishes and love.
Here’s her message in full:
“It’s been an amazing ride. I’ve spent the better part of 15 years covering this community for CBS 12, and Its been the honor of my life to do so. But it’s time.
“After this month, I will start a new journey working to expand non-profit clinics.
“And in doing so, I’ll begin to tell my own story..I’ll be home for the holidays. I won’t stand in storms. I will be able to have dinner with my husband and step daughters. I will get a life. Maybe even a bigger boat.
“I’ve often filled my life with your stories, so much so, I start early and work late- with little time for myself and my family.
‘It’s been my dream since I was 8 years old to be a tv reporter.
“And I’ve done that and served you all the best I could. I fought for those in unfair situations, tried to uncover fraud and poor leadership, and rallied with the community when our waters run green. Someone, I hope, will pick up the torch.
“Thank you to my team of photographers through the years: Jeff Fleming ( Kathy Nadurska Fleming) Jason Probel, Frank Porter and last but not least Michael Denninger who will hopefully get a new Treasure Coast Reporter to work with.
“To those who I see or speak to daily- thank you for your guidance and support. I will miss you, and the laughs we had.
“I left before to try the private sector, and I hated it. So I came back. This time, I’m ready. And I say thank you to all of you for sharing your life stories with me for 15 years. I didn’t get points for being flashy- but I fought for this region every day.