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Longtime anchor retires, NBC3 studio renamed in her honor

After 47 years at NBC3, longtime anchor Laura Hand says goodbye. Laura retired Saturday morning, signing off for the final time on WSTM-TV.

“It’s our last look which is how we always close the show, and it’s the last for me,” said Laura during her final broadcast.

She then read a poem written by Violet Vela, who writes poetry on the spot using a typewriter based on a word you give her. Laura met her at the New York State Fair and she chose the word “goodbye.”

After attending Syracuse University, Laura began her broadcasting career in 1972 when newsrooms were dominated by men. Breaking barriers, she became the first female reporter at WSTM-TV.

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