Don Postles, Jacquie Walker, Mylous Hairston, and Don Paul at a farewell gathering for Mylous.
I think it really hit me last night when a group of the Channel 4 “long-timers” gathered for an impromptu farewell to Mylous Hairston. I always think of Mylous as one of the “middle-timers” in the newsroom – with solid experience, though still new enough not to remember all the ways it used to be in the day-to-day of our business. But Mylous is leaving WIVB-TV after twenty years among us. Twenty years! That’s a long, long time to share the stuff of work and the stuff of life. Together we have all seen landmark community changes, touching moments, crushing disappointments, satisfying victories, deep tragedies, weddings, babies, graduations, divorces, major health crises, events that made us all laugh together, cry together, and shake our heads in amazement.
News 4 Videogaphers Dan Summerville and Mike Mombrea, Jr., have worked with Mylous since he started at Channel 4.
Mylous and I have worked together for twenty years.
We are experiencing a lot of emotions over Mylous’ sudden resignation. But, mostly, we are very happy for him. He is still young enough to turn a new page on his working life and take with him the great memories and experiences of working as a real reporter in a number-one newsroom providing a vital service to his community. He told me last night that he remembers me trying to talk him out of this business when I first met him 20 years ago. Now, of course, I’m glad he didn’t listen to me — but he said he would do the same thing to anyone trying to enter the business today.
News 4's Al Vaughters, Rich Newberg, and Don Paul are Mylo's friends and colleagues.
He is upbeat, he is optimistic about his future, and he is especially happy that he won’t have to stand in the freezing cold anymore delivering one of those snowstorm live shots! Amen to that — and good luck to our friend, Mylo. Because I had a clear view of him leaving the newsroom Thursday through our maze of cubicles — I stood and applauded as hard as I could. It didn’t take long before everyone jumped up — and joined in. A standing ovation from his colleagues for twenty years of professionalism, service, and friendship.